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Cheryl Blackford is a local author of children’s books, including FFTC favorites, Hungry Coyote and Lizzie and the Lost Baby. Although Ms. Blackford grew up in England, she now calls Minnesota home.

Books by Cheryl Blackford

Find a list of Cheryl Blackford books in our Bookshop store.

  1. Lizzie and the Lost Baby. This is a middle-grade novel that my daughter enjoyed around the same time she read The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Download an educator’s guide here.
  2. Hungry Coyote. Illustrated by Laurie Caple.  See review below. (Find resources for learning more on Cheryl Blackford’s website)
  3. This Book Is Top Secret: A Collection of Awesome Military Trivia
  4. Super Trivia Collection
  5. Powerful Muscle Cars
  6. Dream Cars
  7. Colombia

Hungry Coyote Review

Review by Gianna Kordatzky – Aug 17, 2015

I have always been very open about the fact that I thought I would raise my kids in a small town. Part of that reasoning was so that they would be closer to nature. As we determined that we weren’t moving anywhere anytime soon, I reflected on our life here in the Twin Cities. Mostly I thought about the kind of wildlife we have encountered.

While living in the Twin Cities for the past 20 years, I have encountered more wildlife than I thought I ever would. I have had deer traipsing through my yard. I have seen a wolf crossing the street and dashing for freedom. I have watched a bear lumber into the trees on the side of the road. I have seen many bald eagles and falcons and hawks. Not to mention the trips to the zoo.

I have yet to see a coyote, but I know they are around. Hungry Coyote lets us follow along in the “shoes” of an urban coyote. Written by Cheryl Blackford of North Oaks and illustrated by Laurie Caple, Hungry Coyote is a beautiful story about how man and nature co-exist.

Cover of Hungry Coyote by Cheryl Blackford

What a great book to read together combining the beautiful Minnesota outdoors and a summer reading program.

FFTC BookHounds with Molly Beth Griffin and Cheryl Blackford

Originally published by Gianna Kordatzky on June 22, 2017


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Cheryl Blackford, In Her Own Words

When my children were small, I toyed with the idea of writing children’s books, but I didn’t know where to begin. I scratched out a few feeble stories, but then life and the need to make an income happened. But the urge, the need, the compulsion to write for children never left me. I knew time was running out so I left my job at Target. And I’ve never been happier. I joined The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, took a fantastic writing class from Lynne Jonell, and I’ve been chained to my desk ever since.

Cheryl Blackford

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