The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas & Grandpas! (Harper Collins)

has won the Oppenhiem Toy Portfolio Gold Seal “Best Book” Award.  Yea!

This book was written by the wonderful

author Sally Loyd-Jones. Go see her at:

New book

This is my newest book Miss Brooks Loves Books! and I don’t, (Knopf/RandomHouse 2010). It was written by the legendary writer and teacher of legendary writers,  Barbara Bottner ( She has written such classics as the picture book, Bootsie Barker Bites, and taught people such as Caldecott winner Peggy Rathman. ‘Bootsie’ is one of my all time favorite picture books and I was thrilled to actually meet Barbara at a speaking event we did together in the US. We kept in touch, and this is the result!  The first of hopefully many books we will collaborate on. In fact I am working on the illustrations of our next book right now… Even though she is in LA, I am in Dublin, and our publisher is in New York, we can still do our work, as so many authors and illustrators do,  by email and telephone. The illustrations for this book were the first done by me here in Ireland.

It’s supposed to be released in March but hey, it already has reviews…

“Lots of fun for avid and reluctant readers alike.”

— BookList

“The Heroine makes an indelible presence…

Emberly’s slice-of-life cartooning is funny, empathetic, and of-the-moment.”

—Publishers Weekly

“…Clever and Quirky.”

Amazon’s Best Books of March(2008) –

“Bottner’s deadpan humor and delicious prose combine with Emberley’s droll caricatures to create a story sure to please those who celebrate books. “

—School Library Journal – * Starred Review

“Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley pay playful homage to the diverse tastes of child readers and valiant librarians.

—Powell’s Books

Bernardine - April 15, 2010 - 4:04 pm

Congrats on the blog! It’s really professional – didn’t know you were such a dab hand at all this as well as everything else! Re your new bok – I love the drawing of the kid drawing – it reminds me of Mel when we were kids – a pose the child artist in her often bundled herself into. And the one in the same series of her skipping as she sings has a lovely happy feel.

Congrats as well on the award – you kept that quiet til now. Excuse for a pint for sure.

Bernardine - April 15, 2010 - 4:08 pm

My favourites are the drawing of the kid drawing – it reminds me of Mel when we were kids – content in her own world drawing away – and the one of the girl skipping as she sings which has a lovely happy feel.

An American in Ireland

Greetings  from County Wicklow in Ireland! I am now an American expat as they say. Or a ‘Yank’ as they call me here. Perhaps as the mood strikes me I will pass on not only stuff about the world of children’s books here, but also the experience of living as a stranger in a strange land. It has been a long, and at times, difficult trip to get here. Much more so than I would have ever imagined. Far more than anyone here can imagine! But that’s another story for another time.

I don’t know if anyone will be able to tell the difference between the books I have written or illustrated in the US and the ones I have done here. But I can’t imagine it NOT having some affect. I did not make the sort of quantum leap that moving to Afghanistan would have been, but I am surprised every day by all the little things that continue to remind me I’m not in Kansas anymore, or in this case, not in Boston anymore. You can never quite relax and say your on top of everything. I am learning and changing by the day. Perhaps five years from now I may blend in a bit more, but for now I am the outsider, the obvious yank on the room. I’m not a different race, or have blue hair or anything, but just being six foot four and opening my mouth is enough to place me in the ,”So, who’s the bloody Yank then?” category.

I’ll add one thing now that surprises me since moving here, as an American – It’s how often people sort of politely ask where I’m from, which I used to think was that they couldn’t place my accent (and it’s always amusing for the new immigrant to be reminded it’s YOU with the funny accent), And that was partly true, but it wasn’t that I was fooling anyone with my best effort at an Irish accent, it’s that they want to know if I’m Canadian or not. They can hear the “North American” accent immediately, but not the exact country… It’s typical of an American’s inward vision and lack of international sophistication to not even consider Canada as part of people’s North American consciousness. It never occurred to me that people would confuse me with a Canadian. It’s not an outlandish question by any means, it’s just that Americans generally, uh, don’t spend much time thinking about Canada… and I’m from Canadian stock too. It’s the little things…

Miss Brooks - April 21, 2010 - 5:23 pm

she was at # 8—fingers crossed for this coming week!

Miss Brooks - April 21, 2010 - 5:24 pm

she was at #8–past Sunday. cross fingers for this week.

New Web Site!


Welcome to the new home for

Pardon the scaffolding and paint tarps as we build the new site. I hope anyone with ideas –  anything they’ve ever wanted, not wanted, on a children’s book author/illustrator site, will speak up.

Now’s your chance to help design an author’s site!  Never done it before? Don’t worry. Here are simple instructions: After you calm down, carefully compose your thoughts, type your home grown wisdom, re-read it, then delete all but the most soul altering insights. Press send. Voila!

Come again,


barbara bottner - March 27, 2010 - 8:35 pm

Yo, Michael,
here’s a thought; how about some photo’s of Ireland.? I read ‘yank’ in the room as ‘yak’ in the room and thought, Gosh, that’s SO Irish! Oh, and can you put some audio of Irish-speak? I miss hearing it.
Congrats on the new site!

Michael - March 29, 2010 - 2:24 pm

If I can figure out how to put in audio files…..


Michael Emberley has been writing and illustrating children’s books for almost twenty five years. And to date he has finished a little more than a dozen books. If you do the math that works out to oh, let’s see…well, a smallish number of books per year. Now, it’s not uncommon for authors or illustrators to complete twenty five to fifty books in that amount of time, so what Michael has been up to is anyone’s guess.

If you’d like to find out the answer to this question, or learn anything else about Michael or his books, you’ve come to the right place.

Michael - March 25, 2010 - 10:52 am

Wow, what a cool site!