Michelle Knudsen

September 18, 2013: Updated upcoming events.

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.


Candlewick Press, Fall 2014

(picture book)
illustrated by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, Spring 2015

More info to come soon!


Hi, there and thanks for visiting! This site contains information about me and my work. I'm the author of forty-three books for children, with more on the way. I'm also a freelance children's book editor (see my editing page for rates and terms).

I'm taking a break from teaching my 10-week children's book writing courses at NYC's Gotham Writers' Workshop so I can get my next book written. I'll post information about upcoming classes as soon as I'm able to.

For general news, occasional rambling, and additional information, please visit my blog.

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

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.


Saturday, September 21, 2013: I'll be signing books at the eighth annual Princeton Children's Book Festival in Princeton, NJ.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 3:30–4:30pm: I'll be reading and signing at Books of Wonder in New York City. There will be a fun activity for the kids, too!

Saturday, October 5, 2013: Come see me at the Brattleboro Literary Festival in Brattleboro, VT.

Saturday, November 16, 2013: I'm so excited to be returning for the 17th annual Rochester's Children's Book Festival in Rochester, NY!


Big Mean Mike is the winner of the 2013 Irma Black Award! You can read more about the award here.

Big Mean Mike is also a finalist for the Children's Choice Book Awards! Winners will be announced Monday, May 13.

Big Mean Mike has also been selected for the Children's Choices 2013 Reading List!

AND it's been nominated for the Magnolia Awards (Mississippi Children's Choice) in the K-2 category!

It was also selected as one of Amazon's Best Picture Books of 2012!

Have you read THE PRINCESS OF TRELIAN yet?

The Princess of Trelian is the sequel to The Dragon of Trelian, so if you haven't read Dragon, you should read that first! Both are available from Indiebound or Barnes and Noble or your favorite online or brick-and-mortar bookstore. Ebook versions of both are also available. As always, I encourage you to support your local independent bookstore whenever possible!

Here is a direct link to The Princess of Trelian on Indiebound.

And here's a direct link to the Google ebooks version of The Dragon of Trelian. It's also available in paperback, hardcover, and other ebook formats.

From the reviews:

"Wonderful characters ... fluid writing .... Fans will eagerly await the climactic confrontation between forces in the next book." —The Horn Book

"Engaging take on traditional fantasy." —Booklist

"It is a pleasure to revisit two such appealing protagonists." —Kirkus

And see what other readers have to say so far on Goodreads.