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Michael Dooling

Well known for his dramatic and historically accurate illustrations, Michael Dooling is the illustrator of over sixty-five books and the author of six including Young Thomas Edison, that School Library Journal said, “Belongs in every library.” Horn Book praised his work as “noteworthy—and handsome— examples of the illustrator as historian.”


​Born in 1958, Michael grew up in the small town of Marlton, New Jersey, surrounded by peach and apple orchards. He played baseball, built tree houses, and had snowball fights. He also loved to read and draw; a combination that eventually led to illustrating children's books. His mother, Patricia, encouraged him to draw and he could always be found doodling away. He even had a dog named, Doodles! Michael graduated with a Master's Degree in Illustration from Syracuse University and lives in Audubon, New Jersey, with his wife, Jane.

In 2013, Michael was selected to a Top Ten List of Great Author Visits by the Pennsylvania School Library Association.

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Some of Michael's Impressive Accolades:

  • Young Thomas Edison by Michael Dooling -  Chosen as a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2006 by the Children's Book Council and National Council for the Social Studies.Chosen for Maryland State's Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book List

  • Selected as a Children's Crown Award Nominee by National Christian School Association

  • Starred Review School Library Journal

  • The Memory Coat by Elvira Woodruff

  • The Carolyn Field Award (Pennsylvania School Library Association Award)

  • A Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children, 1999

  • A CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2000

  • A Selector’s Choice

  • Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog’s Tale by Laurie Myers

  • The Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award 2004

  • Cochecho Reader’s Award 2004

  • IRA Teacher's Choice List 2003

  • IRA Parent's Choice List 2003

  • Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association 2002 Book Award Nominee

  • Texas Christian School’s Association of Children's Crown Award Nominee 2005

  • Best Book of 2003 Anne Nixon Center for Children’s Literature

  • 2005 Beverly Clearly Children’s Choice Award

  • Young Reader Award Winner Pennsylvania

  • Young Reader Award Honor Book Michigan

  • Nominated Young Reader Award Texas Bluebonnet

  • Nominated Young Reader Award Louisiana

  • Nominated Young Reader Award West Virginia

  • Nominated Young Reader Award Nevada

  • Nominated Young Reader Award Arizona

  • Nominated Young Reader Award Maryland

  • Nominated Young Reader Award Florida

  • Nominated Young Reader Award Oregon

  • The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin by James Cross Giblin

  • Chosen as an Orbis Pictus Honor Book

  • A New York Public Library Best Book of Year

  • A Horn Book Best Book of Year

  • Starred Review Booklist

  • Starred Review Horn Book

  • Starred Review School Library Journal

  • Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon by Jeannine Atkins

  • A NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade book, 2000

  • Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin

  • A Booklist Editor’s Choice

  • An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists

  • The Boy Who Saved Cleveland by James Cross Giblin

  • Chosen for 2007 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended List

  • Chosen for 2007 CCBC Choices List

  • Selected Best Book of Year List by Children's Book Committee at Bank Street

  • Selected New Mexico Children's Choice Award Master List (The Land of Enchantment Book Award) 2008-2009

  • Selected for Volunteer State Book Award Master Reading List, 2009-2010

  • Gift of the Magi and Other Stories by O.Henry

  • American Bookseller's Pick of the Lists

  • Anne Hutchinson’s Way by Jeannine Atkins

  • Named one of the "Top Ten Religion Books for Youth" in Booklist

  • Included in the 2008 Amelia Bloomer Project Recommended Titles List

  • Selected for Bank Street College List of The Best Children's Books of the Year

  • Walking to School by Eve Bunting

  • Named Editor’s Choice by Library Media Connection Magazine

  • George Washington: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin

  • A Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

  • A Book-of-the-Month Club selection

  • An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists

  • Starred Review Publisher’s Weekly

  • Lights on the River by Jane Resh Thomas

  • America’s Children’s and Young Adult Book Award/Commended Listio

  • Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

  • Starred Review Booklist

  • Robin Hook, Pirate Hunter by Eric Kimmel

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