The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome

2021 Yellow Cedar Award Nominee!

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World’s Largest Land Biome

In this beautifully written book, award-winning author L. E. Carmichael explores this special wilderness on a tour of the forest throughout the four seasons, from one country to another. Evocative watercolour and collage artwork by award-winning illustrator Josée Bisaillon provides a rare glimpse of one of the world’s most magnificent places.

Word Herder.
 Fact Addict.
 Escaped Lab Monkey.

Publishing under the name L. E. Carmichael, Lindsey is the award-winning author of over 20 non-fiction books for children and young adults. Whether writing about forensics, medicine, animals and the environment, or engineering and technology, Lindsey specializes in making science engaging, relevant, and above all, fun. Teachers, librarians, and parents across North America use Lindsey’s books to spark excitement for STEM in students of all ages.

Lindsey has a PhD in wildlife genetics and worked as a forensic scientist before becoming a children’s writer. Drawing on 20 years’ experience teaching both science and writing, her school visits encourage participation and experiential learning. She is also a popular speaker at conferences, writing workshops, and professional development sessions for adults.

Read More  
L.E. (Lindsey) Carmichael Author

Explore Books
 by L.E. Carmichael

Early Reader

(Ages 6-9)
Locust Migration by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover
Wildebeest Migration by L.E. Carmichael
How Do Video Games Work? by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover
Humpback Whale Migration by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Middle Grades

(Ages 8-12)
cover of The Boreal Forest by L. E. Carmichael
Discover Forensic Science by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover
Innovations in Entertainment by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover
The Scientific Method in the Real World by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Young Adult

(Ages 12+)
Living with Obesity by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover
Hybrid and Electric Vehicles by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover
Gene Therapy by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover
Amazing Feats of Civil Engineering by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Appearances, Education, Mentorship

School Visits

Lindsey offers interactive science programs and writing workshops for students of all ages. Invite her to your school, library, or summer camp for an educational experience so fun, the kids won’t realize they’re learning!

For Adults

Need a keynote speaker, workshop leader, or panelist for an upcoming event? Book Lindsey for a session guaranteed to inspire teachers, librarians, adult writers, or avid readers. Available for courses, conferences, and professional development days.

Public Appearances

Lindsey has appeared at festivals ranging from Word on the Street, to Science Literacy Week, to Hal-Con. Check for upcoming events, or contact her to schedule a book signing or speaking engagement.

Life, the Universe, and Everything

Lane Anderson award winners, 2014

How to Stop Apologizing for Your Own Accomplishments

Two things you might not have known about me: We moved around a LOT when I was young, so I was the new kid right up until high school. I was a gifted kid who learned quickly and tested very, very ... Read More  

Cover of Recess in the Dark

Erin Mercer: When Reference Doesn’t Come Easily

Now and then illustrators get projects that aren’t straightforward, and not only challenge our technical skills but also our ability to research. I was thrilled when I signed my first illustration contract for a children’s poetry book titled “Recess ... Read More  

Empty streets of Pompeii

Pompeii: Ghosts, Curses, and Brains of Glass

Last fall, I was lucky enough to visit the ruins of Pompeii. October not withstanding, it was a hot, sunny day, even first thing in the morning when our tour group arrived. In the distance, the green slopes of ... Read More