About Megan Dowd Lambert

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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 taught in some capacity for more than a decade. Her experiences as a white mother of seven children in a blended, multiracial, queer, adoptive family inform her work as a children’s book author, reviewer, and educator. Megan reviews and writes for Kirkus and The Horn Book, is a consultant with EmbraceRace: A Community about Race and Kids, and served as an inaugural member of the Curation Team of OurShelves.

Megan’s books include, 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. Her essay collection, Book Bonding: Building Connections Through Family Reading, will publish in April 2023, also with Charlesbridge.

In 2016 Megan won an 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 longlisted as a Must Read Picture Book/Early Reader title by the 17th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. Charlesbridge published A Kid of Their Own, a sequel to A Crow of His Own, in 2020, with illustrations by Jessica Lanan, which was longlisted as a Must Read Picture Book/Early Reader title by the 21st Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. Her new beginning reader series Every Day with April & Mae is about two girls who are best friends, and it debuted with Charlesbridge in 2022 with illustrations by Briana Dengoue. Its first title, April & Mae and the Tea Party was included on the New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2022 list.

In 2019 Megan and her husband, Sean St. Marie, became the new owners of Modern Memoirs, Inc., a private publishing company based in Amherst, MA. Megan serves as president of the business, which specializes in working with clients on memoirs and family history projects. She published her book Read It Again: 70 Whole Book Approach Plans to Help You Shake Up Storytime under her company’s White Poppy Press imprint in digital and print formats for teachers, librarians, parents, and anyone else who reads with children. Her work in progress, The Sentimental Archivist, is a collection of essays inspired by heirlooms and family history objects and will publish in 2024. Megan brings to her work at Modern Memoirs the conviction that everyone’s story is worth telling, and a belief in the transformative power of radical listening.

Find my resume linked here: MDLS 2020 resume

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