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Lee Ann Landstrom

Lee Ann Landstrom has been an interpretive naturalist and environmental educator since 1980. She is retired from the directorship (27-years) of Eastman Nature Center...
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Edith Karras

Edith Marie Karras has been taking pictures for more than 30 years and has lived in Minneapolis since 1985. Over the decades she has...
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Crown Shepherd

Crown Shepherd is an author and reading advocate. She has dedicated her life to closing the illiteracy rate within the Black community. Shepherd believes...
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Michael Tisserand

Michael Tisserand's books include the Eisner Award-winning biography Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, an exploration of the "Krazy Kat" cartoonist...
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Payal Doshi

Payal Doshi has a Master’s in Creative Writing (Fiction) from The New School, New York. Having lived in India, the UK, and the US,...
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Bridget Reistad

Bridget Reistad is an educator and librarian who has worked in K-12, public, and academic libraries for nearly 30 years. A licensed high school...
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Nick Healy

Nick Healy writes fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. His short story collection, It Takes You Over, was a Friends of American Writers...
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Bonnie Graves

Author of children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction, and professional books on teaching reading, Bonnie Graves spent her growing-up years in Southern California. There...
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Cristina Oxtra

Cristina Oxtra is a Filipino American children’s book author. She earned an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults at Hamline University...
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Rosemond Owens

Rosemond Sarpong Owens loves the Lord, loves people, loves life, and loves to laugh. She is a storyteller with an infectious enthusiasm about life....

Sarah Ahiers

Sarah Ahiers has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and lives in Minnesota with her dogs and a house full of critters. She has a collection of steampunk hats and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends, and good family. Ahiers…
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Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson drew the first picture he can ever remember drawing when he was in kindergarten. It was a drawing of the Easter Bunny. When he finished it, he walked it down the hall and proudly presented it to Mr. Berhow, the principal of his school. Mr. Berhow displayed that picture on the wall of…
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Rebecca Ansari

After twelve years as an ER doctor, Rebecca K.S. Ansari shelved her scrubs to write magical and mysterious worlds for middle grade readers. Her debut novel, The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, an ALA 2020 Notable Children’s Book nominee, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her second…
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Colleen Baldrica

Inspired by the teachings of her Native American grandmother, Colleen Baldrica began her spiritual journey as a child. The wisdom of these teachings guided her while earning both a Masters degree in School Counseling and a Ph.D. in The Philosophy of Education as well as becoming an award-winning author, presenter, and teacher. The mission of…
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Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill is the author of four novels, most recently The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the Newbery Medal. The Witch’s Boy received four starred reviews and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards. Barnhill has been awarded writing fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and The McKnight…
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Marion Dane Bauer

Marion Dane Bauer has published over 100 books, ranging from board books and picture books through early readers, both fiction and nonfiction, books on writing, middle-grade, and young-adult novels. She is the editor of the ground-breaking collection of gay-and-lesbian-themed short stories, Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence. She was one of the founders…
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Patricia Bauer

Patricia Bauer recently retired after 38 years in education, where she shared her passion for history, music, art, and literature with students and staff. She has been a strong advocate for using picture books with older students and has presented many workshops for teachers on that subject. Bauer is the author of B is for…
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Leanne M. Benson

Leanne M. Benson is a children’s author and illustrator. She earned an Art degree from the University of Minnesota. Among other things, Benson has worked in the public-school systems as an Art Adventure Coordinator, and with students in the English Secondary Language program. She and her husband moved from the Twin Cities a few hours…
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V.T. Bidania

V.T. Bidania is the author of the Astrid and Apollo chapter book series, which is the first children’s book series to star Hmong American characters. She was born in Laos and grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, right where Astrid and Apollo live! She has an MFA in creative writing from the New School and…
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Sabina Mugassa Bingman

Sabina Mugassa Bingman, who also goes by “Sabby,” was born and raised in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, the tenth of eleven children. From a very young age, she enjoyed spending time with and telling stories to her nephews and nieces. She moved to the US in 1999 and graduated from Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul with…
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