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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alice B. McGinty  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Children;

Born: 1963 in Minneapolis, Minnesota


-- Website -- http://www.alicebmcginty.com
-- Alice B. McGinty on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=alice+b.+mcginty


Illinois Connection

McGinty lives in Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alice B. McGinty is the award-winning author of over forty children's books. She writes and publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children. She is also a Writing Coach, Instructor and Book Reviewer. She teaches writing classes regularly through Urbana Adult Education and takes on clients as a writing coach, critiquing their work and helping them improve their skills. Her book review column appears every third Sunday in the Living Section of the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette.Currently, she is the Co-Regional Advisor of the Illinois Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).


Published Works

    Library of Healthy Eating Series
  • Eating Right, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1997
  • Sleep and Rest, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1997
  • Let’s Exercise, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1997
  • Dental Care, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1997
  • Good Hygiene, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1997
  • Personal Safety, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1997Dogs Helping People Series
  • Police Dogs, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1998
  • Sled Dogs, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1998
  • Sheepherding Dogs, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1998
  • Detector Dogs, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1998
  • Guide Dogs, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1998Hairy Scary Spiders Series
  • The Wolf Spider, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2001
  • The Black Widow, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2001
  • The Tarantula, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2001
  • The Jumping Spider, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2001
  • The Crab Spider, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2001
  • The Orb Weaver, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2001About the Author Series
  • Meet Daniel Pinkwater, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002
  • Meet Jane Yolen, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002
  • Meet Jerry Spinelli, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002
  • Meet Gail Carson Levine, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002
  • Meet Laurence Yep, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002
  • Meet Eve Bunting, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002The Library of Food Chains and Webs
  • Producers, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002
  • Herbivores, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002
  • Omnivores, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002
  • Carnivores, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002
  • Scavengers and Parasites, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002
  • Decomposers, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2002The Library of Author Biographies
  • Cynthia Rylant, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2004
  • Sharon Creech, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2005
  • Katherine Paterson, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2005Stand Along Titles:
  • Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 1999
  • Software Designer, Rosen Publishing/PowerKids Press, 2000
  • Celebrating Champaign-Urbana History, Quasar Strategies, Inc., 2000 and 2006
  • Ten Little Lambs, Dial Books for Young Readers, 2002
  • Thank You, World, Dial Books, 2007
  • Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise, Marshall Cavendish, 2007
  • Darwin, Houghton Mifflin Children's Books, 2009
  • Eliza's Kindergarten Pet, Marchall Cavendish, 2010
  • Gandhi: A March to the Sea, Two Lions, 2013
  • Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons, Charlesbridge, 2014


Selected Titles At Your Library

Staying healthy.
ISBN: 0531116581. OCLC Number:

Franklin Watts,. New York :. ©1998.

Discusses the four food groups, the nutrients our body needs, and the importance of healthy eating.

Staying healthy.
ISBN: 0531116603. OCLC Number:

Franklin Watts,. New York :. ©1998.

Describes the stages of sleep, discusses what happens when we sleep and why we need sleep.

Staying healthy.
ISBN: 0823951375. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 1997.

Defines exercise, describes its benefits, and gives a few examples of how to exercise.

Staying healthy :
ISBN: 0531116611. OCLC Number:

Franklin Watts,. New York :. ©1998.

Provides an overview of the teeth, including the different kinds of teeth we have, their composition, and how to take care of them.

Staying healthy.
ISBN: 0531116638. OCLC Number:

Franklin Watts,. New York :. ©1998.

Discusses what germs are and how they spread, as well as the importance of being clean and well-groomed.

Staying healthy :
ISBN: 053111662x. OCLC Number:

Franklin Watts,. New York :. ©1998.

Gives children pointers on how to stay safe by thinking safe, including chapters on safety with strangers, friends, while playing, at home and in the nieghborhood.

Police dogs :
ISBN: 0823952185. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 1999.

Explores the selection, training, and uses of police dogs in fighting crime.

Sled dogs :
ISBN: 0823952169. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 1999.

Explores the nature and work of sled dogs, what kinds of breeds make sled dogs, and the history of dogsled racing.

Sheepherding dogs :
ISBN: 0823952193. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 1999.

Describes the life of Sparkle, a border collie that works as a sheep dog, examining the training and effort involved for sheep-herding dogs to do their job.

Detector dogs :
ISBN: 0823952177. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 1999.

Discusses what a detector dog is, the training it goes through, different kinds of search dogs, and their jobs.

The wolf spider /
ISBN: 1404233733. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2006.

Describes the characteristics of the wolf spider, where it can be found, how it protects itself, how it reproduces, and its benefits to humans.

The black widow spider /
ISBN: 0823955656. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2002.

Describes the characteristics of the black widow spider, where it can be found, how it mates and reproduces, its web and how it protects itself, and its interaction with humans.

Tarantula /
ISBN: 0823955664. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2002.

Describes the characteristics of the tarantula, their habits and habitats, how they protect themselves from their enemies, and how they adapt to people.

