RIF Reading Planet
RIF Reading Planet Home
Welcome
Login | Join the Club
RIF Home
Activity LabGame Station Book ZoneExpress Yourself
Send to a Friend
Send to a Friend
Meet the Authors and Illustrators
MeganMcDonald_main

Book List

Review the books below!

MM-Judy Moody
Judy Moody

MM-Stink
Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid


New! Download printable Judy Moody sheets!

Megan McDonald - Author

Megan McDonald is the author of the popular Judy Moody books about a happy/sad/grouchy third-graderThis spring, look for a spin-off book about Stink, Judy's pesky little brother. Megan is no stranger to sibling stories, having grown up as the youngest of five sisters. Now Megan lives in California with her husband and pets that include dogs, turkeys, and adopted horses. 

Plus, check out Judy Moody activity sheets below the book reviews. They're free, fun, and printable!

Interview

RIF: Did you get along with your four sisters growing up?

Megan McDonald: Yes!  People often think we didn’t since we played a lot of funny jokes on each other, but it was all in fun.  Really, we were the best of friends.  And still are.

RIF: Did you ever want a brother?

MD: NO!  I was the last born of five girls, and my sisters told Mom and Dad if it was a boy not to bring him home!  (They were kidding, of course!)  When I was born, the doctor yelled “It’s a boy!” for a joke.  Of course, having a brother would have come in handy.  Like the time I broke a limb on the tree out back.  It sure would have been nice to have somebody to blame it on!

RIF: Did you like being the youngest kid in your family? Did you ever wish you could be the oldest?

MD: I liked being the youngest.  Except for when I wasn’t allowed to do something my big sisters got to do, like go on a trip to Florida. Then I did wish I was the oldest. But writing the Judy Moody books takes care of that, now.  I get to be very bossy!

RIF: Did you ever want to be a doctor like Judy?

MD: Not a doctor, but I did want to be a scientist.  I loved to collect things and study them under my microscope.  Like bugs.  And scabs!  No lie!

RIF: Do you have any collections? How about a mood ring?

MD: I’ve always been a collector since I was a kid.  I collect buttons, things with dragonflies on them, sock monkeys, odd, funny, or unusual names, beach glass, old bottles and most of all, BOOKS!  My mood ring collection has expanded to all sorts of “moody” items, including mood nail polish!

RIF: HOw do you work with the Judy Moody illustrator, Peter H. Reynolds?

MD: Peter and I work primarily through our editor.  I do get to see preliminary sketches for the books, and give feedback to my editor.  Sometimes we really do get to put our heads together.  We were able to offer a lot of our ideas for the Judy Moody doll, and we collaborated on the comics in Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid.  I drew A LOT of speech bubbles and stick figures, and Peter tried to figure out what they were!

RIF: What made you want to give Stink his own book series?

MD: I have a special feeling for Stink because we’re BOTH the youngest. But what really planted the seed was when I visited a classroom of kids in Vancouver. All the boys spiked their hair and dressed up like Stink and they chanted, “Stink! Stink! Stink!” for their favorite character.

RIF: You've had other jobs, like being a park ranger, librarian, and storyteller. Have those jobs helped you be an author?

MD: YES! Everything I experience goes into being a writer.  I’ve written books about Jamestown and the Santa Fe Trail in connection with both of the National Historical Parks where I was a ranger.  And hopefully having been a librarian makes me a good storyteller.

RIF: As a kid, what was the first day of school like?

MD: First day of school was always exciting and full of anticipation.  But there is that Judy Moody feeling that it’ll never be the same as it was the year before.  Also, I always hated for summer to be over.  Still do!

RIF: Were you ever in any funny clubs, like the T.P. Club?

MD: I WAS in the real T.P. Club.  We were at the beach, and my sisters were collecting toads. They told me I had to hold one in my hand if I wanted to be in the club.  You know the rest!

RIF: What would you say to moody kids?

MD: Don’t worry!  We all have a little Judy Moody in us!

RIF: What advice do you have for kids who want to be writers?

MD: Read, read, READ!

Get in touch with Megan McDonald and have more Judy Moody fun at JudyMoody.com!

 

Learn more about each of these authors and illustrators:
 

 
  Author

Author

 
  Illustrator

Illustrator

 

 
- - -
 

  illustrator

Allen Say

 
  Author

Arthur Dorros

 
  Illustrator

Ashley Bryan

 
  Author

Barbara Park

 
  Illustrator

Beverly Cleary

 
  illustrator

Bryan Collier

 
  Author

Candace Fleming

 
 

Carmen Rubin

 
  illustrator

Chris Van Allsburg

 
  Author

Cornelia Funke

 
  Author

Dav Pilkey

 
  illustrator

David Kirk

 
  Author

Eoin Colfer

 
  Illustrator

Eric Carle

 
 

Fred Bowen

 
  Author

Gail Carson Levine

 
  Illustrator

Graeme Base

 
  illustrator

Henry Cole

 
  Author

Jack Prelutsky

 
  illustrator

Jerry Pinkney

 
  Author

Jerry Spinelli

 
  Author

Joseph Bruchac

 
  Author

Karen Cushman

 
  Author

Kate DiCamillo

 
  Author

Kathleen Karr

 
 

Laurie Halse Anderson

 
  Author

Lemony Snicket

 
  Author

Lemony Snicket - part 2

 
  illustrator

Lulu Delacre

 
  illustrator

Mark Teague

 
  Author

Mary Pope Osborne

 
  Author

Megan McDonald

 
  Author

Mem Fox

 
  Author

Michelle Y. Green

 
  illustrator

Mo Willems

 
  Author

Nikki Grimes

 
  illustrator

Nina Laden

 
  Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan

 
  Illustrator

Pat Cummings

 
 

R.A. Montgomery

 
  Author

R.L. Stine

 
  Author

R.L. Stine - Part II

 
  illustrator

Rosemary Wells

 
  Author

Sharon Creech

 
  Author

Stan Lee

 
  Illustrator

Tony DiTerlizzi

 
  Author

Wendelin Van Draanen

 
  Author

William Sleator

 
 


For Grown-Ups:

 
 

Top of Page

Reading Is Fundamental