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Two new series available!

I’m so proud to announce that two new easy reader series are now available: Silly Milly and the Moose the Dog. I had so much fun writing these characters and hope emerging readers will have just as much fun reading them!



The Little Book of Giving is Available

I’m so proud to announce the latest title in “The Little Book Of” series. There are so many ways to give this holiday season, so I hope The Little Book of Giving: Holiday Edition inspires all of your little ones to find meaningful ways to make a difference. Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!



Check Out My Newest Book!

I’m super excited to announce The Little Book of Presidential ElectionsThis book breaks it all down for young readers—the significance of electing a president, the meaning of democracy, and why it is so important to vote!



The Campaign is Out…Just in Time for Election Season!

Excited to announce the release of my new book!

When best friends Amanda Adams and Meghan Hart run against each other for president of their class, the gloves come off! As the rest of their classmates begin to choose sides, the girls realize that how they conduct their campaigns will have a lasting impact on the outcome of the election.

Hope you’ll all enjoy this read about middle school politics!



Camping is Easy and Fun . . . If You Know What to Do!

I’m so excited to announce the release of my new book, The Little Book of Camping. This is the first book in The Little Book Of series written with bestselling co-author Zack Bush. Please check out thelittlebookof.com for more information about other books in the series which introduces young readers to a wide range of ideas, activities, values, and emotions.





Happy 2020 Y’all!

Hope the year is off to a great start for everyone!

In the coming months, I’ll be visiting schools in Florida, New York, and my home state, Arkansas to speak to students and parents about reading and writing. For information about booking an author visit to your school, please click on the speaking tab at the top of the page.

And stay tuned for an exciting announcement about my new book coming out this September!



New York School Visits This Week

I’m so excited about the week ahead and the awesome NY schools I’ll be visiting!  I’ll be at Kensico Elementary on Thursday talking to third through fifth-graders., then at Virginia Road Elementary on Friday with Kindergarten through second-grade. Nothing is more fun than talking to readers about my books and the writing process. If your school is interested in a visit, just click on the ‘SPEAKING’ link at the top of the page for more information.



A Great Start to a New School Year!

September is always one of my favorite months. Students are back to school . . . and so am I!

This year, I’m excited to kick off the year with a visit to Nativity School in Hollywood, Florida. I’ll be there this week talking to the kindergarteners through fifth-graders about the Mallory book, reading, and the writing process. As an author, nothing is more gratifying than spending time with my readers. If your school is interested in a visit, just click on the ‘SPEAKING’ link at the top of the page for more information.




Arkansas Literary Festival

So excited to visit my home state and be part of the Arkansas Literary Festival at the end of April.  I’ll be spending all day Thursday, April 25 with students at the Museum of Discovery. And on Saturday, April 27, I’ll be speaking at the Main Library at 11:30 a.m. If you’re in the Little Rock area, hope you’ll join me then!

Click here for more information!




Hope to See You All on February 9!

So excited to be reading Love, Ruby Valentine at Books & Books on Saturday, February 9 for February Reading Circle. Hope you’ll come out and bring your kids for a morning of fun!

Where? Books & Books Suniland (11297 S Dixie Hwy)

When? Saturday, February 9 (11:00 am)



Happy New Year!

The holidays were extra special this year with the French version of Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas now available! Happy New Year and Bonne Année to all!



Happy Holidays!

Thanks to this nice Amazon fan who made my holidays even happier with this sweet review of Merry Christmas, Mary Christmas!

“This is a great holiday story with both humor and a nice message about giving to others. My children loved the word play with Mary’s name and had fun shouting Merry Christmas, Mary Christmas as we prepared our own home for the holidays. This is a great story to remind us all not to get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday and a gentle reminder to spend time with family and friends.”



What I’m Excited About…

One of the things I love most is helping other authors shape and mold their stories. Especially picture book authors!  If writing a picture book is on your bucket list, I hope you’ll check out the new Critiques page on my website and let me know if I can help! I’d love to help you take the next step towards publication.



This is What I’m Grateful For…

One of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving, is almost here. One of the things I’m grateful for: nice reviews! Love this one from an Amazon fan about Thanksgiving Rules!

“This book is amazing. We got it from the library and I realized I couldn’t build my children’s library without it. It has become one of their favorite books ever!! Well written and illustrated, it’s timeless.”



Get Ready for Halloween!

Good news! I’m proud to announce that I’m Not Afraid of This Haunted House is now available in Japanese. And just in time for Halloween!

About the book: Simon Lester Henry Strauss isn’t afraid of anything! Not witches. Or ghosts. Or ghouls. The creaky old haunted house doesn’t scare him. When his friends all run out in fear, Simon Lester bravely proclaims he’s not scared one bit. But in the end . . . everyone is scared of something. Even Simon Lester.



Mallory Website News

Readers asked and here it is…a brand new Mallory McDonald website with all kinds of fun activities and information about the Mallory books. Have fun and let me know what you think of it!

Check it out! https://www.mallorymcdonald.com/



Back to School Rules in Chinese!

With the new school year in full swing, I’m excited to announce that Back To School Rules is available in Chinese!

About the book: Now that school is back in session, Percy Isaac Gifford knows just what to do to make sure it’s the best school year ever. If you follow his ten simple rules, you’ll go straight to the top of the class (and have some fun along the way!)



New Website

I have so much good news to share! First and foremost, I have this great new website. Photos for the site were taken at one of my favorite local spots, Books & Books, in my hometown of Miami, Florida. I love spending time there any chance I get! It has been a fun, busy summer getting the site ready and I’m super excited it has finally launched.



Mallory in Italian!

There’s good news on the book front too. The Mallory books are now available in Italian. For those of you who speak or read Italian, here’s the book description:

Mallory cambia casa (Titolo originale: Mallory on the move) è il primo libro della serie che vede come protagonista una bambina di otto anni e mezzo costretta a cambiare città all’improvviso. Quando i genitori le comunicano la decisione del trasferimento, Mallory è disperata. Come farà senza Mary Ann, la sua migliore amica e dirimpettaia? Età di lettura: da 6 anni.



Mallory books now available at Costco

The Mallory books are now available at Costco. Whatever you go there for (Coffee, chocolate covered raisins, and blueberries are always on my list!) I hope you’ll check out the book table and pick up the Mallory books which are specially bound in sets of three.



Mallory Makes a Difference now available in paperback!

In other Mallory news, book #28 in the Mallory series, Mallory Makes a Difference, is now available in paperback! And just in time for the holiday season!

What the book is about:
For Thanksgiving, Mallory starts a food drive at her school. The plan is to make sure families in need get a tasty Thanksgiving meal. She even has an idea about how to get her whole school involved. But when things start to go wrong, Mallory has her hands full!

The inspiration for the book:
Mallory Makes a Difference was inspired by an amazing group of students I met who started a food drive at their school that has now become an annual tradition. They shared with me the difficulties they faced in keeping all of the cans they collected organized, as well as the joy they felt doing something nice for people in need. Hopefully Mallory Makes a Difference will inspire other students to know that one small action can make a big difference.