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Michelle (Mikki) Knudsen is the New York Times best-selling author of 49 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 in Israel, South Africa, and the UK, 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 sequels Revenge of the Evil Librarian and Curse of the Evil Librarian. Forthcoming publications include an early-chapter-book biography and a new picture book. Michelle lives in Brooklyn, NY.



Picture Books

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)

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.

Connect with Michelle through her website at www.michelleknudsen.comFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 


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