Buckley, Michael

Born: 1969

Ohio connection: Birth


Michael Buckley is the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series, The N.E.R.D.S series, Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show, and the Undertow trilogy. Before becoming a best-selling author of children’s books, Buckley worked as a stand-up comic, singer in a punk rock band, advertising copy writer, and television producer.

Buckley was born in 1969, in Akron, Ohio. He attended Ohio University where he worked on the school newspaper, hosted his own live television talk show and formed a comedy troupe. After graduating with honors he moved to New York City in 1996, where he interned at The Late Show with David Letterman. When his internship ended, Buckley worked in television production for MTV, VH1, and Nickelodeon. While working as a T.V. producer, he wrote his first book: The Fairy-Tale Detectives (2005). Thus began the first of three popular book series for children; to date, Buckley has published more than 17 books. In addition to his well-regarded book series, Buckley has written and developed television shows for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Discovery Channel.

Michael Buckley currently lives in New York with his wife and son.


2014 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award for Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show; 2011 Nene Award, Children’s Fiction and 2012 Sasquatch Award, Children/Young Adult for NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society.