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.
Books by Megan Maynor*
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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.
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
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.
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