The jumping spider /
ISBN: 140423375x. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2006.

This book introduces "jumping spiders," spiders who leave their webs to search for prey, explaining their physical characteristics, their homes, and their behavior.

The crab spider /
ISBN: 0823955702. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2002.

Describes the charateristics of the crab spider, where it lives, how it mates, what it eats, and how it protects itself.

The Orb weaver /
ISBN: 0823955699. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2002.

Describes the characteristics of the orb weaver, the web it spins and its benefits to the ecosystem.

Meet Daniel Pinkwater /
ISBN: 082396406x. OCLC Number:

Powerkids Press,. New York :. 2003.

A short biography of the author of more than seventy books for children, Daniel Pinkwater.

Meet Jane Yolen /
ISBN: 0823964078. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2003.

A short biography of Jane Yolen, a prolific and well-known writer of juvenile literature.

Meet Jerry Spinelli /
ISBN: 0823964086. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2003.

Presents a brief biography of the author from Norristown, Pennsylvania, who won the Newbery Medal award in 1991 for "Maniac Magee."

Meet Gail Carson Levine /
ISBN: 0823964094. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2003.

Presents a brief biography of the American author who wrote the 1998 Newbery Honor award-winning book "Ella Enchanted" while commuting from her home in Brewster, New York, to her job in New York City.

Meet Laurence Yep /
ISBN: 0823964108. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2003.

An easy-to-read biography of the Chinese-American award-winning writer whose books celebrate his ethnic heritage.

Meet Eve Bunting /
ISBN: 0823964116. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2003.

A short biography of the Irish-born author who has written over 200 books, including "Smoky Night," which won the Caldecott Medal in 1995.

Herbivores in the food chain /
ISBN: 0823957535. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2002.

Briefly explains the importance and necessity of herbivores.

Omnivores in the food chain /
ISBN: 082395756x. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2002.

Briefly explains the necessity of omnivores.

Carnivores in the food chain /
ISBN: 0823957543. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2002.

Briefly explains the importance of carnivores in the food chain.

Scavengers and parasites in the food chain /
ISBN: 0823957551. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2002.

Briefly explains the necessity for scavengers and parasites.

Decomposers in the food chain /
ISBN: 0823957578. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2002.

Briefly explains how fungi, bacteria, molds and other items contribute to the ecology.

Cynthia Rylant /
ISBN: 082394526X. OCLC Number:

Rosen Central,. New York :. 2004.

Discusses the life and work of author Cynthia Rylant, including her writing process and methods, inspirations, a critical discussion of her books, biographical timeline, and awards.

Sharon Creech /
ISBN: 1404206523. OCLC Number:

Rosen Pub. Group,. New York :. 2006.

Profiles the life and career of Sharon Creech, winner of several Newbery Medals and the first American to win the Carnegie Medal.

Katherine Paterson /
ISBN: 1404203281. OCLC Number:

Rosen Pub. Group,. New York :. 2005.

This book discusses the life and work of Katherine Paterson, including her thoughts on writing, inspirations, and awards.

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel /
ISBN: 0823958922. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2003.

Discusses the founding, building, operation and closing of the Spanish mission at San Gabriel and its role in California history.

Software designer /
ISBN: 0823931498. OCLC Number:

Rosen Pub. Group,. New York :. 2000.

Explains what software designers do and how to prepare for a career in software design.

Ten little lambs /
ISBN: 0803725965. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2002.

As they play all through the night, little lambs from ten to one finally fall asleep.

Thank you, world /
ISBN: 0803727054. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2007.

Eight children from eight different countries express their thanks for many special things including the sun that colors the sky, breezes that lift kites, clouds that paint cotton pictures and send rain, and sparkling stars that "shine like Mommy's eyes."

Eliza's kindergarten surprise /
ISBN: 0761453512. OCLC Number:

Marshall Cavendish,. New York :. ©2007.

On her first day of school, Eliza fills her pocket with objects--buttons, a pebble, a napkin, and a piece of yarn--that remind her of her mother, whom she misses very much.

Darwin /
ISBN: 0618995315. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. Boston :. 2009.

A picture book biography which reveals the assembling of Darwin's most profound idea: the survival of the fittest.

Eliza's kindergarten pet /
ISBN: 076145702X. OCLC Number:

Marshall Cavendish Childrens,. Tarrytown, NY :. ©2010.

When the kindergarten classroom gets a pet guinea pig Eliza is afraid, but when the guinea pig gets lost, Eliza helps find her.

Gandhi :
ISBN: 1477816445. OCLC Number:

. .

Recreates Mohandas Gandhi's 24-day March to the Sea, from March 12 to April 5, 1930, which became a pivotal moment in India's quest to become an independent country no longer ruled by Great Britain.

Rabbi Benjamin's buttons /
ISBN: 1580894321. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2014.

Rabbi Benjamin's congregation presents him with a special holiday vest--and cooks him so much food that soon its buttons pop off. Includes glossary, notes on Jewish holidays, and recipes for special foods associated with them.


Awards

Darwin

Speaking Engagements

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