Michael Dooling, Author & Illustrator of Children's Books

History through Picture Books

Michael was selected to a Top Ten List of Great Author Visits by the Pennsylvania School Library Association and has visited over 1,000 schools nationwide. He is the recipient of over fifty awards, nominations, and acknowledgments, the illustrator of sixty-five books, and the author of five, including Young Thomas Edison, which School Library Journal said, “Belongs in every library.” Michael speaks to ALL grades and has a book for every grade level. “The best program I've seen in 30 years,” said one teacher.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from his books:

“You have truly made a difference in the life of a child,” said one librarian. “He is still writing!” Readers will be inspired to read, write, and learn about history.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of his books:

Even reluctant readers will join in on the fun. My assembly program is a behind-the-scenes look at creating picture books: how I research extensively at museums and libraries.

“In 13 years of visits only you captured the attention of everyone including kindergarten.” — Librarian


Pennsylvania’s Carolyn Field Award, Michigan’s Young Reader Award Honor, a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book, New Hampshire’s Cochecho Reader’s Award, a Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended List, a Mountain and Plains Bookseller’s Nominee, an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, a New York Public Library Best Book of Year, a Horn Book Best Book of Year, Maryland State's Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book List, New Mexico’s The Land of Enchantment Book Award List, Tennessee’s Volunteer State Book Award Master Reading List, and Bank Street College List of The Best Children's Books of the Year.



Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

My educational and entertaining assemblies are a behind the scenes look at creating pictures: how to tell a story with a picture using emotion, perspective, value, facial expression, and body posture, how I research at libraries and museums, and how family and friends pose in costume for characters, and most importantly, how I correct my many mistakes as I go along. The 40-45 minute teaching assembly is interactive: I show PowerPoint asking questions, draw a picture with a child's help, and allow time for questions. I may even bring in a 40" dinosaur bone!

Presentation Audience:

Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Middle School



301+ appearances


New Jersey

Willing to Travel

Book Type:

Picture book






Immigration/Immigration Law


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