Meet Author Daniel Bernstrom

“I never set out to be a good writer. And I will never claim that I am a good writer. I just know what makes me happy. So I write day in and day out with the hope that what makes me happy will also spark happiness in someone else. Isn’t that a happy thought?”

— Daniel R Bernstrom

Hi, I’m Dan,

Just a little bit about me. I’m a storyteller, you see. I’m an addicted writer, which means that I can’t stop writing. Maybe it’s because I love writing a lot. I’m also the author of One Day in a Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Tree (Harper Collins) and Gator Gator Gator (Harper Collins). Maybe I have a thing for repeating words. They just sound yummy to me, like chocolate, chocolate chip cookies!

I write picture books, early readers, and books for middle grade readers. This is my personal blog. It is focused on writing for kids. My mission is to encourage fellow storytellers to write stories from their heart. So you can expect to find articles on:

  • personal reflections / “This Morning”
  • resourceful videos on storytelling.
  • resource LABS on the Writing Craft

I typically post once a week, every Wednesday. Sometimes I write more, sometimes less. But that’s just because I’m probably working on a book… or not working on a book. Now you know a little about me. I hope you look around Lilly Labs and find something that changes your writing life.

— Daniel Bernstrom M.F.A.

Full Boring Bio

Daniel Bernstrom is the author of the picture book One Day in the Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Tree (Harper Collins). He recently had two more picture books acquired by Harper Collins Spring of 2015. Daniel currently works as the Learning Resource Center Coordinator at Minnesota State College Southeast, where he tutors students in math, writing, and science. He received his MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.

While attending Hamline, he studied under great writers such as national book honor winner E. Lockhart, picture book great Phyllis Root, Caldecott Award Winner Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Kate DiCammillo’s writing teacher and Minnesota Book Award Winner Jane Resh Thomas, and two time Newbury Honor Winner Gary Schmidt. He lives in Red Wing, Minnesota with his wife Heather, daughter LaVonne, and sons Grace & Haven.

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