Michigan Authors, Illustrators & New Books!

Some of the finest children's literature in the country is created by Michiganders!

We'd love to help you discover more about our authors and illustrators and their work. We encourage bookstores, libraries, and schools to create displays of books by Michigan artists and authors and to contact them for book signings and promotions. If you are a Michigan author or illustrator and want to be included on this list (PAL only, please),  contact our webmistress, Deb Gonzales.


Click HERE to access a list of titles published from September 2013 to May 2014!


Michigan Authors and Illustrators

Amy Ackley, Brighton
Young-adult fiction: Sign Language


Amy Lynn Spitzley, Traverse City
YA novel Scrapbook of my Revolution (2013 Curiosity Quills Press)


Kathryn Madeline Allen, Bloomfield Hills
A Kiss Means I Love You, This Little Piggy's Book of Manners

Kathleen S. Allen, Ann Arbor
Young-adult novels: Lore of Fei; Fitzroy: The Boy Who Would be King; six other titles


Deborah Aronson, Bloomfield Township
Picture books:  Where's My Tushy?

Boni Ashburn, Houghton
Picture books: Hush Little Dragon, I Had a Favorite Dress


Brynne Barnes, Ann Arbor
Children's poetry and picture books: Colors of Me


Ruth McNally Barshaw, Lansing
Highly illustrated middle-grade: Ellie McDoodle series, including Ellie McDoodle: Most Valuable Player


K. A. Barson, Jackson
Young adult: 45 Pounds
Middle grade, historical; articles and stories in Highlights for Children


Kate Bassett, Harbor Springs
Young Adult: Words and Their Meanings


Josef Bastian, Royal Oak, Michigan
The Nain Rouge Trilogy and Nain Rouge: The Red Legend – Graphic Novel

Jack (Pat), Bates
Rochester, MI
Chapter Book: The Santa Spy


Karen Bell-Brege, Brighton

Author – Chapter books: Mick Morris Myth Solver & Ghost Board Posse series
Picture book: Monsters First Day at School
Sketch books: Sketch the Myths


Ari Berk, Ph.D, Mount Pleasant

Young Adult: Death Watch; Mistle Child, Lych Way

Picture Books: Nightsong; The Secret History of Hobgoblins; The Secret History of Memaids; The Secret History of Giants; William Shakespeare—His Life and Times; Coyote Speaks—Wonders of the Native World; Goblins!; Lady Cottington’s Book of Pressed Fairy Tales; The Runes of Elfland; How to be a Viking



Tracy Bilen, Troy
Young adult novel: What She Left Behind


Marcy Blesy, Bridgman
Picture books: Am I Like My Daddy?


Darrin Brege, Brighton
Illustrator –  Chapter books: Mick Morris Myth Solver & Ghost Board Posse series
Picture book: Monsters First Day at School, Rascal Makes Mischief 
Sketch books: Sketch the Myths


Robert Burleigh, Grand Haven
Picture books: Flight of the Last Dragon; If You Spend a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond; Hit the Road, Jack


Janie Bynum, Kalamazoo

Picture book: Kiki's Blankie



Valerie Scho Carey, Ann Arbor
Picture books: Harriet and William and the Terrible Creature; The Devil and Mother Crump


Sandy Carlson (a.k.a. S.L.Carlson), Battle Creek, MI

The Town That Disappeared,Tales of the Lost Schooner, Star Opening, Wildfire, Logging Winter, War Unicorn




Ellen Creager, Grosse Pointe Woods
Middle-grade fiction: story "The Ice Deer" included in Stories from Where We Live – The Great Lakes                                  http://www.freep.com/section/COL21


Shutta Crum, Ann Arbor
Picture books: Thunder-Boomer! MINE! and Dozens of Cousins
Novel: Thomas and the Dragon Queen


Christopher Paul Curtis, Detroit
Fiction: The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963; Bud, Not Buddy; Elijah of Buxton


Kathryn L. Darnell, East Lansing
Illustrator: Fibblestax by Devin Scillian; The American Reader, and 6 State Readers; Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Missouri.


Alison DeCamp, Harbor Springs
Middle Grade: My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!)



Debbie Diesen, Grand Ledge
Picture books: The Pout-Pout Fish; The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade, and Picture Day Perfection


Maria Dismondy, Novi, MI
Realistic Fiction Picture Books: Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun, The Juice Box Bully (co-authored with Bob Sornson) 
Pink Tiara Cookies for Three, The Potato Chip Champ and Spoonful of Sweetness


Nancy Edwards, Port Huron
Picture books: Glenna's Seeds
Middle-grade novels: Mom for Mayor


Laura Ellen, Ann Arbor
Young adult novel: Blind Spot
YA essay: contributor to anthology Dear Teen Me


Jean Alicia Elster, Detroit
Children's books: Just Call Me Joe Joe, I Have a Dream, Too!
Middle-grade/YA: Who's Jim Hines; The Colored Car


