Ever since Mike can remember he knew he wanted to be an artist. His dad, who worked at the Highway Department, would bring home reams of paper that had highway plans on one side and were blank on the other. He would be so excited to have all that paper to draw on and would fill each sheet with snowmobiles, baseball players, superheroes—everything he was interested in. His high school art teacher, Mr. Chase encouraged Mike to pursue art as a career. This, along with a scholarship, led him to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Since graduating with a B.F.A. in Illustration, Mike has illustrated over 30 books for children. He has worked with various clients including Bloomsbury Publishing, Candlewick Press, Henry Holt, Clarion Books, Disney-Hyperion Books, Holiday House, Scholastic Books, Penguin-Random House, Cricket Magazine Group, General Mills, 3M, Medtronic, and Peaceable Kingdom Press.
A native of Spicer, Minnesota, Mike currently lives with his family in Minneapolis.
Society of Illustrators Original Art Show – Jack’s House
National Jewish Book Award – Hanukkah Bear
Minnesota Book Award – MOO!
ALA Notable Book – MOO!
Star of the North Picture Book Award – MOO!
Once Upon A Reader Inaugural Selection – MOO!
Colorado Lib. for Early Literacy Bell Picture Book Award – MOO!
Iowa’s Bridge to Reading Award – This Is NOT a Cat!
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon – MOO!
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book – So Big!
Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award – Davey’s Blue-Eyed Frog
Bank St. College Best Book * Outstanding Merit – Dad’s First Day
Minnesota Book Award Finalist – This Is NOT a Cat!, Dad’s First Day,
and Little Puppy & the Big Green Monster
Nerdy Book Award – See the Cat
Junior Library Guild Selection – MOO!, See the Cat, Croc & Turtle, and So Big!
Parents magazine’s Best Children’s Books of 2020 – See the Cat
Cybils Award Finalist – See the Cat