Minnesota is home to 10,000 lakes, chilly winters, and an array of gifted children’s authors. We are going to take a look at five children’s authors we adore and think you should too, starting with our very own, Vicki Shaeffer!

Vicki Shaeffer 
Vicki Shaeffer published her first book in 2020, Oh Mother How Funny, which was dedicated to her first grandchild. Starting as an old poem, then being adapted to a family lullaby Vicki transferred a few words into a magical book. However this was only the start, Vickis just authored her second book, Oh Baby It’s a Clear Lake, which is a celebration of a baby’s summer adventures on and around a lake. Brought to life through the magical illustrations of Kristie Frudden, this book would be a wonderful addition to your child’s bookshelf library.  Also available with a companion plushie choice of a fluffy bunny or friendly squirrel. If you are interested in pre-ordering you can follow the link here or email library@longoverduestories.com. Vicki Sheaffer serves as one of our company advisors and as the CEO of NSNBabySoft. We are so proud to have Vicki on the North Star Newborns team and are blown away by her variety of talent! If you would like to read more about this book, please check out Long Overdue Book’s July Newsletter here.



Bao Phi
Bao Phi is a spoken word artist local to Minnesota. He has been heavily involved in the arts from a young age, he began performing his poetry when competing on the South High speech team in the Creative Expression category in the early 1990s. As of now, Phil has published three children’s books, including, A Different Pond, which won the 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award and the 2017 Asian/Pacific American Award for literature for best picture book. His other two children’s books, The Footprints, and, Hello, Mandarin Duck! have been heavily praised within the literary community. His children’s books focus on imagination, feeling included, kindness and wonder. He has won the Minnesota Grand Poetry Slam twice. Phi is also the recipient of multiple Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants. We are excited to see what he creates next! If you want to learn more about his work click the link here.

David LaRochelle 
David LaRochelle is a writer and illustrator who has been contributing to the Minnesota children’s literary community for over three decades. Further, LaRochelle has gotten published over 20 times, he has a range of children’s books to choose from. Each book is different from the last but one thing reminds the same throughout all of his work, the lessons on understanding and kindness. Our favorite book of his is, See The Dog: Three Stories About A Cat, which tells the tale of a house cat filling in for the dog while he is sick and attempting to do the dog’s different duties around the house. If you want to read more about David LaRochelle you can do that here.

Mary Casanova
Having a total of thirty-nine books Mary Casanova has something for everyone, including you and the little ones in your life. Casanova has published 10 beautiful picture books for babies and toddlers, our favorite being, Utterly Otterly Day, which tells the story of why even when we grow up it’s important to keep your loved ones close and connect with them. To read more about her different picture books click the link here.

Micheal Hall 
Last but certainly not least is, Micheal Hall, the award-winning graphic artist, whose vibrant picture books come to life before your eyes. He has authored eleven books, and our favorite is, My Heart Is Like A Zoo, which also happens to be everyone else’s favorite as it is a New York Times bestseller! Hall’s pictures paint a wonderful world of color, curiosity, and silliness, that invites the reader to jump into his books. If you want to check out his other critically acclaimed work like, Perfect Square, and, Red: A Crayon’s Story, you can do that by clicking the link here!


Happy Reading Everyone!