Cris’s writing career began when she gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a newborn calf and knew she had a good story. The calf, Breathless, lived, and the story was published in Highlights for Children. Since then, she has written ten award-winning books for children. For many years she wrote a nationally syndicated column on family literacy, which appeared in newspapers across the country. A native of Minneapolis, she earned a degree in history and education from the University of Minnesota. She then moved to a dairy farm in Wisconsin where she and her husband, Gary, raised three children and continue to farm today. The Petersons milk 900 cows and farm nearly 2,000 acres. When Cris isn’t busy managing the farm or writing, she often speaks to schoolchildren and their families about where their food comes from. She has written numerous articles and features for magazines and newspapers, including Cricket, the Atlanta Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News and the Des Moines Register.
In 2004, Cris was named National Dairy Woman of the Year at World Dairy Expo to honor her writing and her leadership in agriculture. She serves on several state and national agricultural advisory boards. Her goal in writing books about farming is to create a sense of wonder . . . the “Wow, I didn’t know that!” reaction that connects readers to new experiences and information.