BookHounds Author Directory

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

Nate Christopherson, Children’s Book Illustrator


When not illustrating, Nate Christopherson is a special education teacher at Avalon School in Saint Paul. His most recent book, which he wrote with his mother Tara Sweeney is A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute. The book introduces children to the Swedish alphabet while taking a tour of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

A to Zaao Illustrated by Nate Christopherson

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Christopherson and his mother also collaborated on the art for Henry the Boy by Molly Felder.

Henry the Boy Illustrated by Nate Christopherson

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Christopherson has also created art for Amy Leach’s Things That Are - a book of essays for adults -  and a special edition of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. He has also received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to illustrate The Island, an award-winning limited-edition collaborative artist book.

Interesting Facts about Nate Christopherson:

According to his teacher bio:

  • He like math
  • He loves being part of student projects that involve cooking, building things and drawing
  • His favorite food is pizza
  • His favorite book is 100 years of solitude
  • His favorite animal is the Moose or the Siberian Tiger.

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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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