ABOUT

Megan Daley is passionate about children’s literature and is the author of ‘Raising Readers’ and ‘the Beehive’ and editor of ‘Teacher, Teacher’.
She is also a multiple award-winning teacher librarian, speaker, podcaster, widow, beekeeper, literary judge and collector of indoor plants.

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“I’m a big believer in creating readers through nurturing a deep love of books and all things literary, both at home and in educational settings.”

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Megan’s Official Bio

Megan Daley is a Teacher Librarian and has been awarded the ASLA Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year 2023 and the SLAQ Queensland Teacher Librarian of the Year, as well as the national Dromkeen Librarians Award. Megan is the author of the bestselling book ‘Raising Readers’ (UQP, 2019) as well as ‘Teacher, Teacher’ (Affirm Press, 2023) and ‘The Beehive’ (Walker Books, 2024). A former national vice-president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Megan is also a speaker, regular literary judge, festival curator and co-host of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast.

Through her writing and speaking engagements, Megan inspires parents and caregivers, educators, and librarians to nurture a lifelong love of reading.

Qualifications
Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood
Graduate Diploma in Teacher Librarianship
Masters of Education

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Megan at home

Megan lives in Brisbane with her partner Murray Arkadieff AKA ‘The Beekeeper’, their dog and their four children ranging in age from 7 to 16. Megan and her partner were widowed several years ago and you can read more about their journey with grief, loss and coming together here .

Megan and The Beekeeper share a common interest in bees and nature and enjoy subjecting their children to long road trips across Australia. They are hopeful their children will one day look back on these dusty drives fondly, but this is likely a while away. 

With four kids and a few too many projects on the go at any one time, Megan fully understands that reading with your kids is not always high on the agenda. But like encouraging the eating of green leafy vegetables, she fully believes that encouraging and nurturing kids to love stories in all/any forms, is one of the greatest gifts we can give our young people.

 

Megan at home

Megan lives in Brisbane with her partner Murray Arkadieff AKA ‘The Beekeeper’, their dog and their four children ranging in age from 7 to 16. Megan and her partner were widowed several years ago and you can read more about their journey with grief, loss and coming together here .

Megan and The Beekeeper share a common interest in bees and nature and enjoy subjecting their children to long road trips across Australia. They are hopeful their children will one day look back on these dusty drives fondly, but this is likely a while away. 

With four kids and a few too many projects on the go at any one time, Megan fully understands that reading with your kids is not always high on the agenda. But like encouraging the eating of green leafy vegetables, she fully believes that encouraging and nurturing kids to love stories in all/any forms, is one of the greatest gifts we can give our young people.

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“There are some ‘fights’ that are worth having and, like ensuring your kids eat their greens, ensuring kids have a reading routine is one of the fights I’ll always advocate for.”

Megan’s work

Click to read or listen to some of Megan’s work.

Megan Daley family in kitchen

Megan’s Un-Official Bio

Where it al began …

Once upon a time, many moons ago, I studied early childhood teaching, always with the intention 

of completing further studies in teacher librarianship and children’s literature. My mum is also a teacher-librarian, and she absolutely inspired my choice of career.

After several years of classroom teaching, I was put in charge of my first school library: a one-room demountable building in a carpark at the back of the primary school. It doesn’t sound ideal, and yet I deeply loved that library and am proud of what we created there to this day.

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