Michelle Houts is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers, ranging from colorful, engaging picture books to adventurous middle-grade novels. She loves to talk to young readers and writers about not only her work and process, but their own ideas and creations.
WINTERFROST Book Talk
Nuts About Science: Inspiration, Investigation, Imagination
How to Tell a Life - Writing About Real People
Give a HOOT! The Story of Coal and SILENT SWOOP
A most unusual great-horned owl rescue? The true story of a failed (and then successful) attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail? A wintry adventure to recover a lost baby in the magical world of the Scandinavian nisse? Michelle Houts jumps enthusiastically into her stories, some fiction and nonfiction. She loves telling about interesting lives, like a woman who played professional baseball in a skirt (KAMMIE ON FIRST), a midcentury modern artist (COUNT THE WINGS: THE LIFE AND ART OF CHARLEY HARPER), the first woman to solo hike the Appalachian Trail (WHEN GRANDMA GATEWOOD TOOK A HIKE) and a great-horned owl (SILENT SWOOP). She also exploring the imagination to see what's possible. SEA GLASS SUMMER dives into the mysteries of the ocean with a multi-generational tale and a surprise ending and WINTERFROST is a great family read-aloud. Houts brings the mysteries of science to life in her STEM-based chapter book series, LUCY’S LAB, which encourages young readers to be curious about the world around us. Houts is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences. She is the creator of The Mark Boney Promise, an anti-bullying campaign, and the 52 Letter Challenge, which is bringing back the art of writing real, actual letters.
Michelle does most of her presenting from a restored 1894 one-room schoolhouse-turned-writing-studio.