Pablo and Birdy

McGhee’s tender tale of the search for home, belonging, and identity smoothly incorporates elements of magical realism and powerful allusions to the refugee experience. Publisher’s Weekly, starred review. A quiet, memorable, fantastical tale beautifully complemented by Juan’s illustrations. Kirkus, starred review. Friends and future friends, please welcome Pablo and Birdy, my brand-new novel for children and anyone who … Continue reading Pablo and Birdy

Please send me your immigrant or refugee stories

Friends, my new novel for children, Pablo and Birdy, will be out in August. Publishers Weekly just gave it a starred review, calling it “a tender tale of the search for home, belonging, and identity (that) smoothly incorporates elements of magical realism and powerful allusions to the refugee experience.”  That reference to the refugee experience … Continue reading Please send me your immigrant or refugee stories

“Maybe a Fox”

My lovely friend Kathi Appelt and I wrote a novel together, Maybe a Fox, here on Indiebound and here on Amazon, which was published last week. It began as a lark (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase, so thank you for letting me do so here), sparked by our friendship and a poem we both loved, but … Continue reading “Maybe a Fox”

Add your name to the hat!

Greetings, friends, neighbors and farflung fellow citizens of this enormous world, I’m giving away three copies of my just-about-to-be-published picture book, “Making a Friend.” Yes, it’s that pretty blue snowman book right over there. Written by me, illustrated by the wondrous Marc Rosenthal. In order to have your name added to the hat, first click … Continue reading Add your name to the hat!

So Many Days

A while ago, years probably, the way things are blurring together, someone gave you an idea for a picture book. “Doorways,” was the idea, which was passed along to you in a three-degrees-of-separation kind of way. That’s the kind of idea you like. A better word for it would probably be “challenge.” One word, nothing … Continue reading So Many Days