Megan Dowd Lambert
Megan is a white woman of French-Canadian and Irish heritage who grew up as a seventh-generation Vermonter in a large, extended, Catholic family. Childhood reading of books by Mildred D. Taylor, Julius Lester, Eloise Greenfield, Virginia Hamilton, and others opened her eyes to white privilege and to Black (hi)stories of resilience, resistance, and empowerment. This led to an undergraduate major in African-American Studies at Smith College and to her early adulthood work with several anti-racism education groups and human rights organizations. She earned an MA in Children’s Literature at Simmons College and is the author of A Crow of His Own (a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor), Real Sisters Pretend, and Reading Picture Books with Children, which introduces her inquiry-based, dialogic Whole Book Approach to storytime.
Megan’s current work as a writer, reviewer, and senior lecturer in children’s literature at Simmons College is informed by her life as a white, bi, cisgender mother of six children in a multiracial, queer, adoptive, blended family. She believes in the humanizing potential of literature and art and is passionate about amplifying diverse voices, encouraging dialog and inquiry, and creating a safer, more humane world for her children and for all children.