All about



Teaching kids taught me.

Working in oil, watercolors, pen and ink, and collage, I create layered pieces from various materials on paper and digitally.

 With a B.A. in Multicultural Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst I taught for 15 years in a Kindergarten classroom. In addition to consulting with teachers on incorporating art into their classrooms, I offer workshops and classes to children, adults and other artists. 

My design and illustration clients include;  Penguin Randomhouse, Charlesbridge press,the Massachusetts Department of Parks and Recreation,  Interlink Publishing, Cricket Magazine, McGraw Hill, Hartcourt, Scholastic, Pearson-Scott Foresman and other educational presses.

 I have  illustrated  two books with Barefoot Books; Lola’s Fandango and The Wise Fool.

My book "Daniel Finds a Poem"  published by Penguin/Paulsen came out in Feb 2016. and I am currently working on a sequel coming out in 2018.

"Around the World in a Bathtub" by Wade Bradford with Charlesbridge press will be coming out July 2017


I live in Western Massachusetts in a house my husband and I built and raised our children in.


Reviews and Awards (click on book name for Kirkus review)

Daniel Finds a Poem

Lola's Fandango

The Wise Fool


More reviews for Daniel Finds A Poem

”In accessible yet colorful language, Archer reminds readers that poetry exists all around us. A vividly illustrated, inventively told opportunity for early readers to grasp the power of language to observe, entertain, and mystify.”—Kirkus Reviews
“In illustrator Archer’s first book as author, rich, multilayered collages illuminate a celebration of nature’s beauty.”—Publishers Weekly
“Archer’s atmospheric and evocative collage illustrations enhance the sense of peace and contentment shared by Daniel and his animal friends...Readers who revel in the everyday small miracles in nature will identify with Daniel and appreciate this lyrical story.”—School Library Journal
“The lush oil illustrations, which consist of collages made from tissue paper and patterned with handmade stamps, create a world saturated in color and texture, complementing the animals’ well-chosen words about beauty and poetry in the natural world. Readers will take many repeat visits to Daniel’s inviting park.”—Booklist
“The curious hero of this beautiful celebration of spring, “Daniel Finds a Poem,” could be a contemporary version of Peter, the boy in Ezra Jack Keats’s classic “The Snowy Day.” Just as Peter learned about the properties of snow in a wintry city landscape, Micha Archer’s wonder-full boy spends each page exploring an urban park, quizzing wildlife about the properties of poems...The textures of the animals and their habitats - illustrated with feeling and precision in collage and oils - have all the specificity and beauty of a poem.”—Boston Globe
“Stunning collage art full of rich color, glorious details and a sense of wonder.”—
“Archer’s evocative text and richly colored collages combine to create an awe-inspiring exploration of the wonders of his world.”—Reading Style blog
“If we’re using this book as a benchmark, I cannot wait for more!”—Hiding Spot blog
“A lush and striking book about poetry and its power in everyone’s life.”—Waking Brain Cells blog