BookHounds Author Directory

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

Kao Kalia Yang, Local Children’s Book Author

Minnesota, USA

Kao Kalia Yang is an award-winning Hmong American author who lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. She has written adult non-fiction and has recently debuted her first children's book, A Map Into the World.

According to her Biography, Kao Kalia Yang was born in a Thai refugee camp in 1980 and immigrated to Minnesota when she was six. She went on to graduate from Carleton College and Columbia University. Besides writing, she is a teacher and public speaker who co-founded Words Wanted, a company dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translating, and business services.

A Map Into the World - Picture Book

A Map Into the World is Yang's first picture book and tells the story of a young girl who helps her elderly neighbor find joy and a map into the world after the passing of his wife. This book is geared toward kids ages 5 to 9 years old.

A Map Into the World Kao Kalia Yang

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Adult Books by Kao Kalia Yang

Yang's first book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir won the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers Choice, and  was a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Latehomecomer was followed by The Song Poet, which won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir and was a finalist for the several national awards.

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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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