Michelle Markel

Was it because she was born in the dream factory of Los Angeles, site of giant donuts and fairy tale cottages? Was it because of the outrageous stories her father told at bedtime? Maybe it was the books themselves, the fauve colors of Ludwig Bemelman's Madeline and later the droll prose of William Steig, that inspired Michelle to write for children. She has imagined, and published, picture books of all stripes, from alphabet to fiction to biography.

  • Brave Girl

    By Michelle Markel

    Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

    Read by Lesa Lockford

    Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

    A 2015 ALA-ALSC Notable Video!

    "...celebrates the courage and determination of Clara Lemlich, a young immigrant who toiled in a garment factory during the day and attended school at night." - Booklist (video review)

    Released August 5, 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • Brave Girl

    By Michelle Markel

    Read by Lesa Lockford

    Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

    A young immigrant overcomes adversity and leads the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history.

    Starred review. "Markel's informative text buzzes with details of the oppressive conditions and neatly plays up Clara's can-do spirit... A detailed note about the garment industry and a selected bibliography conclude. This book has fighting spirit in spades - you go, Clara!" - Booklist

    Released August 5, 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton

    By Michelle Markel

    Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

    Read by Lesa Lockford

    Some Girls Are Born to Lead

    The story of Hillary Clinton’s childhood, and how she paved the way for women everywhere.

    "Smart and snappy...as inspiring as it is delightful." - Booklist (starred review)

    Released January 26, 2016
    English, Unabridged