Michelle Knudsen is a New York Times best-selling author of 47 books for young readers, including board books, picture books, early readers, and middle grade and young adult novels. Her best-known book to date is the award-winning picture book Library Lion, which has been translated into fourteen languages, is currently being performed as a musical stage production in Israel and South Africa, and was selected by Time Magazine as one of the Best 100 Children's Books of All Time. She is also the author of the Trelian trilogy of fantasy novels (The Dragon of TrelianThe Princess of Trelian, and The Mage of Trelian) as well as the young adult novel Evil Librarian (winner of the 2015 Sid Fleischman Humor Award) and its sequel Revenge of the Evil Librarian. Her most recent picture book is Marilyn's Monster, illustrated by Matt Phelan. Next up will be the third book in her Evil Librarian trilogy, tentatively titled CURSE OF THE EVIL LIBRARIAN. Michelle lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Work


Picture Books

Marilyn's Monster (2015)
Big Mean Mike (2012)
Argus (2011)
Library Lion (2006)

Early Readers

A Moldy Mystery (2006)
Carl the Complainer (2005)
Fish and Frog (2005)
The Case of Vampire Vivian (2003)
Cat Hat (2001)
Colorful Chameleons! (2001)

Middle Grade Novels

The Mage of Trelian (2016)
The Princess of Trelian (2012)
The Dragon of Trelian (2009)

Young Adult Novels

Revenge of the Evil Librarian (2017)
Evil Librarian (2014)

Short Stories

"The Bridge to Highlandsville" published in the middle grade anthology I Fooled You (2010)

Affiliations

The New School (Guest Lecturer), Gotham Writers' Workshop

Awards

New York Times Best-Selling Author; Time magazine's 100 Best Children's Books of All Time (2014); Book Sense Children's Bestsellers List; Publisher's Weekly Children's Picture Book Bestsellers List; Book Sense Book of the Year Children's Illustrated Honor Book; Irma S. and James H. Black Award Winner; Irma S. and James H. Black Honor Book; Junior Library Guild Selection; YALSA 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults; 2015 Sid Fleischman Award for Humor; VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers selection; School Library Journal Best Books of the Year; the New Atlantic Independent Bookseller's Association Picture Book of the Year; 2013 Children's Book Council Children's Book Award Finalist; Kids' Indie Next List; Amazon best Picture Book of the Month; Amazon Best Picture Book of the Year; Amazon Best Teen and Young Adult Book of the Month; NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book; Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year; multiple children's choice state awards and honors.

Connect with Michelle through her website at www.michelleknudsen.com or on Facebook.

Education

M.F.A., Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Fine Arts
B.A., English, Cornell University