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Meet Maggie McNair & Her Bug Friends

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I’m seven years old and I LOVE being a kid. I used to pitch fits about having to comb my hair, brush my teeth, and take baths. I also had a hard time keeping my finger out of my nose and doing those gross things that most kids do sometimes—until my really cool bug friends came along. They helped me learn about hygiene, etiquette, and making smart choices. Even though they are bugs, my parents don’t mind them hanging around because they say my friends are “good influences and role models.”

My favorite thing to do is play outside with my bug friends and discover the many things about this GREAT, big world we live in. I also like visiting schools with my mom and reading my books to other kids just like me. My mom makes it a lot of fun and encourages the kids, and teachers, to want to take good care of themselves. Having cavities, big knots it your hair, especially when you’re tender headed, and having stink bugs in your bed—is NOT FUN!

My books are for both boys and girls, ages 2-8, and the rhyme makes them a lot of fun to read, again and again. Don’t forget to find the hidden bugs on every page! Oh, and they are Accelerated Reader Books too. This means you can earn points in many elementary schools across the good ole’ U.S.A.

When you order my books on this website, my mom will personalize them AND you’ll get  FREE shipping. Oh, and one last thing, send us a message if you want us to come to your school.

Hope you’ll stick around and become my friend, too.

See you later!

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Maggie's bug friends

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Booger Bug is slow and steady... and sticky! He tends to find himself in some sticky messes. Yes, he’s gross and slimy, but he’s kind and helpful, too. Plus, sometimes his stickiness comes in handy.

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Miss Spider is a very talented “web designer” and never ceases to amaze her friends with her web-spinning creativity. She often has to gently remind her friends to use their manners. Everyone loves Miss Spider and seeks her advice. Plenty of times, she dispenses advice without being asked, too.

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Stink Bug doesn’t like baths. He thinks he smells fine and doesn’t mind getting dirty at all. Fearless and funny, he can mimic anyone’s voice—especially his friends. They don’t mind, they think it’s hilarious. He can always make the best of a bad situation. The other bugs tolerate his “pungent aroma” because he’s fun to be around.

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Sugar Bug never misses a meal, especially when it contains sweet, sweet sugar. He works hard to control himself when he sees a candy confection, but once his sugar switch flips, it’s hard to contain his attraction for the glittering granules. Sometimes, Maggie’s impulsiveness makes him a little nervous (he’s probably jumpy from all that sugar) but other than that, he’s a pretty mellow fellow.


Maggie McNair Reviews

Sheila Booth-Alberstadt’s presentation at Oak Park on Friday April 26, 2013 was a unique experience for our students here. She used experiences from her own family to write funny, yet lesson learned personal hygiene stories about a young tomboy girl named Maggie McNair. The students loved the color pictures and the books done in rhyme. I was also impressed that she did her homework on different kinds of bugs that invade our bodies. I think the students will think twice now about keeping themselves clean.

Cathleen Morris

Sheila Booth-Alberstadt shared her children’s books with our school. Her passion for encouraging children through her writing was contagious. The children loved the silliness in her rhyming stories, and the teachers loved the message she sends to children to take care for themselves with daily personal hygiene. I loved her books!

Teresa Amacker Ward, 3rd Grade Teacher

Students loved the stories about Maggie McNair and her learning adventures. Sheila’s reading of the Maggie McNair series to our second and third graders was a very enjoyable time.

Cheryl Cosker

I read Maggie McNair to my kindergarten students at large group time a few weeks ago. The classroom was silent, except for the giggles at the appropriate moments! After I finished, it was a different story! “Did that really happen? How did spiders get in there?” There was a little girl who hurriedly had her friend search to make sure she didn’t have anything living on her head. This book should be in every kindergarten class...and every home where hygiene is an issue. We can’t wait for more books!

A. Rhodes

Maggie McNair has Spiders in Her Hair is a great read-aloud for the preschool and school age set. A clever story, both rhythmic and vibrant. Cute and colorful illustrations, and many funny details make this book a delight to look at. Readers will easily grasp the moral of the story- delivered with just the right touch of empathy and humor.

Library Lady

My students LOVE Maggie McNair! I use the Maggie McNair series to teach our classroom health objectives, but my students re-read them because they are so entertaining. Maggie is an adorable child that hates to brush her hair. The author also makes the children aware of why they should demonstrate good hygiene. The illustrations are hilarious and the rhyming text is very entertaining, but the message is very pointed and eye-opening for children. I highly suggest all elementary teachers add this series to their classroom libraries.

