Authors and Illustrators


Lesley DuTemple is an award-winning author with more than two dozen published books to her credit. Most have received starred reviews in School Library Journal and consistently made the Top 100 Children’s Books List put out by Bank Street College of Education. Her work has been quoted in Time magazine, featured on the SAT and MEAP tests, and she has also received an Outstanding Book of the Year award from the National Association of Science Teachers.


photo of author and illustrator Susan RosemurgySusan is a Michigan-based illustrator, author, and art teacher. She teaches at Calumet High School—the northernmost high school in the state of Michigan, located in the Upper Peninsula. She loves family, students, running, reading, knitting, skiing, and shoveling snow. She could write a whole book just about shoveling!

Meet the illustrator of Stars in the Water:

Jack Oyler received a BFA from Central Michigan University and made, more or less, “normal paintings” (on canvas) until as he says, “I discovered the joys and advantages of painting on wood.  Now, almost all of my art is constructed of plywood, which I cut up with a scroll saw.  After abandoning oil on canvas, I began using thin washes of acrylic paint and wood stain, which brings out the patterns in the wood grain.  I let the wood do as much of the work as possible.”

Meet the authors and illustrators of Mine Collar Mystery:

photo of 4th graders who wrote Mine Collar MysterySierra Arvon, Devin Berg, Trevor Corey, Chris Crampton, Rebecca Eskola, Becca Forsberg, Darlene Helminen, Katrina Hyrkas, Kali Kerttu, Logan Lemler, Krystyn Mazurowski, Rebecca Mullis, Kathryn Nelson, Jason Newman,
Brook Nordstrom, Daniel Perram, Nathan Perrault, Troy Pierce, Aaron Rose, Trevor Silvola, Cody Spagnotti, Selena Stromer, Cori Stubenrauch, Kyle Tanskanen, Maranda Wilson
Teacher 2005–06 School Year—Mrs. Holly Rivest

Meet the illustrator of One Starry Night:

Sample illustration from One Starry NightBarbara Flanagin’s artist statement: In 2006 I took a leap of faith to the Keweenaw, a place I had only discovered the year before. I sold my Illinois home of 27 years in 2005 and now had the possibility to try my hand at art, something I had wanted to do for a long time.

Classes in botanical art at the Morton Arboretum, which I had begun to take in 2003 when my children were out on their own, provided me with excellent instruction in many medium and a deep appreciation for the beauty of plants. Botanical art was used in the Heritage Apple Project at Central, Michigan. The exquisite light and landscapes of the Keweenaw have provided many sources of inspiration in addition to the many unique plants found here.

The opportunity to illustrate One Starry Night for Mudminnow Press allowed me to expand in another direction by painting many different animals in their varied habitats. Few can fail to be intrigued by the history of the Copper Country and it has provided another opportunity for me to use my art to try to capture some of it through interpretive signs and currently a mural for Calumet Township.

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