Candlewick Press celebrates Childrens Book Week by connecting Judy Moody creator Megan McDonald to classrooms via live webcast

Connecting best-selling childrens author and Judy Moody creator Megan McDonald with classrooms across the country via free live webcast

February 6, 2017, Somerville, MA --  Leading independent childrens publisher Candlewick Press is excited to announce a national schools webcast that will bring wildly popular childrens author Megan McDonald into classrooms across the country during Children's Book Week this year. On Wednesday, May 3, at 1 p.m. eastern time, McDonald will virtually visit schools to discuss her best-selling books, including the Judy Moody and Stink series, and to inspire students to read, write, and express their own creative talents through storytelling.

Meeting a famous or beloved author or illustrator can ignite an enthusiasm for reading in even the most reluctant readers, but access to successful childrens authors for classroom visits and workshops can be a financial and scheduling challenge for many school districts. Candlewick and McDonald will be offering this opportunity to connect free of charge. Teachers and librarians can sign up via an online registration form and will only need a high-speed Internet connection to experience and participate in the presentation. Questions for the author will be solicited in advance of the event and live via Twitter that day. Candlewick will offer links to a comprehensive list of curriculum guides and STEM classroom resources that tie into the books for educators' lesson and activity planning.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer this kind of virtual author visit with Megan McDonald to thousands of elementary school students and fans this spring. Interacting with a real-life author, someone they see represented on their library shelves every day, can be hugely inspiring for young kids and feed their appetite and appreciation for great stories," said Kathleen Rourke, executive director of educational sales and marketing. "Megan, a former librarian herself and a recent spokesperson for National School Library Month, is an expert at creating humorous and engaging books for kids that really inject fun into reading."

To sign up for the webcast, please visit:   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfWgJkYLClts-N-W246jqcfBQ2eNSN7oFBjC3yTuLZ-3ydkag/viewform

About Megan McDonald

To date, McDonald has penned more than 90 books for children and young readers, including the critically acclaimed Judy Moody series,which was also adapted into a feature film. These hilarious books have won numerous awards, ranging from a Publishers Weekly Best Childrens Book of the Year and an International Reading Association Childrens Choice to the first-ever Beverly Cleary Childrens Choice Award. "Judy has taken on a life of her own," the author notes, with 32 million Judy Moody and Stink books in print worldwide. The feisty third-grader is highly popular with girls and boys, making for an enthusiastic base of fans that are among McDonalds strongest incentives to keep writing. They have inspired two spin-off series, one starring kid brother Stink Moody and a younger early chapter book series, Judy Moody & Friends, for newly independent readers.

About Candlewick Press

Candlewick Press is an independent publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For twenty-five years, Candlewick has published outstanding childrens books for readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and illustrators such as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature emerita Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Jon Klassen, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and 'Ology series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love You? , Wheres Waldo?, and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, together with Walker Books U.K. in London and Walker Books Australia. The Walker Books Group has a unique ownership structure that includes all of its employees worldwide. Visit Candlewick online at www.candlewick.com.

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