Minnesota Children's Book Festival
  Marion Dane Bauer   Marion Dane Bauer (presenting with Stan Tekiela)

Marion has written more than 60 books for young people. She has won numerous awards, including an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for her middle grade novel, On My Honor. Recent books include Little Dog, Lost and Little Cat's Luck. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.


  Little Dog, Lost  
  H.M. Bouwman   H.M. Bouwman

Heather is the author of The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap, a middle-grade children’s novel, and the new fantasy novel, A Crack in the Sea. An associate professor of English at the University of St. Thomas, she lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her two sons.


  A Crack in the Sea  
  Betsy Bowen   Betsy Bowen (presenting with Phyllis Root)

Betsy Bowen continues her 30 year career as a creative professional, living in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Her areas of endeavor include writing and illustrating books for children and adults with University of Minnesota Press, producing and performing in outdoor puppet pageants with Good Harbor Hill Players, and playing electric bass in a weekly house band. She owns and operates Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios, providing a picturesque shop and workspaces for art makers in a historic church. Community volunteer work includes consulting with North House Folk School, and the Creative Economy Collaborative.


  Plant a Pocket of Prairie  
  Rick Chrustowski   Rick Chrustowkski

Rick grew up playing outdoors with his four sisters and one brother in northwestern Indiana. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Rick lived on a hobby farm for 20 years where he raised chickens and horses and dogs and cats and goldfish. The wild animals that came through his backyard fascinated him, inspiring his art and writing. Look for Bee Dance, his tenth picture book, and his newest, My Little Fox. Rick lives in Minneapolis, where his backyard is filled with flower gardens to attract bees and butterflies and birds.


  My Little Fox  
  John Coy   John Coy

John Coy is the author of seven picture books, the most recent of which are Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game and Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land. For middle-grade readers, the 4 for 4 Series features four boys playing four sports and being friends in four books. His novels for teens include his latest book, Gap Life. John is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. He lives in Minneapolis and visits schools nationally and internationally.


  Game Changer  
  David Geister   David Geister (presenting with Margi Preus)

Whether he is recreating a scene from the past in oil on canvas for the Minnesota Historical Society or illustrating a page in a picture book, Minneapolis artist David Geister thinks of himself as a storyteller with a paintbrush. Dave’s titles includeStorm’s Coming, B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet (written by his dear wife, Patricia Bauer), The Invisible You, The Voyageur’s Paddle, T is for Twin Cities: A Minneapolis/St. Paul Alphabet, and many others. Dave is a frequent visitor to schools, where he shares his passion for art, history, and old monster movies.


  Storm's Coming!  
  Melanie Heuiser Hill   Melanie Heuiser Hill

Melanie Heuiser Hill is a graduate of Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children and young adults. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and children. Giant Pumpkin Suite is her debut novel.


  Giant Pumpkin Suite  
  David Huyck   David Huyck

David Huyck (pronounced “Hike”) likes to draw and make stuff, especially books for children and their grown-ups. Enjoy David’s illustrations in Manners Are Not for Monkeys and Nine Words Max, as well as the 2012 graphic novel, That One Spooky Night. He won the Shining Willow Award and the Blue Spruce Award in 2016 for his pictures in If Kids Ruled the World. David lives in Northfield with his family.


  If Kids Ruled the World  
  Megan Maynor   Megan Maynor

Megan Maynor is a picture book author, former advertising copywriter, mom, Minnesota native, and self-proclaimed funniest person in her house. She wrote Ella and Penguin Stick Together and Ella and Penguin: A Perfect Match (HarperCollins Children’s Books) and the forthcoming The Sandcastle That Lola Built (2018 Knopf Books for Young Readers). Megan lives with her family in Edina.


  Ella and Penguin  
  Chris Monroe   Chris Monroe

Chris Monroe is an author, illustrator, visual artist and cartoonist. She is the author of seven children's picture books, as well as the illustrator of picture books by authors Kevin Kling, Jane Yolen, and Janice Levy. Her comic strip Violet Days has been in print for over 19 years, and is featured in the collection Ultra Violet: Ten Years Of Violet Days. Chris lives in Duluth, MN.


  Monkey with a Toolbelt and the Silly School Mystery  
  Margi Preus   Margi Preus (presenting with David Geister)

Margi Preus is the Newbery Honor-winning author of Heart of a Samurai as well as a number of other books for young readers. Two recent books are little love notes to Minnesota: Storm’s Coming, a picture book that takes place at Split Rock Lighthouse, and The Clue in the Trees, a mystery set on Enchantment Lake, a fictional (or is it?) northern Minnesota lake. When she isn’t writing, Preus likes to ski, hike, paddle or sit quietly with a book in her lap. She lives in Duluth, MN.


  Enchantment Lake  
  Bao Phi   Bao Phi

Bao Phi was born in Vietnam and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis. He is an author, a poet, a community organizer, and a father.


  A Different Pond  
  Phyllis Root   Phyllis Root (presenting with Betsy Bowen)

Phyllis Root lives in south Minneapolis, and when she is not busy writing or teaching at Hamline University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults she can be found in her garden, canoeing, sailing, or looking for wildflowers.

  Anywhere Farm  
  Laura Purdie Salas   Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas has written more than 125 books for kids, including the award-winning Water Can Be… and BookSpeak! Laura grew up in Florida and now lives and writes in Minnesota. She loves to get kids excited about reading and writing.


  If You Were the Moon  
  Kurtis Scaletta   Kurtis Scaletta

Kurtis Scaletta is the author of several novels for young readers, including MudvilleMamba Point, and this year’s Rooting for Rafael Rosales. Many readers are fans of his Topps League series, illustrated by Eric Wight and Ethen Beavers. Kurtis was born in Louisiana, but moved a lot as a kid. He lived in five states and three foreign countries before graduating from high school! The most interesting place he lived was Monrovia, Liberia, which inspired Mamba Point. Moving made him an avid reader, because books were the friends he could take from place to place. Kurtis lives with his wife and son in Minneapolis.


  Rooting for Rafael Rosales  
  Lauren Stringer   Lauren Stringer

Lauren Stringer writes and paints picture books in a big, pink Victorian house in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her first picture book, Mud, won a Minnesota Book Award, IRA Children’s Choice Award, and the Crayola Kids Best Book of the Year Award. Since Mud, Lauren has illustrated many award-winning picture books, including her own Winter is the Warmest Season, When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky, and Yellow Time. Look for her newest picture book, The Shape of the World, A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright, written by K. L. Going.





The Shape of the World  
  Stan Tekiela   Stan Tekiela (presenting with Marion Dane Bauer)

Naturalist and wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela is the author of more than 165 field guides, nature books, children’s books, wildlife audio CDs, puzzles, and playing cards. He has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. He lives in Victoria, Minnesota.


  Jump, Little Wood Ducks  
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