BookHounds Author Directory

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

Kate DiCamillo, Local Childrens Book Author


Kate DiCamillo is the rock star of the local children's book author community. The Library of Congress appointed her the 2014-2015 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Among other awards DiCamillo has won the Newbery medal. She has had books turned into movies -- The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie*. She's worked with Children's Theatre Company on Mercy Watson.

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Newest Book by Kate DiCamillo

Look for DiCamillo's latest book, Louisiana’s Way Home, on October 2, 2018. Red Balloon Bookshop will be hosting a book release talk and book signing at SteppingStone Theatre on October 6, 2018. (Note that the image below is an Amazon affiliate link, but if you want to attend the book signing, you'll need to purchase your copy through Red Balloon Bookshop.)

Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

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 Mercy Watson Series for Reading Aloud

The Mercy Watson books are ideal transitions into chapter books. They are as amusing for adults as they are for children. The chapter are short and the characters are engaging. Most of her other children's books are aimed at middle grades.

Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo

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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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