Terri, Teacher

Sheila Booth-Alberstadt and her Maggie McNair books delighted our Kindergarten and First Grade students at Foley Elementary School in Foley, Alabama. Our author visit was both fun and informative, with our students learning important ways to take care of themselves and keep themselves clean and healthy. Our students loved when Mrs. Booth-Alberstadt read her books aloud as the stories and pictures of Maggie McNair flashed on the screen. Foley Elementary loves Maggie McNair!

Susan Miles Loy, Ed. S., Library Media Specialist

Sheila Booth-Alberstadt and her Maggie McNair books delighted our Kindergarten and First Grade students at Foley Elementary School in Foley, Alabama. Our author visit was both fun and informative, with our students learning important ways to take care of themselves and keep themselves clean and healthy. Our students loved when Mrs. Booth-Alberstadt read her books aloud as the stories and pictures of Maggie McNair flashed on the screen. Foley Elementary loves Maggie McNair!

Susan Miles Loy, Ed. S., Library Media Specialist

Sheila Booth-Alberstadt recently visited our school and introduced our students to the star of her series “Maggie McNair”. Teachers and students both were immersed in the presentation made by Mrs. Alberstadt and kept wanting to hear more about the daily accounts of her fictional character. I believe teachers and parents can relate to the plot of these books and can use this literature as a tool to teach children about proper hygiene in a fun way!

Melanie Howell, 3rd Grade Teacher

Maggie McNair came alive to our preschoolers and kindergartener’s as author Sheila Booth- Alberstadt read to them from Maggie McNair Has Spiders in Her Hair, Maggie McNair Wears Stinky Underwear, and Maggie McNair Has Sugar Bugs in There. They were quick to identify with Maggie’s hygiene struggles which allowed them much verbal interaction. Written in rhyme with oh so fun illustrations, kept all forty eight children interested and most attentive. With important purpose behind each book, I would like to believe each of our students would be more cooperative during bath time, hair brushing, and brushing of their teeth. I’m certain our parents are most grateful for the help they have now received in these areas.

Debbie Trenchard, Director, First Baptist Early Education Center

It was a pleasure to have Mrs. Booth-Alberstadt present her series of Maggie McNair novels to our students. The students were so intrigued and excited about the books. Actually one of the students asked his teacher if she could call his mother so she will take him to the dentist. Such a cute statement! With the introduction of the Common Core Standards, literature such as hers can be used to not only support reading skills, but science skills as well. I would recommend her presentation to any school.

Dr. Jennifer Pope, Principal, Oak Park Elementary, 2013

Sheila Booth-Alberstadt was able to actively engage all of my students. We (students and teachers) loved the stories. My students stated that the stories were “hysterical” and “so cute.” Sheila Booth-Alberstadt was able to bring the stories to life through her animated story telling and inside stories about each page. As soon as we returned to class, several of my students were eager to try to draw their own spiders, sugar bugs and stink bugs. As an educator, to see my students so excited about literature is a wonderful thing. Their excitement led to many more extension/learning activities. We were able to compare and contrast and discuss the importance of good hygiene. Thank you for helping to excite and encourage my kindergarten students.
Maya Dudte, Oak Park Elementary, 2012 Teacher of the Year

One of my great-granddaughters had a copy of Maggie McNair Has Spiders in Her Hair and loved it so much that I was inspired to buy it for another great-granddaughter that has tangles in her hair and she loves it too.
Mary Davis

My daughters love Maggie McNair! Real life experiences moms can relate to and appreciate.

Southern Mom

I have struggled with my tender headed daughter for quite some time now when dealing with her hair, until Maggie McNair!! Now she realizes that brushing her hair is not an option, it is a matter of good hygiene. She uses her Maggie hairbrush at home and at school. She brushes before bed and in the morning first thing. I am so glad there is a book series that finally addresses everyday issues parents face with their children.

Happy Mommy

Bought this book for my six year old. We LOVE it!! As a parent of a child with long hair we too fight daily with her hair. It is a fun book and my daughter and I can’t help but laugh as we see the similarities between herself and Maggie. Sarah loved finding the hidden spiders on each page. We look forward to seeing what the next adventure of Maggie will be.

Sarah’s Mom

My family had the pleasure of meeting the author, Sheila Booth-Alberstadt, at a book signing last weekend. She is a very approachable and intelligent lady. It was a pleasure to meet and talk with her. The books take personal hygiene and puts it in funny terms that makes it fun for children. They read and learn at the same time. Now brushing my daughters long hair has become more of a game than a chore as I have to help her brush those “spiders” out of there. Instead of fussing she is laughing by the time I finish. I would highly recommend the series to any family looking to make learning fun for their child.

