Maryann Weidt
Maryann Weidt author librarian

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Maryann Weidt grew up on a farm near Hutchinson, Minnesota, a place that captured her heart. She has written two picture books about that farm, Mama Loved to Worry and Daddy Played Music for the Cows. Maryann has written biographies of intriguing folks such as Dr. Seuss, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Frederick Douglass. A librarian for much of her career, Maryann enjoys seeing her own books on the shelves, knowing that young readers will enjoy the stories, both fictional and true. Visit her website at to learn more.

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Maryann Weidt dances as if no one is watching. Generally, no one is watching.  She rides her bike as if someone is chasing her. No one is chasing her. She writes books as if no one will read them. Often, however, folks do read them. That makes her happy. Her newest book is called Mama Loved to Worry, illustrated by Rachael Balsaitis (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016). Visit her website at to learn more.

Maryann Weidt reading Mama Loved to Worry.
Maryann Weidt reads aloud from Mama Loved to Worry at her publication party.
Maryann Weidt


Mama Loved to Worry
Mama Loved to Worry