Megan McDonald

Megan Jo McDonald is an American children's literature author. Her most popular works is the series of books which concern a third grade girl named Judy Moody (written for grades 2–4). McDonald has also written many picture books for younger children and continues to write. Her most recent work was the Julie Albright series of books for American Girl.

Megan McDonald
BornPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, librarian
EducationOberlin College;
University of Pittsburgh
GenreChildren's literature
Notable worksJudy Moody series
Stink series
SpouseRichard Haynes

Life and career

McDonald was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to John and Mary Louise McDonald. She is the youngest of five girls, which served as the inspiration for The Sister's Club. She was awarded a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1981, and an M.L.S. from University of Pittsburgh in 1985.

Megan McDonald began her career as a children's librarian, working at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Minneapolis Public Library, and Adams Memorial Library in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Her first book, Is This a House for Hermit Crab?, came as a result of patrons asking her where to find a story she had told to children at a library.[1]

McDonald is married to Richard Haynes and lives in Sebastopol, California.

Published works

Judy Moody and Stink

The Judy Moody series follows the humorous adventures of a third-grader, Judy Moody. A spin-off series follows her younger brother, nicknamed Stink. All of McDonald's books in the Judy Moody series and the Stink series are illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.

Character list:

  1. Judy Moody
  2. Stink Moody
  3. Rocky Zang
  4. Frank Pearl
  5. Jessica Finch
  6. Aunt Opal
  7. Mouse
  8. Amy Namey
  9. Mr. Todd
  10. Jaws
  11. Toady
  12. Chloe
  13. Tori

Judy Moody books:

  1. Judy Moody (Candlewick Press, 2000)
  2. Judy Moody Gets Famous! (Candlewick Press, 2001)
  3. Judy Moody Saves the World! (Candlewick Press, 2002)
  4. Judy Moody Predicts the Future (Candlewick Press, 2003)
  5. Judy Moody, M.D. The Doctor Is In (Published in the UK as Doctor Judy Moody) (Candlewick Press, 2004)
  6. Judy Moody Declares Independence (Candlewick Press, 2005)
  7. Judy Moody: Around the World in 8½ Days (Candlewick Press, 2006)
  8. Judy Moody Goes to College (Candlewick Press, 2008)
  9. Judy Moody: Girl Detective (Candlewick Press, 2010)
  10. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (Candlewick Press, 2011)
  11. Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm (Candlewick Press, 2012)
  12. Judy Moody: Mood Martian (Candlewick Press, 2014)
  13. Judy Moody and the Bucket List (Candlewick Press, 2016)
  14. Judy Moody and the Royal Tea Party (Candlewick Press, 2017)
  15. Judy Moody Book Quiz Whiz (Candlewick Press, 2018)

Judy Moody and Stink books:

  1. Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday (Candlewick Press, 2008)
  2. Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt (Candlewick Press, 2009)
  3. Judy Moody & Stink: The Big Bad Blackout (Candlewick Press, 2014)
  4. Judy Moody & Stink: The Wishbone Wish (Candlewick Press, 2015)

Stink books:

  1. "Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid" (Candlewick Press, 2005)
  2. "Stink: and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker" (Candlewick Press, 2006)
  3. "Stink: and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers" (Candlewick Press, 2007)
  4. "Stink: and the Great Guinea Pig Express" (Candlewick Press, 2008)
  5. "Stink: Solar System Superhero" (Candlewick Press, 2009)
  6. "Stink: and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown" (Candlewick Press, 2011)
  7. "Stink: and the Midnight Zombie Walk" (Candlewick Press, 2012)
  8. "Stink: and the Freaky Frog Freakout" (Candlewick Press, 2013)
  9. "Stink: and the Shark Sleepover" (Candlewick Press, 2014)
  10. "Stink Moody in Master of Disaster" (Candlewick Press, 2015)



  • The Bridge to Nowhere (Orchard, 1993)
  • Shadows in the Glasshouse (Pleasant Company, 2000)
  • The Sisters Club (American Girl, 2003)
  • All the Stars in the Sky: The Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florid Mack Ryder (Dear America series, Scholastic, 2003)

The Sisters Club Series

  • The Sisters Club (2008)
  • The Rule of Three (2010)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Boys (2011)

American Girl titles

  • Meet Julie
  • Julie Tells Her Story
  • Happy New Year, Julie!
  • Julie and the Eagles
  • Julie's Journey
  • Changes for Julie
  • A Brighter Tomorrow: My Journey with Julie
  • Pen Pals (American Girl Magazine)
  • The Gnome Diaries


Megan McDonald's book, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, was adapted to a movie with the same name released in 2011, directed by John Schultz, with Jordana Beatty in the role of Judy Moody.[2] McDonald co-wrote the screenplay with Kathy Waugh.[3]


  • 1991: Children's Choice Book, International Reading Association/Children's Book Council (CBC), for Is This a House for Hermit Crab?
  • 1991: Reading Rainbow book selection, Is This a House for Hermit Crab?
  • 1993: Judy Blume Contemporary Fiction Award, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, for The Bridge to Nowhere
  • 1993: Carolyn W. Field Award, Pennsylvania Library Association, for The Great Pumpkin Switch
  • 2003: Garden State Children's Book Award for Younger Fiction, for Judy Moody
  • 2014 California Book Awards Juvenile Finalist for "Shoe Dog" [4]


  1. Kokopeli, Eva (2006-04-20). "Children's author graduates from storytelling to book franchise". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  2. Webster, Andy (2011-06-09). "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  3. Loewenstein, Lael (2011-06-03). "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer". Variety. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  4. "84th Annual California Book Awards Winners".
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