Margi Preus, Minnesota Children’s Book Author

MARGI PREUS is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai, the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, Shadow on the Mountain, a Notable Book for a Global Society and The Bamboo Sword, which Bookpage called “historical fiction at its best.”  Her newest, The Clue in the Trees, is the second in the Enchantment Lake mystery series.  Her books have won multiple awards, landed on many “best of” lists, including the New York Times Bestseller list, been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, selected as an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, chosen for community reads, and translated into many languages.

When not writing, Margi enjoys traveling, speaking, and visiting schools all over the world.  At home in Duluth, Minnesota, she likes to hike, ski, paddle, or sit quietly with a book in her lap.  Find more about Margi on her website.


Kathleen Baxter, Non-Fiction Booktalker

KATHLEEN BAXTER, a native of Walnut Grove, was head of children’s services at the Anoka County Library for more years than she cares to remember.  She wrote the Non-Fiction Booktalker column in School Library Journal magazine for over 17 years, resigning when she broke her hip and femur in Times Square and knew she would not make the deadline!  She wrote seven books on getting kids excited about reading for Libraries Unlimited/ Teacher Ideas Press, has presented at school and library conferences all over the USA and in Canada and Mexico, and presented workshops on The Best Children’s Books of the Decade and Connecting Boys with Books for BER, The Bureau of Education and Research.  She has done hundreds of programs in schools and libraries and believes that reading is one of the most joyful passions any human can pursue.  Her most recent book is My Betsy-Tacy Miracle, published by Minnesota Heritage Press.  She has been a member of the Newbery Committee and is in Who’s Who in America.  Find more about Kathleen on her website.