Living Learning Libraries

Where kids want to read, learn, and be inspired!

Who We Are

Michelle Miller Howard
B.A, University of Alabama, summa cum laude


For over 20 years, Michelle has been a librarian, home-education consultant, author, columnist, and speaker, specializing in top-quality living books, educational vision, and history instruction.  It began in 1985, when she pioneered, funded, and acquired a library of such rare children's literature, which has been thriving ever since; her Children's Preservation Library (in Michigan) now houses over 20,000 valuable volumes, serving patrons in several counties.  A second library, Living Learning Libraries, is underway in Florida, with plans for additional libraries, and thousands more rare books already acquired. 


Michelle is considered a national leader/expert on living libraries and literature, and helps others around the nation found and operate such libraries as well, including requests to work with colleges, charter school systems, and non-profit foundations.  Currently, she is also consulting for the library at the Hillsdale Academy (the K-12 classical school affiliated with Hillsdale College), to further build their book collection with her top-flight expertise.  She has developed a massive database on specialized youth literature, which has been of service to many, and her first-hand knowledge of youth literature in all academic areas is unsurpassed. 


Michelle has also been asked to speak about education, literature, and history at many levels--both in person and via national radio--and is a regular contributing columnist to various national magazines and educational websites.  Editors have requested her insights through published articles on several topics over the years.  But, she also helps home-educating families find deep children-specific vision through local or long-distance consultation at: Living Books Lady.


Management of her own library for over two decades has led to her high-level expertise in library science, the Dewey Decimal system (significantly memorized), book acquisition and processing, as well as communications, service, operations, organization, teamwork, and fiscal responsibility.  Michelle wrote the multiple award-winning TruthQuest History curriculum, which steers families through American and world history with deep, engaging, spiritually-probing commentary, and which embeds her vast knowledge of topic-specific living book recommendations. 


Michelle was an outstanding student herself in both high school and college (including invitations to apply to West Point, MIT, etc.), graduating summa cum laude from the University of Alabama, with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Communications, and an extensive, A+, senior project in youth literature and library science.  Michelle home-educated all four of her children, one a Hillsdale College alumnus, admitted to their esteemed Honors Program.  She has been an active member of local churches and educational support groups over the years, has traveled to Europe and Russia several times, including overseas mission trips and international adoption, and now has seven cute grandsons.