About Megan Dowd Lambert

Author photo by Rory Lambert-Wright, Asperitas Photography (2021)

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 Embrace Race: 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 2020 she partnered with Steps To Literacy to launch Whole Book Approach Storytime Sets for grades pre-k through 5, which include storytime plans she wrote for 75 curated titles. 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: Memories, Connections, and Family Reading, will publish in 2023.

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 will debut with Charlesbridge in 2022 with illustrations by Briana Dengoue.

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. She brings to her work in this new venture 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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My name is a relatively easy one for English speakers to pronounce, but I include this link here because it’s a great tool for learning how to pronounce many authors’ and illustrators’ names, and the site has lots of other resources, too.