Stephen Nesser

Stephen Nesser spends his days painting, hang gliding, and reading. His paintings are in museums around the world, includ- ing the Smithsonian Institution.

Most Recent Book
Child of Wonder book


"About" from the Independent Publishers Group Fall 2018 Catalog


How has reading influenced your life?

It has opened my imagination to limitless possibilities in solving the problems of life. It has encouraged compassion, humor, wonder and a belief in the importance of small acts carrying forward in unexpected ways.

Do you have any upcoming books you can tell us about?

I'm currently finishing final edits on a middle reader called Sarahsaurus about an 11-year-old girl who returns to the Badlands to dig up the bone her grandmother promised to help her find, and with the help of grandma's two grouchy friends digs up something more important. I'll be starting the illustrations this week.

Do you have a favorite children’s book?

I'm especially fond of Katie McKy's Pumpkin Town for the poetry of the prose and the deep and tender message of community.

Do you have any favorite memories of childhood reading?

I was not a reader until I entered Woodward Park Junior High School and a librarian tricked me into reading, and then tricked me again into reading something beyond science fiction. I've been wary of and deeply appreciative of librarians ever since.

If you weren't a children's book author/illustrator, what would you do?

A pilot. I suspect that they have the best office view in the world.

Outside of writing/illustrating, what activities do you enjoy?

I love flying gliders. I recently flew my glider from Minnesota to Missouri, pausing during the trip to thermal with a bald eagle.

Who are some role models of yours in the children's book realm?

Marion Dane Bauer, who is a brilliant writer and a genuinely kind and good person.

picture Books

community · family · music · new baby · belonging · Christian · friendship · hindu · African Americans · song
Child of Wonder


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