Michael Sampson is an American children's writer best known for easy-to-read books that feature rhythmic and repetitive language. Sampson's first children's book, The Football That Won, was written solo in 1992 and illustrated by Ted Rand. Later, Sampson wrote 21 books with his best friend and mentor Bill Martin, Jr., including Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 and The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry. Sampson taught at Texas A&M University–Commerce for 25 years before moving to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. In August 2010 he was selected as dean of the School of Education at Southern Connecticut State University. In July 2012 he became dean of the College of Education at Northern Arizona University. In the summer of 2014, he moved to New York City to become dean of the School of Education at St. John's.
Ph.D., Reading Education, University of Arizona
M.Ed., Elementary Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce
B.S., Political Science, Texas A&M University-Commerce