BookHounds Author Directory

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

Maryann Weidt, Local Children’s Book Author


Maryann Weidt is an author, biographer, and librarian who calls the Twin Cities home. She grew up in Hutchinson (an hour west of the Twin Cities) on a farm that she loved. Two of her most popular picture books -- Mama Loved to Worry and Daddy Played Music for the Cows -- feature that farm.

Mama Loved to Worry by Maryann Weidt

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Daddy Played Music for the Cows

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Biographies by Maryann Weidt

Besides stories about her childhood home, Maryann has written several biographies, including Dr. Seuss, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Frederick Douglass.

Six Facts About Maryann Weidt

  1. Her favorite books were the Betsy Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace
  2. She has been a librarian for much of her career.
  3. She enjoys seeing her own books on library shelves.
  4. She dances as if no one is watching, which is usually true. 
  5. She rides her bike as if someone is chasing her, which is not true.
  6. She writes books as if no one will read them, which is good advice.
  7. It makes her happy when people do read her books.

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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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