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    Lerner Publishing Group > Author-Illustrator-Details
    About our Author
    Caren Stelson
    Caren B. Stelson has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    ALA Notable Children's Books
    ALA-CBC Reading Beyond
    Anna Cross Giblin Award
    Booklist Editor's Choice
    Booklist Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Youth
    Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Eureka! Children’s Book Award
    Flora Stieglitz Straus Award
    Freeman Book Award
    ILA Teacher's Choices
    Jane Addams Children's Book Award
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Minnesota Book Award
    National Book Award for Young People's Literature
    NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
    New York Public Library Best Books for Teens
    Notable Books for a Global Society
    Orbis Pictus Award
    Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
    Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
    5 questions for Caren Stelson
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    When I was twelve, my favorite book was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Then the story scared me out of my wits. Now as an adult, each time I read To Kill a Mockingbird, I admire the author’s skill and artistry. 
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    The line that plays over and over in my mind comes from Mary Oliver’s poem “The Summer Day.” The last lines are: "Now tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?"
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    I love to read anything by Kate DiCamillo, Russell Freeman, and Karen Hesse—who most often write for young readers. Lately I’ve been reading novels by Elizabeth Strout who writes for adults. Ask me tomorrow and I would come up with three other names. I learn something about writing from every author I read.
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    I was a teacher then a freelance writer, working on assignment and meeting deadlines. Finally I decided it was time to write the stories I needed to write for myself. I hoped that if I needed the stories I wanted to write, maybe others would want them too.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Read as much as you can. When you start writing, tell the truth.