Michael Dooling, Illustrator and Author of Children's Books

Books for Kindergarten through 8th grade
"A perfect blend of words and pictures," said Storyreader.


DEAR MOTHER by Michael Dooling     Picture Book Grades 3-6

Learn about the Civil War through the eyes of a twelve-year-old bugle boy's letter home to his mother. Soldiers from both the North and the South wrote letters home describing the hardships they endured. Many boys under the age of fifteen, and even some girls masquerading as boys, enlisted as messengers, scouts, drummers, fifes, and buglers.

"I love the settings and the masterful details in your Civil War art." R. Hauck, Staff Action Control Officer at HQDA

"Powerful Message." N. Solell, Senior Education Consultant

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Strange and monstrous bones for your classroom! Author & Illustrator Michael Dooling brings fossil hunter William Foulke's quest for strange and monstrous bones to life. In 1858, Foulke unearthed the first almost complete dinosaur skeleton ever found, proving what dinosaurs looked like and that they really once existed. Foulke changed paleontology from a gentlemen's hobby to a mainstream science.

"Here are strange marls, the relics of infinite animal life, into which has sunk the lizard of the dragon of antiquity--the gigantic Hadrosaurus...." Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, 1873

"This is a great addition for any library or classroom!" Ruth Teacher

"Michael's stories are a blend of meticulously researched history, grand adventure, lovely art, and just plain cool subject matter--regardless of the reader's gender. Perfect for the reluctant reader, budding scholar, and every kid in between."
Grace Burrowes, JD, MA, child advocate,
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

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Click here to read an article in Story Monsters Ink magazine about How Michael Dooling makes Learning about History Fun -

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S ARMY AND ME by Michael Dooling  Picture Book Grades 2-6

A poignant story told through the eyes of a young boy and based on letters and diaries of people who marched with the Army.

"This is a great book to be used by educators and parents..." Mtn Horserider

"Well written and beautifully illustrated." TeachersNet Gazette

"Beautiful story with gorgeous illustrations. This picture book is the perfect addition to a classroom library or as a gift for 2-6th graders. The story will touch your heart and the illustrations are simply stunning. This book is a favorite in my classroom. " loves to teach

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* Currently in Development, 1663 Media Arts, LLC presents an Adventurous, Family-Friendly Film based on the popular Illustrated Children’s Book, George Washington’s Army And Me.
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Young Thomas Edison YOUNG THOMAS EDISON by Michael Dooling Picture Book Grades 2-6 (Originally published by Holiday House)

"Dooling has brought Edison's boyhood into focus through careful attention to visual detail and a readable text. What emerges is a story of a determined, focused young man who, despite significant hearing loss and other setbacks, continued to experiment and create inventions that we still use today. ...somber oil on canvas illustrations use a dark palette and are extraordinarily beautiful. Each page exhibits an artistic mastery that perfectly draws out the subject and fills the space with objects that reflect the period. This inspiring book honors a brilliant inventor and belongs in every library." School Library Journal (Starred Review)

"This book exceeded all of our expectations…it is literature of this quality that instills a love of history in a child - Exquisite!" Treetop Learning

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

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The Great Horse-Less Carriage Race THE GREAT HORSE-LESS CARRIAGE RACE by Michael Dooling    Picture Book Grades K-6 (Originally published by Holiday House)

"This exciting account of the race that gave birth to America's first automobile company is accompanied by vivid paintings guaranteed to transport readers to an unforgettable day in our history."

"Children will be captivated by this vivid, tongue-in-cheek glimpse of the earliest automobiles and the doughty men who built and rode them to victory."

"Dooling has lovingly re-created an era... his spreads convey the icy dullness of the day, the enthusiasm of the onlookers, and even the frenzy of the race."
-School Library Journal

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* This book is currently under consideration for a major Hollywood Motion Picture!

Lewis and Clark and Me LEWIS AND CLARK AND ME: A DOG'S TALE by Laurie Myers (Henry Holt and Company) Chapter Book Grades 3-6

"The dog's eye-view is well done and refreshing, excerpts from Lewis's actual journal enliven the text, and Dooling's beautiful oil paintings seem just right, as full of action, beauty, danger, and majesty as the land they portray."

Nominated for fifteen awards and received the Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award 2004, Cochecho Readers Award 2004, IRA Teacher's Choice List 2003, and IRA Parent's Choice List 2003.

Young Reader Award Winner Pennsylvania, Young Reader Award Honor Book Michigan

Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association 2002 Book Award Nominee

Texas Christian Schools Assn-Children's Crown Award Nominee 2005

WHEN THE RAGMAN SINGS by Judith Logan Lehne Novel Grades 4-8

In 1920's Baltimore, ten-year-old Dorothea struggles to solve the mystery behind her mother’s unlikely friendship with the old black ragman and his possible connection to her mother’s death. As she uncovers clues, Dorothea comes to terms with her loss and learns that “things are rarely what they first appear to be.

