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Hear from four NW kidlit authors who will be discussing the books that shaped them as young readers, the books they write as adults, and how young readers and writers can find and tell their own stories. 

Watch the full recording of their live event here!

Dan Gemeinhart

Dan Gemeinhart is the author of five middle grade novels, most set in the Pacific Northwest. He was an elementary teacher-librarian in Wenatchee for 13 years, and now lives with his wife and three daughters in Cashmere.

Check out: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, Overdrive ebookHoopla audiobook

Dan’s other books are also available as ebooks and/or audiobooks through our Overdrive or Hoopla collections. Start at

Erik Brooks

Erik Brooks is the author/illustrator of many fine books for children including Totem Tale, If I were a Whale and the Washington State Book Award winning Polar Opposites. Erik lives in Winthrop, WA, with his wife, daughter, and a 7 month old pandemic puppy. When he’s not drawing or writing, Erik teaches art and coaches cross-country & track at Liberty Bell high school. He also writes a weekly comic for the Methow Valley News, runs, skis, and plays the woods like a wolverine! Track him down online at

Check out: Who Has These Feet?, Overdrive ebook

Kelly Milner Halls

Kelly Milner Halls has written nonfiction for young readers for almost 30 years. She has more than 1,000 articles and 55 books published, including books about Bigfoot, UFOs, ghosts, dinosaurs, dogs, horses and mummies. But her next three books will explore World War II and the Titanic. Kelly lives in Spokane, WA with two daughters, a great dane named Abbey and too many rescue kitties, but who’s counting. For more about Kelly, visit

Check out:

Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures that May Or May Not Exist, Overdrive audiobook

Death Eaters: Meet Nature’s Scavengers, Hoopla ebook

Kelly’s other books are available as ebooks and/or audiobooks through our Overdrive or Hoopla collections. Start at

Sundee Frazier

Sundee T. Frazier is the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent award-winning author of books about a curious science kid (Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It and its sequel), twin sisters who look nothing alike (The Other Half of My Heart), and an irresistible 10-year-old entrepreneur (Cleo Edison Oliver), whose superpower is getting people to buy whatever she’s selling. Her forthcoming novel was inspired by her African-American family’s
integrating a white neighborhood in 1950s Spokane. She lives near Seattle, WA, with her husband and two daughters, and you can learn more about her and her books at

Check out:

Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It, Overdrive ebook

The Other Half of My Heart, Overdrive ebook


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