Michelle Edwards is an author and illustrator of many award-winning books for children, one book for adults, and nearly one hundred essays and cards for knitters. Her picture book, A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, received four starred reviews, a Sydney Taylor Silver Medal, a Wilde Award, and was both a Hicklebee’s Book of the Year and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her other titles include: Chicken Man (National Jewish Book Award), Room for the Baby, Stinky Stern Forever (Gryphon Award, Blue Crab Award), and A Knitter’s Home Companion, an adult title. Her forthcoming book, Me and the Boss: A Story About Mending and Love, in which a boy learns to sew, and discovers he can mend a special thing for someone he loves, will be illustrated by April Harrison and available in Fall 2022.
Michelle writes about family, friendship, and community. Her work chronicles the large and small victories and defeats of everyday life. Michelle frequently shares her paintings and process on Instagram (hashtag #studioscrawls), Facebook, and her website.
Michelle grew up in Troy, New York and now lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she shares, with her husband, a house full of books, yarn, and the artifacts of their three daughters’ childhoods.