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Megan Maynor
Minnesota, United States

Megan Maynor is a local author of children’s books. She writes picture books with the goal of something both kids and grown-ups will want to share. As a former advertising copywriter, Megan’s worked for eight years to publish her first Ella and Penguin book. Ella and Penguin Stick Together was published in January of 2016 and was followed a year later by Ella and Penguin, A Perfect Match. She has since authored several more children’s picture books. Since then she has continued to add delightful picture books.

Megan lives in Edina with her husband and three kids and is a regular visitor to the Galleria Barnes & Noble. So regular that we’re told the staff knows and loves her and has cheered her along through her journey to becoming a published author of children’s books.

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Ella and Penguin: A Perfect Match – Illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet

Ella and Penguin Stick Together – Illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet

Ella and Penguin books explore friendship and growing up – whether it is getting past a fear of the dark or learning that friends don’t have to be alike to like each other. Reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbes, you are never really sure whether Penguin is a stuffy or a friend and kids can make up their own minds on that point.  Fun extras with this set of books would be making stick puppets like Gianna’s family made, playing dress up, and getting your own set of glow-in-the-dark stickers.

Introducing Megan  Maynor, Author of ‘Ella and Penguin Stick Together’
Read Aloud Wednesday ‘Ella and Penguin Stick Together’ Inspired Book Suggestions
BookHounds #1 ‘Ella and Penguin Stick Together

Popsicle Puppets of Ella and Penguin - characters in books by Megan Maynor
Gianna Shares Instructions in “Crafts in the Cold”

Crafts in the Cold: Two Activities to do at Home When You Don’t Want to Leave Your House

The Sandcastle That Lola Built, illustrated by Kate Berube

Pair this summery book with a Sandcastle Summer to Remember Adventure

Helga Makes a Name for Herself, illustrated by Eda Kaban

We loved this book. My 6-year-old daughter loved it so much that, after running out of renewals on our library copy, I had to sneak it out of the house. I am definitely adding it to our to-buy list.  What I loved the most about this book is that is that it is a book with a girl protagonist, but it is not about being a girl. While everyone questions Helga’s ability to be a warrior, no one ever says she can’t because she is a girl. This makes it a book that boys can like, too. My 9-year-old son enjoyed this book and found the information in back about Vikings very interesting.

A House for Every Bird, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

Henry at Home, illustrated by Alea Marley

WCCO's Jason DeRusha, Author Megan Maynor (with her book Ella and Penguin Stick Together) and Gianna Kordatzky of Family Fun Twin Cities show their Ella and Penguin puppets
In Studio with the WCCO Morning Team & Megan Maynor
Poor Jason! He got a little reprimanded for his puppet!

Ella and Penguin Halloween Costume

A few years ago, we thought it would be fun to design Halloween costumes based on some of our favorite picture books.  This is the costume we put together for Ella and Penguin. I love making the candy bag something that incorporates into the costume. In this case a penguin bag is perfect, but if you have two children, one could go as Penguin and one as Ella.

Halloween Storytime Costume - Ella & Penguin by Megan Maynor
Make a DIY Ella & Penguin Halloween Costume*

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Megan Maynor Visits BookHounds

Megan was Gianna’s first BookHounds guest. Get to know her as they chat at Addendum Books.

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