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L.E. Carmichael

Photo: Jenna Faye 2019

At some point, every kid starts asking “Why?”. Lindsey Carmichael never stopped. As a PhD candidate, she uncovered new reasons why arctic foxes are the coolest; as a forensic scientist, she found out why bears sometimes get away with murder. As a writer, she follows her sense of wonder to the “whys” of subjects as diverse as nature, the environment, medicine, and technology.

The award-winning author of more than 20 STEM books for children and young adults, Lindsey writes to spark her readers’ curiosity and ignite their imaginations. Packed with “oh wow!” and “I never knew that!”, her books reveal the process of discovery and the stories behind the science. A popular speaker, Lindsey’s school visits encourage inquiry and kindle a love of life-long learning.

Publishing under the name L. E. Carmichael, Lindsey loves beaches, platypuses, and all things fantasy. She’s fascinated by the moment when facts reveal truth.

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The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome. Kids Can Press, 2020
Forensics in the Real World. ABDO, 2016
Innovations in Health. Crabtree, 2016
Innovations in Entertainment. Crabtree, 2016
Discover Forensic Science. Lerner, 2016
The Science Behind Gymnastics. Capstone, 2016
How Can We Reduce Agricultural Pollution?. Lerner, 2016
Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild. Alopex Editions, 2015
Fox Talk: How Some Very Special Animals Helped Scientists Understand Communication. Alopex Editions, 2015
How Do Video Games Work?. Lerner, 2015
What Are Programs and Apps?. Lerner, 2015
Forensic Science: In Pursuit of Justice. ABDO Publishing, 2015
Amazing Feats of Civil Engineering. ABDO Publishing, 2014
Living With Obesity. ABDO Publishing, 2014
Living With Scoliosis. ABDO Publishing, 2014
Gene Therapy. ABDO Publishing, 2013
Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. ABDO Publishing, 2013
The Scientific Method in the Real World. ABDO Publishing, 2013
Humpback Whale Migration. The Child's World, 2012
Locust Migration. The Child's World, 2012
Wildebeest Migration. The Child's World, 2012
Zebra Migration. The Child's World, 2012


Gelett Burgess Honor for Fox Talk, 2015
Lane Anderson Award for Fuzzy Forensics, 2014
INDIFAB Silver Medal for Fuzzy Forensics, 2014
Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal for Fox Talk, 2014
Yellow Cedar Honour (Forest of Reading) for The Boreal Forest, 2021
Red Cedar Nominee for The Boreal Forest, 2021/22
2021 Information Book Award (Shortlist) for The Boreal Forest, 2021
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

All of my science presentations are tailored to grade level. Here's one example:

Fur and Feathers and Frogs, Oh My! Amazing Animals of The Boreal Forest

Who calls the boreal forest home? Moose and loons and beavers are both iconic and familiar; tanukis and teals and star-nosed moles, not so much! After a brief introduction to the boreal forest, kids will be asked to brainstorm a list of boreal species. We’ll take a few moments to learn about some of the biome’s more unusual occupants, through a reading from The Boreal Forest that brings these species to vivid life. From the reading, kids will identify three common strategies for surviving boreal winters, with examples of animals that use each one. We’ll then discuss two extreme winter adaptations before ending with plenty of time for questions.

Grades: 4-6

Curriculum Connections: Habitat, Adaptations, Diversity of Life, Migration, Biomes

Requirements: Projector, screen, laptop for PowerPoint slides

For information on programs for other grade levels, please visit my website.

Presentation Length:
1 hour to 2 days, depending on program selected
Audience size:
varies with program selected
Workshop Description:

I offer several creative and academic writing workshops, for children and for adults. Here's one example:

Writing Down the Feels

Why do we forget some stories, while others stay with us for years? Be they nonfiction, fiction, or poetry, stories with staying power are the ones that make us feel. This workshop explores the connections between language and emotions, teaching writers how to manipulate their reader’s response. Students will harness the emotional resonance of vivid words and figures of speech, bringing their descriptions to life. Then, they’ll explore techniques for revealing a character’s emotions, from the inside and out.

In the two-day version, students will apply what they’ve learned in creating a new piece of writing. Readers will laugh, cry, and remember their words forever.

Grades: 7-12

Maximum group size: 30

Duration: Full-day or two-day workshop

Requirements: Projector, screen, and laptop for PowerPoint slides. Whiteboard, chalkboard, or flip chart.

For information on other available workshops, please visit my website.

Northern OAC WITS:
One session:
Two sessions:
Four sessions:
GST applicable