Hello & Welcome!
I’m Meeg Pincus. Kidlit nonfiction author. Humane educator. Book editor. Library lover. The happily book nerdy list goes on.
I have a lifelong passion for nonfiction books. Reading them, writing them, editing them. I’ve been writing & editing nonfiction in some form or another for over 20 years—and I still love it. (Learn more about my writing/editing background—and my much longer, full name—here.)
I’m also passionate about education & making our world a kinder, healthier place. This led me to the field of humane education: teaching people to be “solutionaries”—problem-solvers who help people, animals & the planet.
Nowadays I write “Solutionary Stories” for elementary-age children—nonfiction & informational books that inspire kids to make a difference.
I'm a former newspaper journalist & scholar-in-training (four years of graduate school in cultural studies/communication—focusing on race/class/gender—at UW-Madison & UC-San Diego). So I have a background in, and love for, research that means I dive deep & attempt to be incredibly accurate in every topic I write about.
And I'm grateful to have a diverse family (with a mix of religions, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, and abilities), so I've always incorporated diversity of many kinds into my writing. For me, part of being a solutionary is focusing first on compassion for all beings, and giving voice to those who are marginalized.
I'm active in SCBWI (San Diego chapter) and have participated in the Highlights Foundation Nonfiction Master Class, nonfiction workshops with the Writing Barn, 12x12, and more, to always keep improving my craft. I'm also the co-founder of 19PBbios, a promo group of 19 diverse picture book biographies releasing in 2019 from diverse creators.
And I have a great agent, Jenna Pocius of Red Fox Literary.
Along with being a writer/editor/humane educator, I'm also lots of other things, such as...
A hybrid-homeschooling mom of two kind, curious children. (Them being kind is what I'm most proud of—though curious is a close second. And hybrid homeschooling means they go to school part-time and learn at home part-time, thanks to an innovative program we're part of.)
An artist. (I spend my free time doing artsy things like creating clay figure sculptures, decoupaging journals, and singing in a 9-woman acoustic group.)
A book hoarder. (I have a bookshelf in every room of my house. I always have a stack of about six books I'm reading. And about ten on hold at the library.)
A plant-powered chef. (Well, not really chef—but I do feed my family all plant-powered foods. And I make a mean vegan brownie & choco-berry green smoothie! Can you tell I also like chocolate?)
A bird lady. (My daughter talked me into adopting parakeets and I fell in love. We also love to spot wild birds & hold exotic birds at a local sanctuary.)
A perennial student. (I love learning! I'm always taking writing classes. I completed two humane education training programs, and even a science-heavy Plant-Based Nutrition program through Cornell University—my artsy head was spinning but I enjoyed it!)
A Broadway musical buff. (My whole family can bust out lyrics from Hamilton, Wicked, Newsies or Into The Woods—just ask us. Really...ask us!)
A wife of an award-winning, math-rappin' teacher. (He travels the country training other teachers, he writes books, too, and he raps & teaches about the times tables here.)
A Southern Californian. (I love playing with my family at our local beach, and scanning the waves for dolphins and sea lions. I squeal every single time I spot one. Every. single. time.)
About the Solutionary Stories Blog
Solutionary: someone who helps solve problems of people, animals & the planet
Stories: true tales that inspire & inform
My blog is designed to be a resource for educators, librarians & parents/caretakers seeking “Solutionary Stories”: nonfiction books & resources that inspire kids to help people, animals & the planet.
My goal with this blog is to provide:
Recommendations of kidlit nonfiction books with solutionary themes
Videos, lesson ideas & other resources for teaching & understanding solutionary (humane education) topics
Interviews with kidlit nonfiction book creators & humane educators
Personal stories of my attempts at living & sharing a solutionary life
I will only share books that I like/recommend (in other words, I don’t post negative reviews—more like the ALA Booklist than the New York Times). If you have a book you’d like me to consider, please drop me a line here.