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Michael Dooling, Illustrator

Michael Dooling Michael Dooling, a member of the Society of Illustrators, received an MFA from Syracuse University and has illustrated numerous young adult jackets, magazine, and picture books including The Story of Santa Claus by Tom Paxton and The Gift of the Magi and other stories by O. Henry, an American Booksellers Pick of the Lists.

Also among his picture books are George Washington: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin, selected as a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; Mary Mclean and the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade by Steven Kroll, an American Booksellers Pick of the Lists; and Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin, selected as a Booklist Editor’s Choice.

His next three picture books (1999) are titled The Memory Coat by Elvira Woodruff, a story about Ellis Island; Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon by Jeannine Atkins, a story about discovering the first dinosaur fossil; and The Exciting Life of Ben Franklinby James Cross Giblin.

Michael has exhibited in many galleries and museums including the Norman Rockwell Museum, The Delaware Art Museum and at the Society of Illustrators and enjoys visiting Elementary Schools.

His assembly program is a "behind-the-scenes" look at creating a picture book: how he tells a story visually with perspective, point of view, emotion and color; how he researches at libraries and historic sites; and how he creates a "mini-movie" in book form. His school visits include slides, questions and answers, lunch with students/teachers, a painting demonstration and a booksigning.

His program will leave you with a clear understanding of what a children’s book illustrator does and a history lesson as well.

For information about Michael Dooling’s school visits please contact Michael by email or call him at 609-546-6507.

Click here for a few of Michael’s illustrations.