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V.T. Bidania

V.T. Bidania was born in Laos and grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. When she was 5 years old, she wrote her first story about a frog that jumped over a pond and completed it with a crayon illustration. She has been writing ever since. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New…
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Mélina Mangal

Working at the intersection of nature, literature, and culture, Mélina Mangal highlights those whose voices are rarely heard, and the people and places that inspire them to explore their world. She has authored short stories and biographies for youth, including The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just, winner of the 2019 Carter…
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Mary Bleckwehl

Mary Bleckwehl has spent her career promoting literacy and the love of learning. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Management from Lesley University and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Wartburg College. She has taught for over 20 years and has held administrative positions in higher education in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Minnesota.…
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Anna V. Ostenso Moore

Anna V. Ostenso Moore always has a stack of picture books to read. She is the author of the picture books Today Is a Baptism Day and We Gather at This Table and has guest blogged for Story Path, Building Faith, and other online faith formation websites. With a master’s in youth ministry and theological…
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Lindsey McDivitt

Lindsey McDivitt writes fiction and non-fiction for children. Her picture book, Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story, was published in 2018 and two picture book biographies are forthcoming in 2020. McDivitt is passionate about tackling ageism in books for children. She reviews picture books with accurate and diverse images of aging and older adults on…
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Matt Lilley

Matt Lilley moved to Minnesota from Florida about 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back. He has a Master’s in Scientific and Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota. The focus of his degree was on health and medical writing, with a special emphasis on medical writing for kids. His other favorite writing subjects include…
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