WHEN THE RAGMAN SINGS is steeped in the history of Baltimore, still a southern city in the years following World War I. A timeless story for middle grade readers, it examines loss and prejudice, honor and love, through the eyes of a child who has to confront these issues for the very first time. This is truly a soul-satisfying book on the par with Sarah Plain and Tall. American Bookseller

THE AMAZING LIFE OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by James Cross Giblin (Scholastic) Picture Book Grades 3-6

This biography is remarkable for its readable, interesting, and yet strictly reportorial tone, which results nonetheless in bringing Franklin to vibrant life. Dooling’s oil illustrations, as well as his sketches of the important figures who surrounded Franklin, extend the book’s accessibility and compound its readability.”

Giblin's writing is lively - Dooling provides both expertly executed paintings and simple line drawings to bring Franklin's story close to today's readers.”

Chosen as an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, a New York Public Library Best Book of Year, and Hornbook Best Book of Year.
Received starred reviews from Booklist, HornBook, and School Library Journal.

The Memory Coat THE MEMORY COAT by Elvira Woodruff (Scholastic) Picture Book Grades K-6

The Memory Coat traces the courageous journey of a family of Russian Jews as they uproot their lives, abandon their homeland, and make their way to New York in search of religious and economic freedom. Woodruff’s carefully chosen text and Michael Dooling’s rich, realistic illustrations put young readers in the thick of it, by honestly depicting the sites, sounds, and smells of the immigrant experience.
-Hungry Mind Review

A Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children, 1999
A CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2000
A Selector's Choice
The Carolyn Field Award (PA Library Association)

Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon MARY ANNING AND THE SEA DRAGON by Jeannine Atkins    Picture Book Grades K-6 (Originally published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

A beautifully illustrated biography of Mary Anning, a child who started looking for seashells and stone sea lilies and ended up discovering fossil remains. The illustrations capture the misty seashore and the people of 18th century England. A good choice for the younger biography section.
-Children's Book Review Service Inc.

A NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade book, 2000

A sensitive . . . portrait of the real-life discoverer of the first complete ichthyosaur fossil . . . The patience and dogged determination of the unconventional Mary shines through.
-Publishers Weekly

Smoothly crafted.
-School Library Journal

Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography THOMAS JEFFERSON: A PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHY by James Cross Giblin (Scholastic) Picture Book Grades 2-6

Historically accurate and visually handsome, this is the best Jefferson biography available for young students.

A Booklist Editor's Choice
An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists

The Boy Who Saved Cleveland by Michael Dooling THE BOY WHO SAVED CLEVELAND by James Cross Giblin (Henry Holt & Company) Chapter Book Grades 3-6

In 1798, Cleveland, Ohio was in danger of being wiped out by a malaria epidemic. Based on fact, this book tells the remarkable story of Seth Doan, a young boy whose heroic efforts kept his family and neighbors alive, and ultimately put the City of Cleveland on the map.

"Giblin recounts the story of 10-year-old Seth Doan, who helped to save the early settlers of Cleveland, Ohio, during an outbreak of malaria in 1798….Dooling's realistic pencil illustrations, which focus on the characters and their feelings, will help younger readers to visualize the rustic setting…. A welcome addition to the historical fiction shelves." --Booklist

Chosen for 2007 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended List
Chosen for 2007 CCBC Choices List
Selected for the Best Book of Year List by Children's Book Committee at Bank Street
Selected for 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

THE GIFT OF THE MAGI AND OTHER STORIES by O.Henry Chapter Book Grades 3-8 (Originally published by William Morrow)

"Michael Dooling contributes 15 plates to enhance this O.Henry collection...An excellent gift purchase." American Bookseller

"Dooling's exquisite plates, one for each story...a realistic style that captures the wry characterization of O.Henry prose." Booklist

American Bookseller's Pick of the Lists

ANNE HUTCHINSON'S WAY ANNE HUTCHINSON'S WAY by Jeannine Atkins Picture Book Grades 2-6 (Originally published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Jeannine Atkin's story about one of our country's first heroines and her struggle to uphold what later became our most precious freedom-that of speech-shows the impact of such bravery not only on the individual but also on the family.

"...There is sturdiness here throughout: in the story of Anne and her husband's unwavering courage to stand strong for their beliefs and in Dooling's impressive artwork, plain in color and rugged in its portrayal of rough colony life...this offers something solid for children, especially those studying early American history." Starred Review Booklist

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

MARY MCLEAN and the ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE by Steven Kroll Picture Book Grades K-3 (Originally published by Scholastic)

"A St. Patrick's Day picture book that blends realism and folklore. Kroll accurately portrays the difficult life of the Irish immigrants who lived in lower Manhattan in the 1850s and spices this reality with a little Irish magic in the form of a visiting leprechaun." School Library Journal

"...this story would be good as a St. Patrick's Day read-aloud for primary grade children. " Booklist

"This book is priceless. The artwork is fabulous and reminiscent of Norman Rockwell. The artwork is very engaging" L. Hale


Determined to find his older brother, Reuben, who is off fighting with the Union Army, Ben runs away from home with his brother's dog close on his heels...Marty Crisp weaves together a powerful story about the Civil War with an unlikely group of heroes, including a courageous dog named Captain.

"Well-rounded characterization and vivid attention to detail...Crisp deserves praise." School Library Journal

Doodle with Dooling How to Draw ( Downloadable Book) Learn how to see and copy shapes with your artist's eyes.

Michael Dooling has illustrated over sixty books and has visited over 800 schools nationwide widening children's eyes with a new awareness of history with his [click here] History through Picture Books School Program.