Member Profile

L.E. Carmichael

Photo: Brian Dust 2014

Lindsey Carmichael never outgrew that stage of childhood when nothing’s more fun than amazing your friends (and correcting your teachers!) with your stockpile of weird and wonderful facts.  Her sense of wonder came in handy during her career as a scientist, and in 2006, she received the Governor General’s Medal for her PhD thesis, Ecological Genetics of Northern Wolves and Arctic Foxes.  Lindsey finds talking about science more fun than doing it, however, and now writes for kids, teens, and occasionally adults (a sense of wonder is essential for this, too).

Lindsey publishes under the name L. E. Carmichael, and her work has appeared in Dig, Highlights for Children, and National Geographic Explorer (Extreme). Her 21 published science books cover everything from scoliosis to hybrid cars. Fox Talk was a Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Medalist, and Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild holds the 2014 Lane Anderson Award for exceptional children’s science writing. When not digging up obscure or wacky details for her next nonfiction project, Lindsey’s probably working on her young adult fantasy novel.

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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


Junior Library Guild Selection for How Can We Reduce Agricultural Pollution?, 2016
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
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Presentation Description

Decoding Domestication

Ever wonder where domestic animals came from? Why they look the way they look and act the way they do? Learn about a remarkable experiment that decoded domestication. Based on Lindsey’s awarding-winning book Fox Talk, this program includes video of experimentally domesticated foxes and answers the eternal question, “What does the fox say?”

Grades: 4-6

Curriculum Connections: Scientific Method, Grade 4 Habitat unit, Grade 6 Diversity of Life Unit

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides, speakers for audio

If a docile, kid-friendly dog is available, students can take part in a live communication experiment during the presentation!

For information on science presentations for K-3, and for junior high, visit my website.

Presentation Length:
1 hour to 2 days, depending on program selected
Children's and YA
Audience size:
up to 250
Workshop Description:

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 and screen for PowerPoint slides. Whiteboard, chalkboard, or flip chart.

For information on other creative and academic writing workshops I offer, please visit my website.

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