I'm so happy to share my books with you. I write nonfiction and informational books for children these days, though I spent more than 25 years writing nonfiction for adults in books, newspapers & magazines. I love writing about real people, animals & ideas—for me, truth is actually more exciting than fiction!
Miep and the Most Famous Diary
"A beautifully realized homage." - Kirkus, starred review
"A truly valuable resource." - School Library Journal, starred review
Miep and the Most Famous Diary (Sleeping Bear Press, 2019) is a picture book biography—written by me and illustrated by Jordi Solano—about Miep Gies, the woman who saved Anne Frank's diary. This touching story follows Miep's journey of rescuing, then facing her feelings about, the diary of the beloved girl whose family she helped hide away for two years—which became one of the most read books in the world.
I had the honor of meeting Miep Gies in person over 20 years ago, when I was a newspaper journalist covering her visit to the United States from her home in Amsterdam. Watching her talk to children about Anne Frank and what it means to be a compassionate human, I was so touched and inspired to share her story with generations to come.
Endorsed by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Teacher's Guide here.
"A fascinating and inspiring STEAM-driven tale." - Kirkus, starred review
Coming in March 2020 from Sleeping Bear Press, WINGED WONDERS: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery asks the question: who tracked the Great Monarch Butterfly Migration?
Through questions, and a sprinkle of mystery, this picture book introduces young readers to all the people from Canada to Mexico who figured out the details of the monarchs' miraculous yearly journey.
Once the mystery is solved, I ask a new question of readers: who will keep the monarchs alive? This leads to back matter with many ideas for kids to take part in helping these amazing creatures and the environment that sustains them.
Author/illustrator interview here.
More to come!
K-12 School/Library Market Books
Twenty years ago, I was a young, in-house associate editor at an educational publisher working with older freelance writers to produce books for the K-12 educational market. Today, I'm one of those freelance writers writing the books!
My first two educational publisher picture books—one on astronaut Mae Jemison and one on friendship—came out in 2019 from Rourke Educational Media. Several more are coming from Cherry Lake Publishing. I enjoy writing books for both educational and trade publishers. Having any of my books in schools and libraries, where kids can read them, is a dream come true for me.
Senna Helps The Sea Lions
I wrote & illustrated Senna Helps the Sea Lions (and You Can, Too!) as a fundraiser and a teaching tool in 2015. It was my first "Solutionary Story"—telling the true tale of my daughter Senna's mission to help the threatened California Sea Lions after we came across two starving baby sea lions on our local beach near San Diego.
This book provided an inspiring introduction to the idea of being "solutionaries" for kids in grades K-6. It included back matter offering ideas on how to help ocean animals as well as fun facts about sea lions. This book's profits all went to The Pacific Marine Mammal Center.
Books for Grown-Ups
For over 20 years, before turning my focus to writing for children, I wrote nonfiction for grown-ups in books, newspapers & magazines. I still publish some essays for grown-ups in books & magazines, and my essays are published in seven anthologies, including several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I've also been a co-author & editor on numerous nonfiction books. You can learn about these books and my writing & editing for grown-ups here.
When I write for grown-ups, I use my full married name: Megan Pincus Kajitani. But when I write for kids, I use my shorter nickname: Meeg Pincus. I like both my long name and my short name, but with my three-part full name, people usually mispronounce two out of three!