Authors in Chelsea is an annual program bringing nationally-known children’s authors and illustrators into our community. After giving workshops and presentations at Chelsea schools to inspire students in their reading and writing endeavors, the authors present at a public event for the whole community, concluding with book signings. The whole family is invited to celebrate “the power of writing!”

Save the date for the 9th annual Authors in Chelsea: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 6:30-8:00pm

Meet the 2018 lineup!

Every year, Authors in Chelsea endeavors to bring in authors that are engaging for both children and educators alike. Our goal is to encourage children to explore the art and craft of writing in order to better read and appreciate literature and explore the “power of writing.” Through close personal contact with award-winning authors, students work to improve their creative writing and reading skills and be inspired to excellence.

Helen Frost & Rick Lieder

Together, painter and photographer Rick Lieder and author Helen Frost have created a series of picture books that read– and look– like poetry. Step Gently OutWake Up, Among a Thousand Fireflies, and Sweep Up the Sun invite readers to explore the natural world. Separately, Rick’s art has appeared on numerous award-winning novels, and his firefly film-making was featured in the 2016 PBS NOVA program Creatures of Light, produced by National Geographic Television, while Helen is the author of several books for older readers, including Diamond Willow and Keesha’s House, selected an Honor Book for the Michael L. Printz Award. Explore their works on Rick’s website, or view teaching ideas from Helen here.

Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley is the author of the New York Times best-selling series The Sisters Grimm and several other works for middle grade and young adult readers. Sister Grimm takes traditional fairy tale stories and characters and twists them into modern adventures, and it’s been featured on various “best-of” lists from the New York Public Library, Washington Post, USA Today, and many other organizations. Along the way to becoming an author, Michael interned for the David Letterman Show and developed and wrote shows for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Discovery Channel. Learn more about Michael’s work on his website.

Shelley Pearsall

Shelley Pearsall is the author of six inspiring and thought-provoking novels for middle grade and teen readers. Prior to becoming a full-time author, Shelley was a public school teacher, as well as working in the education departments of several parks and history museums where she created museum theater programs. Shelley’s first book, Trouble Don’t Last, was published in 2002 and received the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. All of the Above and The Seventh Most Important Thing are ALA Notable Books. All six of Shelley’s books have appeared on numerous state reading award lists. Visit Shelley’s website to view teacher guides for all of her novels.

2018 Events

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Authors in Chelsea – Meet the Authors Tonight

The whole community is invited to meet our 2018 Authors in Chelsea, hear them speak, and get books signed! Books will be available to purchase courtesy of Just Imagine.

6:30–8:00pm | All ages | Washington Street Education Center | Board Rm. | 512 Washington Street, Chelsea MI

March 13-14, 2018

In the Classroom

During the day on March 13-14, Chelsea students in grades 1-6 will attend presentations and workshops with the authors

Click on each author’s name to visit their websites for teacher resources and more information.

North Creek ElementaryHelen Frost & Rick Lieder
South Meadows ElementaryMichael Buckley
Beach Middle School — Shelley Pearsall

Learn about the History of Authors in Chelsea

Every year, Authors in Chelsea endeavors to bring in authors that are engaging for both children and educators alike. Over the years, a wide variety of writers have been invited to Chelsea, including award-winning authors Jennifer Holm, Kenneth Oppel, Gary Schmidt, Nancy Shaw, and many others! Click here to discover more about past Authors in Chelsea.

Learn more about the history of Authors in Chelsea by clicking through this presentation from 2015:

Download the Presentation

Special Thanks to the following organizations for their support of this program.