BookHounds Author Directory

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

Erin Soderberg Downing – Local Children’s Book Author


Erin Soderberg is a local children's book author. She is also known as Erin Downing when she writes tween, teen and adult novels. And wait, there's more... she writes under pseudonyms, too. Erin has written books as Kate Howard (including a Captain Underpants book!) and Nessi Monstrata (Monster High books).

Erin is a delightful children's author and silly mama of three. Erin has taken the time to appear on BookHounds Invites in The Case of the Funnies.

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Erin Soderberg Books:

  • The Quirks Series

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Welcome to Normal
Circus Quirkus
The Quirkalicious Birthday
The Freaky Field Trip

  • The Puppy Pirates Series

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Book 1: Stowaway!
Book 2: X Marks the Spot
Book 3: Catnapped
Book 4: Sea Sick
Book 5: Search for the Sea Monster
Book 6: Pug vs. Pug (December 2017)
Super Special #1: Ghost Ship
Super Special #2: Best in Class (June 2017)

Monkey See, Monkey Zoo by Erin Soderberg

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Local Author Erin Soderberg reads at Apple Tree-O

Erin Soderberg reads at Apple Tree-O

Erin Downing Books:

  • Best Friends...Until Someone Better Comes Along
  • Cheating on Myself
  • Dancing Queen
  • Drive Me Crazy
  • For Soccer-Crazy Girls Only
  • Juicy Gossip (Candy Apple #19)
  • Kiss It
  • Moon Shadow
  • None of the Regular Rules
  • Prom Crashers (Romantic Comedies)
  • SPACEPOP: Not Your Average Princesses
  • SPACEPOP: Rocking the Resistance


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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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