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October 24, 2015: Recent updates include new author photos (for the first time in waaaaaay too long), school visit info (new testimonial and exciting news about joint visits with author/​illustrator Matt Phelan!), and upcoming events/​appearances.

As always, more content, links, etc. still to come, whenever I have time to add them. Additional links to other author sites and pages of interest can be found on my blog.


(picture book)
illustrated by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, 3-10-2015

(picture book)
Candlewick Press, Feb 2016

aka Trelian book 3, finally! :)
(middle grade novel)
Candlewick Press, 4-12-2016

EVIL LIBRARIAN 2: Official title still to come
(YA novel)
Candlewick Press, Fall 2016


Hi, there and thanks for visiting! This site contains information about me and my work. I'm the author of forty-five books (and counting!) for young readers of all ages. I'm also a freelance children's book editor and writing coach (see my editing page for rates and terms) and one of Lesley University's MFA faculty in their Writing for Young People program.

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I hope you enjoy looking around and that you'll come back soon to see what's new!


My new picture book Marilyn's Monster, illustrated by the incomparable Matt Phelan, was released into the world on March 10, 2015. Where can you get yours? I always encourage you to support your local independent bookstores, but you can also find it at the online bookseller of your choice.

If you want a SIGNED AND/OR PERSONALIZED copy, you can order one from WORD in Brooklyn, NY, and I will stop in there and sign/personalize it before they ship it out (or before you pick it up, if you are local). You can order signed/personalized copies of my other books too — just note in the comments field whom you'd like each book signed to when you place the order.

Here's what the reviewers are saying so far:

"Rich with feeling, it’s a warm, gently funny reminder to chase down one’s dreams, rather than waiting for them to appear on the doorstep." —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A surprising spin on monsters with nicely effective artwork—and heart." —Kirkus

"Knudsen’s charming story is a great fit for Phelan’s gentle watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. With just a few lines and brushstrokes, he depicts the wide range of Marilyn’s emotions, from wary hopefulness to sullen grumpiness to, finally, utter joy. The whimsical, friendly monsters are equally expressive, and their supernatural antics in the background will tickle funny bones. Little ones feeling lonely or worried about making friends will be empowered by Marilyn’s determined, take-charge attitude." —Booklist

"Knudsen’s brilliantly simple narrative and Phelan’s whimsical pencil and watercolor drawings speak to the universal need for belonging and the anxiety born of impatience ... Every one of Phelan’s monsters is wonderfully weird, and readers will have fun noting similarities between them and their human friends." —School Library Journal

"A charmer ... Ms. Knudsen has packed a surprising amount of relatable emotion into this story of humility and derring-do." —Wall Street Journal

"Michelle Knudsen’s sophisticated story has hidden pockets of depth and Matt Phelan’s illustrations are wistfully soft, but the sketchy lines capture Marilyn’s determination too." —Boston Globe


I could not be more excited about this. You can see more about the award and the Golden Kite winners at the SCBWI website. I'll be accepting the award at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Los Angeles this summer!

You can see reviews of the book and other info here.

Where Can You Get a Copy?

I always encourage you to support your local independent bookstores, but you can also find Evil Librarian in Barnes & Noble or online at whatever virtual bookstore you prefer.

If you want a signed/personalized book, you should order from WORD in Brooklyn, so I can stop over there and sign it for you before they mail it out. :)


Saturday, November 7, 2015: I'll be one of more than 40 authors and illustrators at the Rochester Children's Book Festival - Get Caught Reading!

Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2016: I'll be appearing at my first-ever
RT Booklovers Convention in Las Vegas! More info coming soon.

Want a signed book?

If you can't make it to one of my book signings, you can still get yourself a signed, personalized book (or get one for someone else as a gift, or get a whole bunch of signed books for a whole bunch of nice people). Here is how to do it:

Use the link below to get to the special page WORD (my awesome local bookstore) has set up for ordering signed copies of my books. Once there, you can select the books you want, and when you place the order, put a note in the comments field saying that you would like the books signed and describing how you would like them personalized (e.g., "For Margaret," or "Happy Birthday, Timmy!"). You can also say "signature only," if you want a book signed but not personalized.

WORD will let me know that someone has requested signed books, and I'll head over to the store and sign the book or books per your order. If you live in the area, you can pick up the book(s) at the store; otherwise, WORD will ship them out to you.

Here is the link: www.wordbrooklyn.com/michelle-knudsen

If you have any questions about how this works, please feel free to email me. You can also contact WORD by phone or email and ask them book-ordering-related questions.