Amy MacDonald’s fifteen books for elementary and middle-school aged children include Little Beaver and the Echo, Rachel Fister’s Blister, and No More Nasty. Her books have won worldwide acclaim: translated into 27 languages, they’ve topped the “Best Children’s Book” lists in three countries (including Horn Book, Parents Magazine, and the London Independent), been listed on a dozen state Children’s Choice Award lists, and won or been short-listed for many major awards (Parents Choice Award, the Silver Stylus, Kate Greenaway, the Children’s Book Award, Oppenheim Platinum Award). Little Beaver and the Echo was also chosen one of the Ten Best Children’s Books of the Year by the New York Times.
She has also worked as a grant writer, an editor, and a freelance writer, in the U.S., France and England. Her non-fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Times (London), and many magazines. Her documentary film On This Island was shown on PBS as part of the Independent Lens series and was nominated for a New England Emmy.
Amy has taught creative writing and non-fiction to all ages, from kindergarten to students at University of Maine at Farmington, the Stonecoast Writers Conference, and Harvard University. She has given school presentations and writing workshops in thirty states, as well as in Europe and Africa. As a Teaching Artist for the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’ national Partners in Education program, she has been conducting professional development writing workshops for K-12 teachers across the country since 1998.
She moved to Falmouth from England with her husband, Thomas Urquhart, in 1988 and instantly joined the board of Maine Writers and Publishers, serving as president for three years.