Other Writing

Other Writing


Pre-K through Grade 5 Whole Book Approach Storytime Guides from Steps To Literacy

In March 2020 I launched seven Whole Book Approach Storytime Sets with educational distributor Steps to Literacy. Each Set for grades Pre-K – 5 includes a sturdy bin filled with ten picture books I selected and a copy of my book, Reading Picture Books With Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See, as well as:

  • Whole Book Approach Storytime Guide that I wrote for each grade level, with customized storytime discussion plans, extension activities and resources for all 10 curated books, and. . .
  • “A Message from Megan” introducing the Whole Book Approach and offering additional Critical Literacy resources
See a Sample Guide here!

Individual Whole Book Approach Guides and Bundles are Available as of August 2020

Follow this link to find out how to order individual Whole Book Approach Guides or bundled Guides for early childhood or upper elementary grades.

Book Chapters

Containing forty-eight chapters, The Routledge Companion to Picturebooks is the ultimate guide to picture books. It contains a detailed introduction, surveying the history and development of the field and emphasizing the international and cultural diversity of picture books. Divided into five key parts, this volume covers:

  • Concepts and topics – from hybridity and ideology to metafiction and emotions;
  • Genres – from baby books through to picturebooks for adults;
  • Interfaces – the relations to other forms such as comics and visual media;
  • Domains and theoretical approaches, including developmental psychology and cognitive studies;
  • Adaptations.

With groundbreaking contributions from leading and emerging scholars alike, this comprehensive volume is one of the first to focus solely on picturebook research. Its interdisciplinary approach makes it key for both scholars and students of literature, as well as education and media

“Picturebook Layout” is the chapter I contributed the Routledge Companion to Picturebooks, edited by Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, and now available for purchase.




A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature A Family of Readers(Candlewick 2011), edited by Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano of the Horn Book. This definitive resource for parents interested in enriching the reading lives of their children includes my essay “Reading about Families in My Family.”



Contributor to EmbraceRace 

“EmbraceRace is an emerging, multiracial, online community of parents, teachers, and other caring adults striving to engage race in a healthy, constructive and courageous way as we nurture the children in our care.”

I was a Staff Blogger with Embrace Race during their inaugural year, and I continue to support their good work however I can.



Reposted by The New York Observer (June 1, 2016)

Guest Reviewer and Contributor to the Horn Book

Follow these links for a chronology of the pieces I’ve written for the Horn Book, some of which appeared in print, while otherHorn Book Magazines were online content:

Reviewer and Guest Contributor at Kirkus Reviews kirkus_500x95

  • My essay “Teaching and Writing for Inclusive Excellence” was included in the special Diversity Issue, published on August 1, 2017, which introduced the Kirkus Collections initiative. My piece was the lead feature posted on Kirkus‘s site on October 10, 2017.
  • Reviews at Kirkus are unsigned, but I contribute about 100 reviews of picture books and early readers each year.

Selected Publications and Interviews with Other Journals, Newspapers, and Sites:


Charlesbridge Children’s Book Blog


“The Whole Book Approach Meets Critical Literacy” on the Diverse BookFinder blog. This piece is adapted

from an essay in my forthcoming collection Book Bonds: A Family’s Reading Life, and from a piece called “A Message from Megan,” which I wrote as part of my development of new Whole Book Approach Storytime Sets for grades Pre-K – 5 with educational distributor Steps to Literacy. The Sets are available for pre-order for the 2020-2021 school year. (posted July 13, 2020)




“Important Books for Inclusive Values” on the HarperStacks Blog’s #PrideOnEveryPage Campaign

Thanks to Katie Dutton, School & Library Marketing Associate at HarperStacks for inviting me to contribute this post inspired by my work on the OurShelves Curation Team. (posted June 20, 2020)


The Beginning of Your Life Book Club







Shelf Awareness




Multicultural Children’s Book Day Blog




Reading While White



Hilltown Families Supporting Education through Community Engagement in Western Massachusetts


Children & Libraries

The journal of the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)


The Public Humanist, an online blog journal of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.


The Children’s Literature Association Quarterly


The Daily Hampshire Gazette


The Five Owls


Riverbank Review

  • “Slow Down and Look: Educational Programming at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art” co-authored with Rosemary Agoglia in online Fall 2003 Riverbank Review.


CREArTA (Journal of the Centre for Research and Education in the Arts, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)


Bookbird Magazine