Lori McElrath-Eslick, North Muskegon
Illustrator of Read for Me, Mama, by Vashanti Rahaman, and Barefoot: Poems for Naked Feet, by Stefi Weisburd
Illustrator/author of pieces for Cricket magazine group, Highlights magazine, Little Christian magazine, StoneSoup


Matt Faulkner, Lake Orion
Picture books: A Taste of Colored Water
Graphic novels: Gaijin: American Prisoner of War


Patrick Flores-Scott, Ann Arbor
Young Adult novel: Jumped In
Young Adult short story:  I See Reality


Brad Gallagher, Chesterfield
Young adult fantasy/mystery: Escape from Zobadak


Elizabeth Gauthier, Grosse Pointe Woods
Author/Illustrator: Out of the Nursery, A Bald Chimpanzee: an adventure in ABC’s
Author: The Monster Book, 123 Make a S’more with Me


J. Gabriel Gates, Farmington Hills
YA Author: The Sleepwalkers, Dark Territory, Ghost Crown, Shadow Train, and Blood  Zero  Sky


Rhonda Gowler Greene, West Bloomfield
Picture books: This Is the Teacher; No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou


Carol A. Grund, Williamston
Middle grade novels: Anna Mei, Cartoon Girl; Anna Mei, Escape Artist
Stories, plays and poems: contributor to Friend 2 Friend; Family Matters; 20 magazine credits


Danielle S. Hammelef, Novi
educational books: The Case of an Ad That Substracts and Other True Math Mysteries for You to Solve


Amelia Hansen, Kalamazoo
Illustrator: At the Dog Park with Sam & Lucy by Daisy Bix, Are You Ready for Me? by Claire Buchwald, It's Raining Cats – and Cats! by Jeanne Prevost, It's Raining Pups and Dogs by Jeanne Prevost


Carrie Harris, Ann Arbor
Young-adult fiction: Bad Taste in Boys; Bad Hair Day


Monica Harris, Kalamazoo
Picture books: Wake the Dead
Nonfiction: Tarantula
Educational and magazines


Susan Kathleen Hartung, Brooklyn
Illustrator: Dear Juno by Soyoung Pak; Your Own Big Bed by Rita M. Bergstein,  A Mom for Umande by Maria Falconer, Mittens series by Lola M. Schaefer, Where's the Poop by Julie Markes


Leslie Helakoski, Kalamazoo
Picture book author: Big Chickens; Woolbur
Picture book author and illustrator: Fair Cow; Doggone Feet


Janet Ruth Heller, Portage
Middle-Grade Fiction:  The Passover Surprise
Picture book: How the Moon Regained Her Shape
Adult poetry and literary criticism



Amy Henrickson (Ms. Hen), Grandville, MI
Early reader chapter books:  Lucky Lottie, Spotty Lottie, Rocky Lottie


Ryan Hipp, Grand Rapids
Author-illustrator of picture books, middle-grade: A Curious Glimpse of Michigan; How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck?
Illustrator: regular contributor to REVUE; contributor to Grand Rapids Comics Society


Peggy House, Perrinton
Chapter Book Author: Prairie Anna


Amy Huntley, East Lansing
YA Author: The Everafter


Kevin Kammeraad, Grand Rapids
Children's poetry and music: The Tomato Collection; A Curious Glimpse of Michigan


Laurie Keller, North Muskegon
Picture books: The Scrambled States of America; Arnie the Doughnut; Do Unto Otters
Early chapter books: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut series


Kristy Kurjan, Traverse City
Nap-a-Roo  (published Summer 2014)
Children’s Board Book


Doris Holik Kelly, Niles
Mid-grade: Mystery of the Copper Turtle; Mystery of the Voyager's Rendezvous


LuAnn Kern, Lansing
Picture books: The Night the Tooth Fairy Didn't Come


Kenneth Kraegel, Grand Rapids
Picture book author/illustrator: King Arthur's Very Great Grandson


Neal Levin, Bloomfield Hills
Short stories, articles, essays, poems, cartoons, and illustrations in periodicals, including Highlights and Humpty Dumpty
Poetry in anthologies, including Rolling in the Aisles, Bruce Lansky, editor


Deborah Ludlow, Kalamazoo
Picture book author and illustrator: A Visit to the Neighbors


pj lyons; Grand Rapids, MI
Little Lamb's Bible, Little Lion's Bible Zonderkidz (2012)


David Miles, Kalamazoo


Illustrator, children's picture books: Cop's Night before Christmas by Michael Harrison
Illustrator, religious fiction: Arty's Tough Trail by Mark L. Redmond; Christmas Stories for Bedtime by Renae Brumbaugh



Meg Mims, Fraser
Historical, western, mystery/suspense, romance: Double Crossing; The Key to Love


Nancy Munger, Delton/Hastings
Illustrator: The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs; The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key


