BookHounds Author Directory

Meet some of our favorite Minnesota children’s book authors in our BookHounds Author directory:

Cheryl Blackford, Local Children’s Book Author


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.

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

Gianna Kortdatzky - Aug 17, 2015

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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We love our wonderful community of local children's book authors in Minnesota. Minnesota kids books cover all types of books from fiction to nonfiction. There are books about penguins, books about the ocean and, of course, books about Minnesota. Whatever you are looking for, chances are we have something great coming out of our great state.

Historically, While we Minnesotan's have to share Laura Ingalls Wilder with several other states, we do get to claim Wanda Gag, author of Millions of Cats, and Maud Hart Lovelace, author of the Betsy-Tacy books and the inspiration for the Maud Hart Lovelace Awards.

Three Reasons to Add Books by Minnesota Children's Book Authors to Your Own Bookshelves:

Besides the fact that they are producing some very high quality books for kids, there are some great reasons to add these books to your own bookshelf:

  1. You can often get your books autographed at book releases and other author events.
  2. Sometimes these local book authors do school visits.
  3. If you like the hunt of collecting used books, I've had really good luck finding autographed copies of these books when hitting the thrift stores. It's always exciting to find a book by someone local, but even more so, when I open the cover and find an autograph.
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Author Yvonne Pearson reads at a BookHounds Story Time.

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