About Megan Dowd Lambert
Megan Dowd Lambert grew up in Vermont and earned her BA at Smith College, where she majored in African American Studies and Government. She earned her MA in Children’s Literature at Simmons University (formerly, Simmons College), where she is now a Senior Lecturer in Children’s Literature. She is the author of Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See (Charlesbridge 2015), which introduces the Whole Book Approach to storytime that she developed in association with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In 2009 she was named a Literacy Champion by Mass Literacy, and she has served on the 2009 Geisel, 2011 Caldecott, and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Committees.
Megan won a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for her first picture book, A Crow of His Own, illustrated by David Hyde Costello (Charlesbridge 2015). Her second picture book, Real Sisters Pretend, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell (Tilbury House) was published in 2016 and was named a Must Read Picture Book/Early Reader title by the 17th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. Charlesbridge will publish A Kid of Their Own, a sequel to A Crow of His Own, in 2020, with illustrations by Jessica Lanan. Her new beginning reader series about two girls who are best friends will debut with Charlesbridge in 2021 with the title April and Mae Are Friends. Megan reviews and writes for Kirkus and The Horn Book, is a consultant with Embrace Race: A Community about Race and Kids, and serves as a member of the Curation Team of OurShelves.
In 2019 Megan and her husband, Sean St. Marie, became the new owners of Modern Memoirs, Inc., a noncommercial publishing company based in Amherst, MA. Megan serves as President of the business, which specializes in working with clients on personal and family history projects, including a new offering called Grandbooks for Young Readers. The mother of seven children ages 2-22, Megan lives with her family in western Massachusetts.
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