Beth Neff, Constantine
Young adult fiction: Getting Somewhere


Shirley Neitzel, Grand Rapids
Picture books: The Jacket I Wear in the Snow; The Bag I'm Taking to Grandma's
Middle grade: Liberty and Justice for All; From the Land of the White Birch


Mark Newman, Grand Rapids
Author/Illustrator: Sooper Yooper: Environmental Defender; Sooper Yooper: The Quest of the Blue Crew
Environmental Edutainer: Great Lakes & invasive species program for students of all ages


Wendy Nystrom, Big Rapids
Chapter Book with Illustrations: James Saves the Moon, Helga Returns, Tomfoolery and 13 Yule Lads of Iceland                                                                                                      


Mallette Pagano, Bridgman
Picture book Illustrator: For The Love Of Pickle Juice written by Shelly Lee Gossett, What's Up With Bonnie Beddle? written by Shelly Lee Gossett, Rocky Planet Kids Go To The Moon written by Sandra Frederick


Carrie Pearson, Marquette
Picture book author: A Warm Winter Tail, illustrated by Christina Wald


Deb Pilutti, Ann Arbor
Picture book author: The City Kid and the Suburb Kid, illustrated by Linda Bleck                                                                       Picture book illustrator: The Twelve Days of Christmas in Michigan, written by Susan Collins Thomas                                                                                                                                                                                                  Author/Illustrator: Ten Rules of Being a Super Hero


Steve Platto, Warren
Author: The Bed Head Of Ned



Patricia Polacco, Union City
Picture book author-illustrator: Chicken Sunday; Thank You, Mr. Falker; Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln


Jennifer Powell, Saint Ignace
Picture BookAuthor/illustrator: What I Saw on Mackinac



Janice Repka, Sault Sainte Marie
Fiction: The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco; The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius


Cynthia Furlong Reynolds, Ann Arbor
Picture books: Grammie's Secret Cupboard; H Is for Hoosier, S is for Star, M is for Maple Syrup, L is for Lobster, Fishing for Numbers, The Far-Flung Adventures of Homer the Hummer, Rascal Makes Mischief
Chapter books: Oliver's Travels: Adventures in Ohio; Oliver's Travels: Indiana Adventures
Middle reader: Across the Reach


Patti Richards, Farmington Hills
Magazine: On the Banks of the Black Volta, Boys Quest Magazine                                                                                            E-Picture Book: Snow Angels


Jacqui Robbins, Ann Arbor
Picture books: Two of a Kind; The New Girl … and Me


Eric Seltzer, West Bloomfield
Early Readers: Four Pups and a Worm , Cat In The Hat, Doodle Dog, Doodle Dog In Space, Granny Doodle,Bake, Mice Bake illustrated by Natascha Rosenberg, Penguin
Dog on His Bus
illustrated by Sebastien Braun


Nancy Shaw, Ann Arbor
Picture books: Sheep in a Jeep; Sheep Blast Off!; Racoon Tune


Laura Anne Stewart, Monroe
Puddle Jumper


Heidi Woodward Sheffield, Northville
Illustration work for the British children’s periodical The Scrumbler.


Buffy Silverman, Augusta
Nonfiction picture books: Do You Know about Mammals?; Can You Tell an Alligator from a Crocodile?
Nonfiction middle-grade books: Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks? And Other Questions about Animals
Poetry published in numerous periodicals


Amy Lynn Spitzley, Traverse City
Picture Book: Scrapbook of My Revolution



Michael P. Spradlin, Lapeer
Action-adventure middle-grade novels: Killer Species: Menace from the Deep; Q: The Alamo
Picture books: The Monster Alphabet; Off Like the Wind: The First Ride of the Pony Express


Debbie Taylor, Ann Arbor
Picture books: Sweet Music in Harlem


Susan Collins Thoms, Grand Rapids
Picture books: The Twelve Days of Christmas in Michigan; Noah's Ark


Pat Trattles, Holland
Early readers: Flying Butter (fiction); Emperor Penguins (nonfiction)
Magazines and educational market


Shanda Trent, Ann Arbor
Picture books: Farmers' Market Day


Hope Vestergaard, Ann Arbor
Picture books: Digger, Dozer, Dumper and Potty Animals


Elizabeth Westra, Grand Rapids
Nonfiction easy reader: Alexander and the Stallion
YA short story: "Why Me, God?" in anthology Encounters with God


Lisa Wheeler, Addison
Picture books: Dino-Hockey; Ugly Pie
Poetry: Spinster Goose: Twisted Rhymes for Naughty Children; Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta
Easy readers: The Fitch & Chip series


Sharon Willett, Coral
Middle Grade: Country and The Rock; Country Captured


Jonathan B. Wright, Ann Arbor
Picture Book: Who's Behind the Fairy Doors


Wong Herbert Yee, Troy
Picture books: Summer Days and Nights
Early readers: Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween; Mouse and Mole: Secret Valentine