Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan Tekiela is the originator of the popular state-specific field guides such as Mammals of Minnesota Field Guide. For over two decades, Stan has authored more than 100 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CDs for nearly every state in the nation, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers and cacti. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 20 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in over 20 newspapers and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and Canon Professional Services. Stan resides in Victoria, Minnesota, with his wife, Katherine, and daughter, Abigail. He can be contacted via his web page at www.naturesmart.com.
Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than fifty books for young people, ranging from novelty and picture books through early readers, both fiction and nonfiction, books on writing, and middle-grade and young-adult novels. She has won numerous awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for her novel Rain of Fire and an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for another novel, On My Honor, and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. She is a writing teacher as well as a writer and was first Faculty Chair and continues on the faculty at Vermont College for the first Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program in the country. Her writing book, the American Library Association Notable What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction, is used by writers of all ages. Adults who are interested in writing for children have found it especially useful. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen different languages. Visit her website at www.mariondanebauer.com.