Children's Book Author Mike Graf

Book Cover: Storm Book Cover: Going Underground Book Cover: Wolves Book Cover: Touch of the Tide Pool, Crack of the Glacier Book Cover: Glow Worms Book Cover: The Eye of the Grizzly Book Cover: How Does a Waterfall Become Electricity? Book Cover: Tale of the Scorpion Book Cover: Whirlwind

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     I am frequently adding updated information to this site, as events are scheduled or new books come out.  I hope you enjoy browsing the pages and getting to know a bit more about my books.

Picture:  Mike Graf at Yosemite Falls

To find out more information about me, my school talks, and books - you may want to check out the following links:

Radio Interview with Nancy Wiegman, NSPR
Nancy's Bookshelf - National Park Landscapes Feb. 2020

Nancy's Bookshelf - Science in National Parks July 2019

Author Spotlight: Mike Graf
Fulltime Families Blog Summer 2019

National Park Trails Hiking Blog posted at
Interview with Diane Chen at School Library Journal.
Book review by Diane Chen at School Library Journal.

Meet Local Author Mike Graf
Bay Views and More...March 2015

National Park Realistic Fiction Series
is a Hit with Roadschoolers

Radio Interview December 2014

Jackson Hole News & Guide
Author talks to students about writing, parks.

New Book Release, July 2021

Book Cover: My Awesome Field Guide to North American Birds

Get ready to watch and listen to the hidden world of birds! My Awesome Field Guide to North American Birds is a complete handbook for young birders. Kids will learn all about the birds that live around them--from Chimney Swifts to Horned Larks--and find step-by-step guidance on how to identify them. With clever bird-watching tips and tons of beautiful photos, they'll discover the habitats where different species thrive and start planning their own birding adventures.
Ages 8 - 12


Released October 2019

National Parks: Pop-Up and Build
Discover the beauty of America's unforgettable landscapes with this three-dimensional tour of its national parks.  Each of the 59 U.S. national parks is profiled in this illustrated visual guide, and five of the nation's most prominent parks- Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Everglades, and Badlands- are featured as large pop-up models that you will assemble using the included pieces.


 Adventures with the Parkers!
You can now follow the series on Facebook!
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You can even listen to excerpts from the series by following the links below.

Eye of the Grizzly - Yellowstone NP

Going to the Sun - Glacier NP

Secrets of the Sequoias - Sequoia NP

FalconGuides Poster of Adventure with the Parkers 12 Book Series

Series Review
Carolyn Gillette, Librarian, Dubois Public Library, Dubois, WY

     "We are thrilled to have your National Parks books in our library.  They are part of who we are and why we live here. I have been in indoor and outdoor education for 25 years starting with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) and then in the public schools.  Currently I am the Dubois Children's Librarian. Your series is beautifully designed and engaging for all ages.  The combination of illustrations, photographs threaded together with a great story line  is perfect.  It may well encourage young writers to create travel logs of their own!  Can't wait to see the book on the Tetons!  Thank you for the great addition to our library!"

My Yosemite:
A Guide for Young Adventurers

Book Cover: My Yosemite

A complete guide to Yosemite National Park for  young adventurers and their families.

Yosemite Conservancy     Ages 8 - 13

Silver Medal Winner
California Reading Association
Eureka! HonorAwards 2012
for Excellence in Nonfiction

1st Place Honorable Mention
Children's Media Category

Association of Partners for Public Lands
Media & Partnership Awards 2013

National Parks: Top 10 Kids' Books
The Children's Book Review
Erik Schulze: May 2015
Full Article:

Weather Watch

    In addition to writing and presenting at schools,
I have been a weathercaster at several television stations off/on for 30 years.
Here are some past weather broadcasts:

Click a link below to watch!

August 2018 KHSL   October 2017 KRCR

 September 2017 KRCR   December 2016 KRCR

       July 2016 KRCR     December 2015 KRCR

August 2015 KRCR        June 2015 KRCR

February 2015 KRCR      December 2014 KRCR

October 2014 KRCR      August 2014 KRCR

January 2014 KRCR      December 2013 KRCR

October 2013 KHSL      August 2013 KHSL

July 2013 KHSL      June 2013 KHSL

Weathercast August 2014     Weathercast KRCR/TV December 2013

Author Visits

     Are you interested in having an author visit your school? My author visits offer a variety of small and  large group programs including:  writing workshops, weather, GATE instruction, national park stories, and literacy nights, among other topics.

     "If you are interested in inviting an author to your school, you should invite Mike Graf!  Lincoln Elementary School in Yuba City, CA has been hosting an Author Day for nearly two decades and the response to Mike Graf's visit was by far the most enthusiastic, well-received, and positive feedback we have had in all that time.  Mike captivated our students and staff during his presentations with his own amazing experiences and how he incorporates those into his books.  After the assemblies with Mike, I kid you not, our students were begging us to write." - Nancy Teague, Third Grade Teacher, Lincoln Elementary, Yuba City, CA

Click here to find out more!

Author Visit- Mariposa Elementary School, CA


Mike Graf with students Kansas City, MO

Class Presentation- Kansas City, MO

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Adventures with the Parkers


National Parks

Outdoor Adventure

Teacher Guides


Science Kits

Weather Station

Cloud Kit

Precipitation Lab

Science Writing Cards

Science in a Nutshell