· A musician who plays guitar, bass, keyboard and blues harmonica.
· A storyteller who regularly performs original poems and tales.
· A newspaper editorial cartoonist.
· A magazine and greeting card writer and cartoonist.
· A keynote speaker for major educational conferences.
· A marketing consultant/board member for several high technology companies.
· The host of his own television cartooning show.
Each year, Mike shares his books and his writing/drawing techniques with thousands of students at dozens of schools across the country. During that same year, Mike typically writes and illustrates 2 books, conducts 6 teacher workshops, addresses 10 educational conferences and visits 6 libraries or children’s museums.
Mike also conducts “author/illustrator in residence” programs at schools. Mike has personally guided more than 4,000 students through the process of writing and illustrating their own picture books. For this work, Mike was recognized by the Northshore (LA) chapter of the International Reading Association for “exemplary service in the promotion of literacy.”
Several of Mike’s books have been award-winners. Most recently, Mike’s astronomy book for children, Starry Skies, was named a 1998 Best Science Book For Children by Science Books and Films magazine, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Mike’s books have also been named “Pick of the Lists” by Publisher’s Weekly, “Top 100″ by Curriculum Administrator Magazine and “Teacher’s Choice” by Learning Magazine.
Mike is available for conference presentations, teacher workshops, school visits and Young Authors programs.