BookHounds Author Directory

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

Chris Monroe – Children’s Book Author & Illustrator


Chris Monroe is an author and illustrator of children's books who lives in the Duluth area. She also is the creator of a comic strip, Violet Days. Learn more about Monore and her art here.

Monroe has authored seven children's picture books and illustrated picture books by authors Kevin Kling, Jane Yolen, and Janice Levy.

Books by Chris Monroe

Cookie The Walker by Chris Monroe

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  • Monkey with a Tool Belt
  • Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem
  • Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Seaside Shenanigans
  • Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Silly School Mystery
  • Sneaky Sheep

Monkey with a Tool Belt Netflix Series

In early 2018, Netflix confirmed that it is in production of a new series based on the Monkey with a Tool Belt series. I laughed out loud when I watched the video below. Apparently she found out about the series when she read about it from her Facebook fan club. No matter how it came about, we anxiously await this new series!

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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.
Minnesota Children's Book Authors at BookHounds Events

Author Yvonne Pearson reads at a BookHounds Story Time.

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