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Phyllis Root shows an illustration in one of her children’s books to Hunter Nelson, 5, at a Book Festival presentation Tuesday at the Bemidji Public Library. Malachi Petersen | Bemidji Pioneer

Finding inspiration: Children's author looks to nature for ideas

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BEMIDJI -- About 20 people gathered Tuesday at the Bemidji Public Library to listen to author Phyllis Root describe how a children's book is made.


Root is the author of 40 children's books and is currently in the middle of having another book published. Root told the audience her inspiration for her books comes from things she loves to do, such as going on nature hikes.

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