Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Susan M. Graunke  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;


-- Susan M. Graunke on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Graunke lives in Barrington.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nico & Lola is a joint venture between friends Susan M. Graunke and Meggan Hill-McQueeney, Graunke is the photographer and McQueeney is the author. The book tells the story of Hill-McQueeney's son Nico and the shared kindness that exists between him and Graunke's dog, Lola.

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Titles At Your Library

Nico & Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and a Dog
ISBN: 0061990434

Kendall Hunt Publishing. 2010

"How will I be so kind?"

Nico must search his heart to find ways to be so kind while taking care of an adorable dog named Lola.

Tender messages and captivating photographs are woven together in this heartwarming tale that reminds each of us we can be just a little bit kinder in everything we do.

A book for every child to read, share, and remember!


  • Midwest Connections Pick, First Place at the New York Book Festival, Gold Medal Winner at the Moonbeam Book Awards, Gold Medal Winner of the Mom's Choice Award for Children's picture book, won the Aurthur Frederick Jones Award, won a Gold Medal for the Benjamin Franklin Award at Book Expo America, ''Nico & Lola''

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