BookHounds Author Directory

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

Tara Sweeney, Children’s Book Author & Illustrator


Tara Sweeney is an award-winning artist, illustrator. She most recently co–illustrated and authored the book, A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute with her son, Nate Christopherson. More of an artist that an author/illustrator, Sweeney is professor emeritus at Augsburg University, where she taught drawing and painting for twenty-five years. You can find a gallery of her work on her website. She and Christopherson both live in Saint Paul.

Tara Sweeney, Children's Book Author & Illustrator

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This book takes the reader on a tour of the American Swedish Institute while teaching the Swedish alphabet to children. You can find this book in the giftshop of ASI and could use it as a tour guide the next time you visit.

More Books by Tara Sweeney

While much of Sweeny's work geared toward adult, she also co-illustrated the book Henry the Boy by Molly Felder with her son.

Henry the Boy - Illustrated by Tara Sweeney

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She is author of Close to Home: A Minnesota Year in Sketches, a collection of illustrated creative nonfiction.

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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

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