Brief Bio

Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald

"MacDonald is a grand dame of storytelling." ...School Library Journal

  • Workshops, school visits, and festivals in: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Swaziland; Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia; Austria, Belgium, Germany, Czechoslovakia, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Republic of Georgia, Spain, Switzerland; Brunei, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia (including Borneo), Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand; Australia, New Zealand, US and Canada.
  • Ph.D. Folklore, Indiana University; Master of Educational Communications, University of Hawaii; Master of Library Science, University of Washington.
  • Has taught storytelling at the University of Washington Information School and Lesley University.
  • Children's Librarian since 1965: San Francisco Public; Hawaii State Library Bookmobile; Singapore American School; Fairfield Methodist Girl's School, Singapore; Mountain-Valley Library System (Children's Consultant); Montgomery County Maryland; King County Library System (1979-2002).
  • Author of over 60 books and audios on storytelling and folklore topics.

Award and Honors

  • Fulbright Scholar to Mahasarakham University Thailand.
  • Talking Leaves Literary Award, established in 2001 by the National Storytelling Network to honor those who "have had a major influence and force in the literary body of storytelling." .
  • Leadership Award, National Storytelling Network
    • MRM is former board member of NSN
  • Outstanding Author & Storyteller Award 2001-2002, Washington Organization for Reading Development (IRA)
  • Aesop Accolade for Mabela the Clever
  • Anne Izard Award for Go to Sleep Gecko; Boy from the Dragon Palace, and The Storyteller's Sourcebook.
  • Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award for Pickin' Peas.
  • Parent's Choice Awards for Mabela the Clever and Fat Cat
  • Storytelling World Awards for numerous books.
  • Sharjah World Book Fair Award 2010 for How Many Donkeys: An Arabic Counting Tale.

Print and Net Bios

  • Something About the Author, v. 94. Pp142-145. Gale Research, 1998.
  • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, v. 56 Gale Research, 1998.
  • Contemporary Authors, v.110 . Gale Research, 1984.
  • Storytellers: A Biographical Directory of 120 English-Speaking Performers Worldwide by Corki Miller and Mary Ellen Snodgrass, McFarland, 1998.
  • Lengthy interview about the work of a children's librarian as author at:
  • For audio interview with MRM:
  • MRM talks about her work in an interview at Pikes Peak Library System:


MRM is interviewed by a young reader


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