Michael Hall


Michael Hall is the author/illustrator of The New York Times bestseller, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, as well as the critically acclaimed Perfect Square, It’s an Orange Aardvark, Red: A Crayon’s Story, and Frankencrayon.

Before becoming a children’s author, Michael was an award-winning graphic designer whose work — including graphic identities for the City of Saint Paul, Macalester College, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Hennepin County Medical Center — has been widely recognized for its simple and engaging approach.

Michael lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


My Heart Is Like a Zoo
2010 International Children’s Book Award
2011 Capitol Choices - Recommended
2011 Minnesota Book Award – Winner

Perfect Square
2011 Washington Post Best Picture Books
2012 Black-Eyed Susan Award - Nominee
2012 Capitol Choices - Recommended
2013 Texas 2x2 Reading List
2013 Georgia Children’s Book Award - Nominee
2013 North Carolina Children’s Book Award - Nominee
2013 Volunteer State Book Award - Nominee
2013 Monarch Award – Nominee

Orange Aardvark
2015 Minnesota Book Award - Finalist
2015 Star of the North Picture Book Award - Nominee
2015 Texas 2x2 Reading List
2017 California Young Reader Medal - Nominee

Red: A Crayon’s Story
2016 Irma Black Award - Finalist
2016 E. B. White Read-aloud Award - Finalist
2015 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award - Finalist
2016 Minnesota Book Award - Finalist
2015 Goodreads Choice Award
2015 Booklist Best Picture Books
2016 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
2016 Rainbow List
2016 Cybils Awards - Nominee
2016-17 Star of the North - Nominee

Interview Links

Follett Educational Resources - Q&A
Follett Educational Resources - Behind the Book
Mackin Educational Resources
Henry Herz Interview
Bookology Magazine

Guest Blog Posts

Green Willow Blog
How my office manager’s shoe left an imprint on Perfect Square

Green Willow Blog
How I created the art for Perfect Square