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Featured books by Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald is probably best known for her books about Judy Moody and Judy's little brother, Stink. But have you met the sisters with names that sound like boys'? How about the spunky girl who eats insects? And what shell would you choose — that is, if you were a hermit crab? Read about these and other terrific characters in books by Megan McDonald — a writer whose books are sure to engage readers who like everything from picture books to nonfiction to funny novels — all just right for sharing aloud.

Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs!

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: Jane Manning
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When her class celebrates "fun with food" week, Beetle (who yearns for adventure) declares she will eat an entirely new food group: insects. Lively language and zany illustrations combine to present an ultimately gutsy girl with altogether real qualms.

Daisy Jane, Best Ever Flower Girl

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: Claudine Gevry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Daisy Jane's favorite babysitter gets married, she asks Daisy Jane to be her flower girl, just like they had pretended when Allie babysat. After shopping and lots of practice, the special day comes with ultimately happy results.

Happy New Year, Julie: 1974 (American Girl)

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: Robert Hunt
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Julie has some big changes to get used to in the months following her parents' divorce — especially at Christmastime! Once the stressful holidays have passed, however, she looks forward to helping her best friend Ivy and her family as they prepare for the Chinese New Year. Whether it's washing the windows, shopping in Chinatown, or folding napkins into fans for a big celebration, Julie welcomes the chance to immerse herself in Ivy's traditions — and the possibility of a fresh new start for her family.

Hen Hears Gossip

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: Joung Un Kim
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A tale becomes tangled among the farm animals, so Hen sets out to get it straight with humorous results. Language repeats and is predictable with crisp, well-placed illustrations.

Is This a House for a Hermit Crab?

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: S. D. Schindler
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Attractive, highly realistic illustrations accompany engaging language as readers follow a hermit crab in search of a new home. Along the way, a variety of other sea creatures and their habitats are introduced in this warm and winning book.

It's Picture Day Today!

By: Megan McDonald, Katherine Tilletson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When feathers and buttons (and more) come together in school they just may make something quite special: an amazing, creative picture! Rhythmic language, playful collage and a host of inanimate but animated characters make a picture on a double foldout to conclude this inventive tale. It may just inspire additional handiwork by young artists!

Judy Moody Declares Independence

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: Peter Reynolds
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The family vacation to Boston not only reinforces all that Judy Moody knows about the American Revolution, it sets her off on her course of independence! Humor abounds in this adventure of the likeable 3rd grader and her family.

Judy Moody Goes to College

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: Peter Reynolds
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When Judy struggles with math, her parents find a tutor at the local college. In typical Judy fashion, she tries to transform her world — and her friends' world– with laugh out loud results for readers.

Saving the Liberty Bell

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: Marsha Carrington
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Eleven-year-old John tells his siblings how he and his father helped hide the Liberty Bell from the British while on a trip from their farm into the Philadelphia. Light-toned illustrations complement this well-told tale. Fact is separated from fiction at book’s end.

Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout

By: Megan McDonald
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Stink is still afraid to put his head underwater so fears he'll remain a "polliwog". When frogs start to appear everywhere, however, Stink learns about them, what's really going on, and learns to swim! The latest installment about Judy Moody's little brother is sure to please.

Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: Peter Reynolds
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Judy Moody's little brother, Stink, helps find homes for rescued guinea pigs. Along the way Stink and his friends learn about caring for the critters as well as a bit about responsibility — with loads of laughs for readers along the way.

Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: Peter Reynolds
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Stink gets a huge batch of jawbreakers when he writes a letter of complaint and so is inspired to write other companies. While he receives other things for his letter writing, Judy Moody's little brother comes to realize that there are really more important things in his life.

Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown

By: Megan McDonald
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Only one 'unsatisfactory' tarnishes Stink's report card: physical education. Smaller children will empathize with Judy Moody's little brother as he tries to find a sport that he likes and can excel in — which just might be thumb-wrestling! The series continues with verve and good humor.

Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kid

By: Megan McDonald
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Stink's real name is James, just like President James Madison. And like Madison, Stink is short — a notion constantly reinforced by his older sister Judy. Stink, however, learns how to cope with it while along the way learning about U.S. presidents.

Stink-O-Pedia: Super Stink-y Stuff from A to Zzzz

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: Peter Reynolds
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Stink, Judy Moody's bright but short little brother presents his version of an encyclopedia. It begins with the Anatomy of Stink and continues through to Z (Zero, ZZZs, until Zee End!). Fun, fact-filled and fully sourced, just right for Stink fans.

Stink: Solar System Superhero

By: Megan McDonald
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

"Honk if you love Pluto!" The latest adventures of Stink, Judy Moody's rambunctious little brother, will make young listeners laugh out loud.

The Sisters' Club

By: Megan McDonald
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Three sisters — Joey, Stevie, and Alex (ages 8, 10, and 12) — each contribute to the telling through journal entries and their own narration to reveal a talented, energetic family. Journal entries in child-like writing vary the format and introduce a bubbly dimension.

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