About Kim


Kim Larson writes in a variety of genres, for the youngest to the oldest of readers. Her debut picture book, Goat’s Boat Won’t Float, will be released in the fall of 2024. She’s published a devotional-style Bible study, Unraveling Fairy Tales: Learning to Live Happily Ever After, and a dozen poems and short stories in regional anthologies. When she’s not writing, you may find Kim working in her garden or playing Sequence with her husband.

More About Me

I grew up on a farm in Minnesota with loving parents and four younger siblings. Life in the 1960s and ’70s was much simpler, and my parents let us roam freely. The hayloft, farm animals, and my goofy siblings kept me entertained. Maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy reading as a child—despite what this photo depicts.

Thankfully, that changed in fourth grade. My teacher, Mrs. Zimmerman, read wonderful books to the class. Two of my favorites were Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. Sensing my reluctance to read on my own, my teacher suggested I read The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler. I loved these stories so much that I imagined becoming a writer someday.

That dream lay dormant for many years—until I had children. Every night I read to my two boys before bed. I also made up stories, casting Jordan and Jesse as heroes. During the daytime, I helped people’s dream of homeownership come true by originating mortgage loans. When my boys were grown, it was finally time to pursue my own dream!

When I’m not writing, you may find me searching my flowerbed for monarch caterpillars. (Watch one emerge from its chrysalis here!) I collect flower and vegetable seeds in the fall to plant the following spring. I’m frugal and a homebody, so strolling no farther than my garden for fresh lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes brings me joy. But nothing is more important to me than my faith, family, and friends.

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My Guys and Their Gals


2023 Finalist Mindy Weiss’s #PBParty Showcase (Borrowing Trouble)

2022 Finalist Mindy Weiss’s #PBParty Showcase (P. I. Goat: The Case of the Sticky Situation)

2021 Winner SCBWI Ann Whitford Paul Award (Button’s Adventure) Read an interview here.

2021 Grant Recipient Minnesota State Arts Board

2018 Finalist ACFW First Impressions Contest (Stop Mr. Ryden)

2016 Finalist The Great American Think-Off (Income Inequality Does Not Threaten Democracy) Read an interview here.

Kim at the Think-Off debate

Published Poetry and Short Stories

The Funeral Dress,” Northern Narratives, Volume 2 (2018)

“A Do-Over,” Talking Stick, Volume 27 (2018)

“Family Tradition,” Talking Stick, Volume 27 (2018)

“Change, Anyone?” Talking Stick, Volume 26 (2017)

“Soiled,” Talking Stick, Volume 25 (2016)

“Code Jordan,” Talking Stick, Volume 25 (2016)

“Only Jif,” Talking Stick, Volume 24 (2015)

“Bus Number Seven,” Talking Stick, Volume 24 (2015)

“The Treadmill,” Talking Stick, Volume 23 (2014)

“Shifting Priorities,” Lake Region Review, Number 3 (2013)

“Norwegian Love,” Lake Region Review, Number 2 (2012)

“Full Circle,” Lake Region Review, Number 1 (2011)

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