Born in Beverly, MA, Amy MacDonald has written fifteen books for elementary and middle-school aged children. They include Little Beaver and the Echo, Rachel Fister’s Blister, and No More Nasty. Her books have won worldwide acclaim: translated into 27 languages, they’ve topped the “Best Children’s Book” lists in three countries (including Horn Book, Parents Magazine, and the London Independent), been listed on a dozen state Children’s Choice Award lists, and won or been short-listed for many major awards (Parents Choice Award, the Silver Stylus, Kate Greenaway, the Children’s Book Award, Oppenheim Platinum Award). Little Beaver and the Echo was also chosen one of the Ten Best Children’s Books of the Year by the New York Times.
She has also worked as an editor and a freelance writer, in the U.S., France and England. Her non-fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Times (London), and many magazines.
Her documentary film, “On This Island,” about the role of arts in Maine’s smallest, island school, earned a New England Emmy nomination and was screened on national television (PBS’s Independent Lens series).
Amy has taught creative writing and non-fiction to all ages, from kindergarten to students at University of Maine at Farmington, the Stonecoast Writers Conference, and Harvard University. She has given school presentations and writing workshops in thirty states, as well as in Europe and Africa. As a Teaching Artist for the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’ national Partners in Education program, she has been conducting professional development writing workshops for K-12 teachers across the country since 1998.
Her other books include A Very Young Housewife, Rachel Fister’s Blister, Cousin Ruth’s Tooth, No More Nice, No More Nasty, Please Malese!, The Spider Who Created the World, and Quentin Fenton Herter III.
She has taught writing at Harvard University, the Stonecoast Writers Conference, and the University of Maine. She has conducted workshops in hundreds of schools from Maine to California (and abroad). After developing teacher training workshops for the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C, she was invited to join their national Partners in Education roster as one of 30 Kennedy Center teaching artists who teach an arts-integrated approach to the curriculum.