Kathy-jo Wargin


Kathy-jo Wargin

Kathy-jo Wargin is the author of  more than 50 books for children and adults including the children's classic The Legend of Sleeping Bear, and award-winning titles such as Win One for the Gipper, The Voyageur's Paddle, The Legend of the Loon and many more.




The Stonegarden

Would you like to know when The Stonegarden, the first installment in Kathy-jo Wargin's new series for adult readers arrives? 

The Orchard Bay Series takes place in lovely Door County, Wisconsin, and we hope you'll join us. Simply sign up for news, updates, special celebrations, promotions and more! 

Recently Released! S is for Sleeping Bear Dunes Our national parks are a treasure for all, and one of the most spectacular is the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore the shore from A to Z! read more >

Moose on the Loose in a Storywalk Near You! The Capital Area District Libraries of Lansing, Michigan recently selected Moose on the Loose for their first ever StoryWalk in Haslett's Orlando Park. Learn more about Moose on the Loose!

More for Teachers and Educators Visit our Educator Resource Page for downloadable teaching guides. They're free and easy to share, and we're always adding new items. visit >

Skype in School I'm thrilled to offer more ways to connect with young writers in the classroom. Learn more about my Skype in School visits here Skype Visits >


Buy Autographed Copies

You've asked and we're happy to respond! Now you can order your favorite books right here and have them personally autographed by Kathy-jo Wargin.


From Beloved Classics to Modern Tales of Adventure.


The stories of Kathy-jo Wargin have enriched, enlightened and educated readers for years.  

From beloved classics such as The Legend of Sleeping Bear and The Edmund Fitzgerald, Song of the Bell, to new silly rhyming stories such as Moose on the Loose and Scare A Bear, her books have brought a sense of place, history, and the nature of Great Lakes wilderness into homes, schools, and libraries everywhere. Here's a peek at a few! 





The question I hear most often is... 

What have you been up to the last few years?


We've been working on Gully of the Great Lakes and the Fresh Coast Project and Fresh Coast Film Collection.

Gully of the Great Lakes began in the early 2000's, coinciding with my husband, photographer Ed Wargin's Fresh Coast Project and Fresh Coast Film Collection.  Fresh Coast has been a large undertaking since it began, decades ago.  Though it's taken much time, energy, and dedication from our entire family especially these last few years, it's been worth every Great Lakes mile traveled, every shoreline hiked, every sunrise, and every individual piece of film created and archived.

During this time, we also began chasing a little herring gull around the Great Lakes. His name is Gully. There's no better ambassador for teaching children about the Great Lakes than Gully, a little bird with a lot of pluck. With directives in tact, we've been working on stories, education components, and new digital platforms so that we can help Gully share his Great Lakes story. 


We established a successful publishing company for Independent Authors. 

As the digital age approached, writers were given access to publishing tools and assets that were historically only accessible to publishing houses. Trying to evolve along with the publishing industry during this time of tumult and change, (with many ups and downs!), I invested my energies into building a small publishing house to empower independent authors. It is called Book Bridge Press, and in 2011 I sold the company. I'm happy to say that it's still a successful, thriving publishing brand that fulfills the mission of empowering authors yet today.


We created and launched a digital magazine called NORTH. 

My husband Ed and I created and launched a digital magazine titled NORTH, Minnesota's Up North Magazine. We were thrilled with it's reception, and enjoyed the process. However, after a short time, an opportunity came our way which allowed the title to be absorbed into another media brand and we thought it was the perfect chance to do so. We are still quite fond of North and it's essence, but most of all, we're proud of all we learned during this experience.


I've been writing the Orchard Bay Novels and more.

I will always write for children. But it's good for writers to grow their skills by taking on new challenges. I've been working on a new series of novels called The Orchard Bay Series, which takes place in the fictional Door County, Wisconsin village of Orchard Bay. I won't say much about it here, but watch for it's own website soon.