Susan Lowell

Susan Lowell's family has lived in the American West since Gold Rush days. She is the author of several picture books for children, including a Reading Rainbow Book, The Three Little Javelinas,, and a winner of a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, The Bootmaker and the Elves, which is now out of print. She has also written several nonfiction books. She and her husband and their two daughters divide their time between Tucson, AZ, and a ranch near the Mexican border.


A Very Hairy Christmas Cover Image
By Susan Lowell, Jim Harris (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781933855806
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Published: Rio Nuevo Publishers - August 2012

When hungry Coyote, instead of Santa Claus, visits their desert home on Christmas Eve, the three javelinas must figure out how to save Christmas.


The Great Grand Canyon Time Train Cover Image
By Susan Lowell, John W. Shroades (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781933855639
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Published: Rio Nuevo Publishers - May 2011

Take off with Sam and Rosie as they go on a fantastic trip back through time to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. With Major Powell as your guide, the Time Train will slice through the biggest layer cake in the world! Grab your silver ticket and experience the most thrilling train ride imaginable, where you will learn just how granderful the Grand Canyon really is.


The Three Little Javelinas Cover Image
By Susan Lowell, Jim Harris (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780873585422
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Published: Rising Moon Books - September 1992

Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs, but now you're going to meet the three little javelinas--lovable, wild, southwestern cousins of pigs--as they try to outsmart the coyote who had hoped to eat them with red chile sauce.


The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9780873588690
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Published: Rising Moon Books - June 30th, 2004

The Tortoise and the Hare with a southwestern flair. Tortoise, living comfortably in her home on Slow Lane, awakens one morning feeling good and challenges cocky Jackrabbit to a race. Patiently bumping her way through the desert landscape, Tortoise heads for the finish line as Jackrabbit cheerfully skips--and sleeps. Roadrunner, Tarantula, Gila Monster and even a Javelina or three cheer them on. Irresistible fun for the young and old alike.


Los Tres Pequenos Jabalies/The Three Little Javelinas Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9780873589550
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Published: Luna Rising - July 2009

Bilingual (Spanish & English) edition of Three Little Javelinas.


The Elephant Quilt: Stitch by Stitch to California! Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780374382230
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 1st, 2008

"We're going to see the Elephant...That's what people say when they head west." As her family travels to California, Lily Rose keeps alert for a pachyderm and helps her grandmother sew quilt squares. The joke goes on too long and the down-home dialogue can be grating, but the folk-style illustrations incorporating stitches and traditional quilt motifs nicely reflect the family's experiences.


Josefina Javelina: A Hairy Tale Cover Image
By Susan Lowell, Bruce MacPherson (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780873587907
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Published: Rising Moon Books - August 2005

Josefina the Javelina moves from the desert to California to pursue her dream of becoming a ballerina.


I Am Lavina Cumming: A Novel of the American West Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9781571316554
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 2005

Based on the true story of Lowell's grandmother, this acclaimed novel offers a a compelling look at life in early 20th-century California as it tells the story of a young girl struggling to find her place there. Includes an Afterword by the author.


Dusty Locks and the Three Bears Cover Image
By Susan Lowell, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780805075342
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 2004

The talented team that created "Little Red Cowboy Hat" works its hilarious magic again in this lively western retelling of Goldilocks.


The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780873588690
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Published: Rising Moon Books - June 30th, 2004

Bilingual (Spanish & English) edition of the Tortoise & The Hare.


Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella Cover Image
By Susan Lowell, Jane Manning (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064438643
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Published: HarperTrophy - December 18th, 2001

Once upon a time, there was a sweet cowgirl named Cindy Ellen, who lived with the orneriest stepmother west of the Mississippi and two stepsisters who were so nasty, they made rattlesnakes look nice! But when a fast-talkin' fairy godmother teaches Cindy Ellen a little lesson about gumption, Cindy lassos first place at the rodeo and the heart of Joe Prince....


Little Red Cowboy Hat Cover Image
By Susan Lowell, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780805064834
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Published: Square Fish - June 2000

This whimsical take on "Little Red Riding Hood" brings new life to an old favorite.


Saguaro: The Desert Giant Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781887896306
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Published: Rio Nuevo Publishers - April 2002

Ask a Child to draw a picture of a cactus, and the result will probably look like a saguaro. Indeed, mass media have made this denizen of the Sonoran Desert universally recognizable, and perhaps just as misunderstood. In Saguaro: The Desert Giant, Anna Humphreys and Susan Lowell share true stories about this amazing, anthropomorphic cactus that are at least as intriguing as the folklore. A saguaro can grow to be a towering fifty feet or more and live for as long as two centuries. During rainy seasons, a large saguaro can soak up literally hundreds of gallons of water in its expandable, accordion-folded trunk and arms. For uncounted generations, the Tohono O'odham people in Arizona have harvested the sweet saguaro fruits to make syrup and wine. Profusely illustrated with contemporary and historic photographs and other artwork, Saguaro: The Desert Giant celebrates this iconic cactus while arguing that the need to preserve its critical Sonoran Desert habitat is more pressing now than ever.


The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz Cover Image
By Susan Lowell, James Hills (Joint Author), Jorge Quintana Rodriguez (Joint Author)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781887896085
Availability: Special Order
Published: Rio Nuevo Publishers - November 1999

"Thin as Bone China, painted with exquisite precision, the best Mata Ortiz pots . . . seem to float above a shelf like ceramic balloons, " writes Susan Lowell in The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, which captures the beauty and magic of this emerging, indigenous art form.

The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz introduces ceramic collectors to the remarkable village artists of Mata Ortiz in northern Chihuahua, Mexico. One hundred potters are featured, along with their most impressive works of art.