Interviews & News

MAY 29-31, 2019

See Maryann at BookExpo! The #1 Book and Author event in the industry!
Learn more and buy tickets from the official site.

Playdate was featured in The 2019 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books on Here We Read! The articled called Playdate, “A picture book with minimal text and maximum impact.”

Love & Stories Maryann was interviewed by Catholic Library World!

From the interview
“You know, another thing I was thinking about faith is that the word ‘enthusiasm’ means inspired or having God inside you. And I think when you are on the right track and you are inspired, then you have a divine mandate to write whether or not you feel it will capture the popular imagination.”

Read the full feature online, or download the pdf.


Learn more about Maryann and Odette’s Secrets at The Whole Megillah’s Author’s Notebook


Scholastic Reading CountsOdette’s Secrets and Pink Party are now in paperback and available at Scholastic Book Clubs and Fairs during 2014.


Sydney Taylor


Odette’s Secrets is a Sydney Taylor notable!


The Best Books of 2013So pleased to see this! Odette’s Secrets made the Kirkus Review’s Best Children’s Books of 2013.

Odette’s Secrets is also listed in the Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2013 by The Tablet


Barnes & NobleThe Christmas Cat was picked for the holiday table at Barnes & Noble nationwide! Look for it at your local.


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Children’s Reviews
‘Tis the Season Round-Up

All babies cry, even Jesus in the manger, according to this charming picture book. Each of the animals tries to quiet him, but only a kitten’s purr gets Jesus to sleep. When the Holy Family must leave Bethlehem, the feline comforts Jesus and helps them slip safely past Herod’s soldiers. Watercolor, gouache and pencil illustrations convey the rustic coziness of the stable as well as the emotional range of baby Jesus.


Past Events

heartFeb 12th, 2015
Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065

Make Valentines with Maryann as she visits Weill Cornell Hospital to read How to Hug!


Odette’s story is on it’s way to Texas students this fall!

images-2October 9th, 2014
Asa Low School, Dallas
Reagan Elementary, Dallas
November 20th, 2014
Bowie Elementary, San Marcos


May 21st, 2014
Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065

Join Maryann for reading and crafts at the Weill Cornell Medical Center!


ALA2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 24th, 2014

Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Maryann will be the International Board on Book’s speaker January 24 at the American Library Association meeting in Philadelphia. Her topic? Odette’s Secrets.


BookCourt Bookstore
The Christmas Cat reading!
December 7th, 2013 at 11am

163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Village Voice calls BookCourt at 163 Court Street in Brooklyn “the best bookstore in New York City.” Maryann will be reading THE CHRISTMAS CAT there and speaking on Saturday, December 7 at 11 AM. Bring the family!



SCBWI “Inside Story” Author Event
November 2nd & 3rd, 2013

Bankstreet Bookstore
610 W 112th St, New York, NY 10025


New Moon GirlsNew Moon Girls Magazine Book Chat
August 27th, 2013, 8PM Eastern

Come to Luna’s Chatterbox at NewMoon.com


Warwick Children’s Book Festival
September 28th, 2013

Park Avenue Elementary School
10 Park Avenue, Warwick, NY



Amazon best sellerAmazon Bestseller
July/August, 2013

Odette’s Secrets read #3 the Amazon children’s/teen bestseller list! Thanks to all of you sharers and tweeters and reviewers for making this happen!


New York Public LibraryDream Big Imagination Academy
June 17-21st, 2013

328 East 67th Street
New York, NY

Maryann will lead the Historical Fiction session on June 20.

This summer the 67th Street Branch will hold a special book event, Dream Big Imagination Academy: read, write, and create your dream! The program targets children aged 9 – 12. Four 4-day sessions are planned this summer. Each session will include multiple visits by children’s authors, illustrators and writing/drawing teachers.Imagination Academy

The children will have the opportunity to write and illustrate their own book. Each session will end with a celebration and the chance for the participants to share their book projects.


MysteryscapeOdette’s Secrets
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 2pm

7309 West 80th Street
Overland park, KS 66204

From the Mysteryscape website
What if your life depended on being a good liar? New York City Author Maryann Macdonald discusses and signs her wonderful new middle-grade novel, Odette’s Secrets. This unique book, written in verse, shares the real-life story of Odette Meyers, a child survivor of the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II. As a young girl, Odette lived a secret life in the French countryside in order to escape the Holocaust. This gentle introduction to a dark period in history is for ages 10 and up.

Maryann will read from her book and give a presentation about Meyers, who eventually became a university professor, poet and activist. This event is free and open to all ages.


New York Society LibraryOdette’s Secrets
Friday, April 26, 2013

53 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075 

By Carrie Silberman
Most children are told never to keep secrets. But what would you do if a parent told you to lie, and what if being a good liar is the key to your survival? Author Maryann Macdonald explores these questions and many more in her gentle introduction for young readers about a dark period in time. Her novel, Odette’s Secrets tells the story of a young Jewish girl living in Paris during the invasion of the Nazi regime. After Odette’s father enlists in the French army and her mother joins the Resistance, Odette is sent to the countryside until it is safe to return. On the surface, she leads the life of a regular girl—going to school, doing chores, and even attending Catholic Mass with other children. But inside, she holds secrets about the life she left behind. Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyers—and written in moving free-verse poetry—Macdonald’s story encompasses themes of identity, courage and the determination to survive.

Member writer Macdonald shared her poignant novel at the Library earlier this week to a captivated audience of students and adults. She shared the process of how she discovered the fascinating story of Odette Meyers, who went on to become a poet and scholar later in life. We learned from Macdonald, who lived and worked in Paris for many years, that despite a childhood filled with difficult circumstances and conflicting emotions, Odette embraced both identities.

Audience members raised their own thought-provoking questions—Was it difficult to research and write about such a dark period in history? Why did you write the book in free verse? And from a young audience member–Can you compare the actions of the Boston Marathon bombers to those of Adolph Hitler? While Macdonald provided no simple answers, lessons from the past certainly ring true today.