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Caren Stelson


Caren Stelson is an author dedicated to writing for children and young adults about issues of war and peace. Her YA nonfiction, Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, published by Carolrhoda/Lerner Publishing Group, released in 2016, was longlisted for a National Book Award, among other awards. Her new book, A Bowl Full of Peace, illustrated by Japanese artist Akira Kusaka, published by Carolrhoda Books, is a picture book retelling of Sachiko’s story of surviving horrific war and her pathway to becoming a peacemaker. A Bowl Full of Peace was released August 2020, in time for the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the end of WWII. To write Sachiko’s story, Caren visited Sachiko Yasui in Nagasaki five times for extensive interviews and research. Today, Caren is thankful that so many adults as well as children have read and found meaning in Sachiko’s story of peace. Caren and her husband Kim split their time living in Minneapolis and the rural town of Lanesboro, Minnesota, enjoying both communities of friends. Whenever they can, they eagerly visit their two adult children and grandchildren in Boston. You can find out more about Caren Stelson on her website,

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