BookHounds Author Directory

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

John Coy – Children’s Book Author


Award-winning local author, John Coy, has written children's picture books, middle-grade novels, and young adult novels. Coy lives in Minneapolis and visits schools nationally and internationally. We like Coy's novels for his ability to take meaningful subjects and make them accessible for his target age group. Although his books tend to be geared towards boys, mom's will also enjoy these books. (Trust me when I tell you that is not always the case with books geared toward little boys.)


My Mighty Journey

This book, publishing October 1, 2019, is the story of the 12000 years of Minnesota told from the perspective of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River.

I am a powerful waterfall.
I listen.
I pay attention.
I have a long memory.
You might find it hard to believe
but I have moved through time.

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More Books by John Coy

10 Picture Books:

  1. If We Were Gone: Imagining the World without People
  2. On Your Way
  3. Night Driving
  4. Strong to the Hoop
  5. Vroomaloom Zoom
  6. Two Old Potatoes and Me
  7. Around the World
  8. Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball
  9. Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game
  10. Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land (Carolrhoda Picture Books)

5 Middle-Grade Novels:

  1. For Extreme-Sports Crazy Boys Only
  2. Top of the Order
  3. Eyes on the Goal
  4. Love of the Game
  5. Take Your Best Shot

3 Young Adult Novels:

  1. Gap Life
  2. Crackback
  3. Box Out

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Author John Coy

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Get to know John Coy as he talks to Gianna about his book, Their Great Gift, The photographs in this book, by Wing Young Huie, are breathtaking pictures of Minnesota in all different colors. This is a non-fiction book. Or as John likes to say, "It's a story that is true."

You can also hear the story of this beautiful book here.

March 3, 2016 - BookHounds Interview of John Coy

BookHounds welcomes John Coy, the author of the new book, Their Great Gift, released March 1, 2016. Go to our BookHounds Page for more local author interviews.

For show notes, 

Host: Addendum Books

Book: Their Great Gift

Author: John Coy

Photographer: Wing Young Huie

Publisher: Lerner Publishing

John and I talked about traveling around the world, kid's disconnect between fun and work, and true stories. We talked about his research for this story and the collaboration process with Wing Young Huie and Lerner Publishing


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This article was originally published 9/15/2015
and most-recently updated 12/6/19

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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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