Children’s Librarians & Children’s Authors: Megan McDonald

Storypockets looks at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s rich tradition of author-librarians. Our previous installments featured Sorche Nic Leodhas, Laura Cathon, Margaret Hodges, Elva S. Smith, and Elizabeth Sechrist. This week we focus on Megan McDonald.

Megan McDonald was a children’s librarian in the Children’s Department of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh from 1986 to 1990. Her first book, Is this a House for Hermit Crab, grew from a tale she created for her storytime audiences.

Pittsburgh history is a theme of several of Megan’s books, including The Bridge to Nowhere, and The Potato Man.

Megan’s books have won numerous awards, including Carolyn W. Field Award, 1993, for The Great Pumpkin Switch.
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