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Michelle Knudsen is the New York Times best-selling author of fifty books for young readers of all ages, including the award-winning picture book Library Lion, which was selected by Time magazine as one of the 100 Best Children's Books of All Time. Her other books include the picture book Marilyn's Monster (one of NPR's Best Books of 2015) and the novels The Dragon of Trelian (VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers) and Evil Librarian (YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and winner of the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor). Michelle also works as a freelance editor and writing coach. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

Connect with Michelle through her website at www.michelleknudsen.com



Picture Books

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

Early Readers 

Smart Shark (2009) A Moldy Mystery (2006) Carl the Complainer (2005) Fish and Frog (2005) The Case of Vampire Vivian (2003) Cat Hat (2001) Colorful Chameleons! (2001)

Chapter Books 

She Persisted: Nellie Bly (2021)

Middle Grade Novels 

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

Young Adult Novels 

Curse of the Evil Librarian (2019) 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)


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


New York Times best-selling author; Time magazine's 100 Best Children's Books of All Time (2014); NPR's Best Books of 2015; 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.


MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Fine Arts
BA in English, Cornell University