• Alice B. McGinty is the Co-Regional Advisor for the Illinois Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the award-winning author of over 40 books for children. 

    Recent books include the 2015 Sydney Taylor Notable book, Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons (Charlesbridge, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt) and the picture book biography, Gandhi: A March To the Sea (Amazon Children’s Publishing, illustrated by Thomas Gonzales) (honor book, 2014 South Asia Book Award for Children’s And Young Adult Literature). Alice looks forward to the upcoming release of seven books: Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World (Feb, 2019, Little Bee Books, illustrated by Tomoko Suzuki)The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney (May, 2019, Schwartz and Wade Books, illustrated by Elizabeth Haidle), Bathe the Cat (2020, Chronicle Books, illustrated by David Roberts), The Sea Knows (with co-author Alan Havis, 2020, Simon and Schuster, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis), A Story for Small Bear (2020, Schwartz and Wade Books, illustrated by Richard Jones), The Water Lady (2021, Schwartz and Wade Books, illustrated by Shonto Begay), and Truck Says Moo (Chronicle Books, illustrated by Camille Garoche), 


  • “Language is like music. Each word has a unique sound and meaning, and when we put those words together, magic happens!”

    Alice, who was awarded the 2017 Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children, loves to share her enthusiasm for reading and writing – both fiction and nonfiction – with students through engaging and creative workshops and assemblies in schools. She also gives speeches at conferences, along with workshops and presentations to writers, teachers, and librarians, and works as a writing coach as well. 

    Alice loves to hike, play the guitar, dance, and read. She’s also a writing tutor, runs a writing camp for teens, and is a children’s book reviewer for the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, 

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