Friday, January 1, 2010

Warren Hanson - Author - Illustrator

TRISTAN Publishing features:

Warren Hanson

Author & Illustrator Biography

Warren Hanson grew up in Yankton, South Dakota, and currently resides in Houston, Texas. He earned his theater degree at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and pursued his art education at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul.

Hanson is an artist, writer, speaker and musician. He is the illustrator of A Cup of Christmas Tea, a bestseller which has sold more than 1.7 million copies. He illustrated Tom Hegg’s holiday classic, PEEF The Christmas Bear, as well as the PEEF series, which has reached more than 500,000 copies sold.

Hanson’s newest book, Everything Happens For A Reason encourages readers to celebrate both the hoped for and unexpected events of life whatever they may be. The book is written for anyone who has ever asked the question, Why?

Hanson’s brightly illustrated book, Kiki’s Hats, tells the charming story of a generous woman who knits hats and gives them away. The book’s pay-it-forward message inspires readers of all ages to share their special gifts with others. The book has its own website,, where readers are invited to share their personal stories of giving.

Hanson illustrated Reading With Dad, written by Richard Jorgensen, a beautiful story of the love that grows between father and daughter as they read together through the years. Hanson is the author and illustrator of the children’s book, Raising You Alone, a title that thoughtfully addresses the joys and challenges faced by single-parent families.

Since its release in 1997, Hanson’s book, The Next Place, has brought peace and hope to more than 550,000 people across the country. It is one of the most embraced books on bereavement in the country and speaks to all ages and faiths. Paw Prints in the Stars helps pet lovers who have loved and lost a beloved pet celebrate the life they shared together. Older Love is a gentle celebration of lasting love that grows joyfully through the years and Beginning is a message of encouragement at the start of something new.

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Author Warren Hanson and TRISTAN Publishing
Address the question “Why?”

There are times we change our lives and there are times life changes us.

Warren Hanson encourages readers to celebrate both the hoped for and the unexpected events of life, whatever they may be with his newest title Everything Happens For A Reason. Through the pages Hanson helps the reader embrace living a life where
sometimes one must simply trust.

This book is written for anyone who has asked the question “Why?” and who boldly looks with hope and confidence to the future knowing everything really does happen for a

Publisher Brett Waldman knows this book will speak to many, “Our times are right for
this title. Warren is the perfect author to say so eloquently what we all need to be
reminded. We are so proud of this collaboration and excited to introduce Everything
Happens For A Reason as another of our TRISTAN treasures.”

Warren Hanson’s books published by Minneapolis based TRISTAN Publishing:
The Next Place (author/illustrator)
Paw Prints in the Stars (author/illustrator)
Kiki’s Hats (author/illustrator)
Raising You Alone (author/illustrator)
Beginning (author/illustrator)
Older Love (author/illustrator)
Everything Happens For A Reason (author/illustrator)
A Cup of Christmas Tea (illustrator)
PEEF The Christmas Bear (illustrator)
A Silent Night for PEEF (illustrator)
PEEF and His Best Friend (illustrator)
PEEF and the Baby Sister (illustrator)
Tell Me What You Did Today (illustrator)
Mark of the Maker (illustrator)
Reading With Dad (illustrator)
Up to the Lake (illustrator)

The Next Place Touches Lives!

Written & Illustrated by Warren Hanson
- Best–selling bereavement book for all ages and all faiths.
- Brings a comforting message of hope and compassion.
- Uses gentle verse to reveal a safe and welcome destination free
from earthly hurts.

Quotes from those who know…

“We are honored to place The Next Place on the bed of each patient who passes. The book is an everlasting gift.” -- Hospice RN

“The concept of timelessness, perfection, love…eternity are all brilliantly and literally portrayed.” --Hospice Chaplain

“I love the book and I am very choosy about what I pick out for our resource center. This book is a treasure!” --Director, Fernside, A Center for Grieving Children

“The Next Place is beyond words. Everyone I have shared this book with has said that a great sense of peace is experienced. My hope is that this book will be available to all across the country.” --Director, St. Vincent’s Services, Inc.

“Mr. Hanson gives patients gentle permission and encouragement to welcome the full range of conflicting feelings that arise when facing death. He reinforces the reality that we don’t really know what exists on the ‘other side’ but can rely on carrying our memories of love and joy.” --Director, Cancer Care, Inc.

“The Next Place is, dare I say, the most beautifully illustrated book I have ever come across. At first glance one might assume this is a children’s book, and though it absolutely serves that purpose, I would strongly urge adults to pick this up for themselves as well.

I use this book to close a graduate level class I teach on death and dying, and I could not have asked for a more loving, accepting, calming, peaceful narrative for students to leave with after a weekend intensive dealing with an oftentimes painful and difficult subject. The “story” if you will is told from the perspective of someone who is imagining what life will be like after they die. The message within is poignant, impactful, reassuring, and simple, and I have no doubt that once you read it you will want to give a copy of it to everyone you know. Thank you to Warren Hanson for writing such a remarkably profound book, and to Tristan Publishing for making it available to the masses.” --
Stacey K. Wood, MACP Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

TRISTAN Publishing is based near Minneapolis, in Golden Valley, Minn. A specialty book
publisher, TRISTAN Publishing focuses on producing books with inspirational themes and
messages at their core. “My goal is to publish books of extraordinary quality,” says publisher
Brett Waldman. “We provide books that touch our readers’ hearts and make a positive difference in their lives.


  1. Warren Hanson is a legend who rightfully deserves his place in children's books history. I'm so glad you've highlighted him here!