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Michelle Markel


Michelle Markel

Michelle Markel is a former freelance journalist who has written stories and opinion pieces for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. After her two daughters were born, she started writing for young people. She has written a number of notable picture books, including, most recently, TYRANNOSAURUS MATH, THE FANTASTIC JUNGLES OF HENRI ROUSSEAU, and the award-winning BRAVE GIRL. Michelle is also a founding member of the Children's Authors Network. She and her husband, an anthropologist, live in West Hills, California, with their two sweet cats.

Michelle Markel

Books by Michelle Markel

Written by Eleanor Roosevelt with Michelle Markel and illustrated by Grace Lin - Children's 6-10, Children's Nonfiction, Reference

Eleanor Roosevelt published the original edition of WHEN YOU GROW UP TO VOTE in 1932, the same year her husband was elected president. The new edition has updated information and back matter as well as fresh, bold art from award-winning artist Grace Lin. Beginning with government workers like firefighters and garbage collectors, and moving up through local government to the national stage, this book explains that the people in government work the voter. 

by Michelle Markel and Nancy Carpenter - Biography, Children's 4-8, Education, Nonfiction

This rollicking and fascinating picture book biography chronicles the life of the first pioneer of children's books --- John Newbery himself. While most children's books in the 18th century contained lessons and rules, John Newbery imagined them overflowing with entertaining stories, science and games. He believed that every book should be made for the reader's enjoyment. 

by Michelle Markel and LeUyen Pham - Biography, Children's 4-8, History, Politics, Women's History
In the 1950s, it was a man's world. Girls weren't supposed to act smart, tough or ambitious. Even though, deep inside, they may have felt that way. And then along came Hillary. Brave, brilliant and unstoppable, she was out to change the world.
They said a woman couldn't be a mother and a lawyer. Hillary was both. They said a woman shouldn't be too strong or too smart. Hillary was fearlessly herself.
It didn't matter what people said --- she was born to lead.