Meg McKinlay

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Meg McKinlay is a children's writer and poet living in Fremantle, Western Australia

She has published sixteen books for young people, ranging from picture books through to young adult novels, and a collection of poetry for adults. Her most recent publications are the picture books DUCK! and The Penguins Are Coming!.

A former academic, swimming teacher, Japanese interpreter and tour guide, Meg has accidentally lived her life in accordance with the song lyrics, "If you see a strange door to your left/then drop your things and run for it"*, which is how she found herself wrangling words for a living. Meg has no plans to drop writing, though; she is always cooking up more books, with both a new middle-grade novel and a picture book scheduled for
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Meg McKinlay Boo Radley and Scout. Because obviously.
Coming in a close second, Harriet the Spy and Ole Golly. Because see above.
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I think I remember very vividly what it felt like to be a child, so I have a good emotional connection to child…more
Hi Talha. Thanks for the question.
I think I remember very vividly what it felt like to be a child, so I have a good emotional connection to child readers. I do have to be careful with language and so on, though - that I pitch that at the right level while not being too simple either. I guess I try as much as possible to drop back into the skin of my childhood self and see with those eyes. It really helps to get out and talk to kids as well; that's one reason I love working with school groups because it sort of refreshes that sense of connection.

I do generally find it easier to do with younger kids, though; I don't think my teenage self has as much in common with today's teenagers and I would find it more difficult writing realist fiction for that age group.(less)
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The Sheep Have Landed!

Amidst all the brouhaha about Catch A Falling Star and Skylab and things that fall from the sky, something else has happened.

A new picture book has landed! Some sheep have landed – with heavy thuds on the floor of a little boy’s bedroom.

FinalcovermedresLet Me Sleep, Sheep hit shelves on 1 March, the same day Catch A Falling Star was published and just after DUCK! was named a Notable book in the Children’s Bo...

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Meg McKinlay wants to read 155 books in the 2019 Reading Challenge
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"Hello you! I hope your 2019 has been treating you kindly so far. What did you get up to? I spent most of January soaking up time with my wife and son and labrador. We paddled in the river, read books, watched more than a little netflix and had bbq..." Read more of this blog post »
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Meg McKinlay and 1 other person liked James Foley's blog post: Give your kids Gastro this October!
"Hello! I haven’t posted in a while, as things have been very busy at home – my wife and I now have a beautiful 5-month old baby. AND I’ve been working on a new book, which just went off to print today! GASTRONAUTS is the third graphic novel in the..." Read more of this blog post »
"I know I have been remiss on the blogging front, but I just have to re-blog this wonderful post from the clever and delightful Cristy Burne, about Hecta. Check it out here. In other news, last night I chaired a session on the Life of a Children’s ..." Read more of this blog post »
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More of Meg's books…
“Alive. That was the first thing.
A daughter. That was the second.
They knew this without being told, without searching the newborn's features for some telltale sign. If the child had been a boy, the Mothers would have emerged empty-handed. They would have filed quietly from the house, leaving the family to their disappointment.
A boy was simply another mouth to feed, another body to keep warm during the winter. A boy might wield an axe or trap a bird. He might mend a roof or skin a rabbit.
Such things were useful; there was no denying it. But a daughter? A daughter could do those too, and much more besides.”
Meg McKinlay, A Single Stone

“They watched as the bird disappeared, until the only sign it had been there at all was the quivering of branches, a handful of leaves falling quietly to the forest floor around them.
There was no need for either to say what they were thinking. They had done a wrong thing, a right thing.
They would tell no one ever.”
Meg McKinlay, A Single Stone

“I had always been the girl who focused quietly on the spine of a leaf while other kids ran around squealing.”
Meg McKinlay, Below

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