Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, Assistant Professor – Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University 

SARAH PARK DAHLEN  teaches courses on youth materials and library services, storytelling, and library science.  Her research addresses transracially adopted Koreans in children’s literature, the information behaviors of adopted Koreans, and diversity in children’s literature and library education.  Sarah serves on the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Friends Board (Children’s Literature Research Collection) and the Children & Libraries advisory committee.  She co-edited Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading with Jamie Naidoo and the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly’s Special Issue on Orphanhood and Adoption in Children’s Literature with Lies Wesseling.  Her next book project is on Asian American youth literature with Paul Lai.  Find her online at sarahpark.com.

Lauren Stringer, Minnesota Children’s Book Author

LAUREN STRINGER writes and paints picture books in Minneapolis, MN, where she lives with her husband and two old cats.  Her first picture book, Mud, written by Mary Lyn Ray, won a Minnesota Book Award, IRA Children’s Choice Award, Crayola Kids Best Book of the Year Award and was declared a “Flying Starts” by Publisher’s Weekly.  Since Mud, Lauren has continued illustrating many celebrated and award-winning picture books, including Scarecrow and Snow, both written by Cynthia Rylant, Fold Me A Poem, written by Kristine O’Connell George, Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story, written by Lisa Westberg Peters, Tell Me About Your Day Today, written by Mem Fox, and Deer Dancer, written by Mary Lyn Ray.  Her own Winter is the Warmest Season, was a Booklist Editor’s Choice and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.  Her book When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky won the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for writing in Children’s Literature in 2012 and was a Booklist’s Top Ten Art Books for 2013 as well as an ALA Notable Book. Her newest picture book, Yellow Time, was published last fall to much acclaim. Her newest picture book, The Shape of the World, A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright, written by K. L. Going will be released September 2017!

Read more about her books at: www.laurenstringer.com or follow her blog Artist and Three Cats at: http://www.laurenstringer.com/blog.