Michael L Impey

We just saw Sheila Booth-Alberstadt at our local bookstore. She read to the kids and had Dr. Glass there. She gave goodie bags to all of the kids! The book is so cute and teaches little ones the importance of good hygiene like brushing teeth and bathing too. We have several of her books and my daughter loves them all. Beautiful illustrations and fun rhyming tales too. My seven year old says that the lady that writes these books has GREAT rhyming skills.

B Metzger

Maggie McNair is so much fun to read! We have read all of the books and love every one. They do a marvelous job explaining the importance of good hygiene in such a fun way. We were so excited to see another book detailing Maggie’s adventures. My son loved searching for the bugs that appear on every page. We can’t wait to see what is next!

Kelly McCrady

We love this book!! Sheila has a gift for writing children’s books that are fun and educational. Norris is a gifted illustrator and did a great job bringing these books to life with his drawings. Together they have created a great tool to teach children how to take care of their teeth and all other hygiene issues. We LOVE all of the Maggie McNair books.

Jen Atwell

We love this book! Such a fun and creative way to teach kids about personal hygiene! We will definitely purchase more of Maggie’s books. We love them, and Thank You!


My nine year old granddaughter Reagan LOVES the Maggie McNair series. She now remembers to wash properly when she bathes.


The visit coincided with National Poetry Month and we had been doing a lot of poetry work with the students, so the rhyming books fit right into our curriculum. The children loved hearing all the rhymes! The kids loved the books and kept talking about the topics for days later, like “Spiders in her hair”. The books were very catchy and the children remembered a lot of the lines. Many of our students purchased books, since they enjoyed the reading so much.

Mom of Two

This book was perfect for my 9 year old who didn’t always bathe properly. She read the story 3 times in one day! Now, she can’t wait for the new book to come out. What a fun way to get some not-so-fun issues corrected! Highly recommend! My son read this book 3 times in one day! He thought it was so fun. He learned the importance of good hygiene too! We can’t wait to get her 4th book coming out soon. Highly recommend.

Heather C.

Maggie McNair is so much fun to read! We have read all of the books and love every one! They do a marvelous job of explaining the importance of good hygiene in such a fun way. We were SO excited to see another book detailing Maggie’s adventures! My son loved searching for the bugs that appear on every page.


Maggie McNair has a typical defiance that my three year old son could relate to. He LOVED the stink bug story and commented often during the reading about “listening to your parents, so they don’t have stinky underpants.” The manner in which Maggie is made fun of by her peers also helped us to discuss the importance of recognizing bullying and what to do about bullies. Thank you for making it so fun and serving the purpose of reiterating the importance of listening to your parents and standing up for yourself and your friends in the presence of a bully.

Jasmine Kintzler

My grandmother who is also named Maggie McNair asked me to write and let you know she loves the book and intends on buying more.

Donna Galloway

My daughter loves this book. She says “the book tells me it’s important to be clean and listen to my parents, because they know what’s best for me.” We’ve read the book more than once since we bought it at a book signing yesterday. We will be buying all of the books in this series.

Kerry Belcher

This book was perfect for my child who hated bath time. They really learned the importance of bathing and it was such a fun story. Highly recommended!!

Joseph Hendon

I got this for my darling three year old daughter who hates to have her hair brushed...not so much now! It’s an adorable book!

Jennifer Foster

This is such a fun read for both the children listening and the adults reading it. The illustrations are captivating too. We always stop and look for all the little spiders to be found. A great lesson packaged in a fun read.


I bought this book for my three year old granddaughter and she absolutely loved it. It has been months since we bought it and she still comments every time we brush her hair about having “spiders in her hair”. The author communicated with me directly when I made the purchase and personally signed the book. What a surprise. I’ll be watching for other titles from this author.

Joseph Reeves

I originally purchased this book because I am a big Norris Hall fan. He is an awesome artist and I am blessed to have a piece of his work in my home as well as the book. Then of course the name. I have my own Maggie and she is a terrible mess trying to get her hair brushed. Every morning when it’s time to brush her hair I say Maggie McNair it’s time to brush your hair. It's a delightful book and the illustrations are what I would expect from the talented Mr. Hall.

Stacy Leeson


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When I was just a little four-year-old, I loved flying kites and dreaming of cooking gourmet meals, but there was one thing that I despised…having my hair brushed! I mean I REALLY didn’t like it! My mom would always tell me that I need to have “the spiders” brushed out. She was just talking about the little knots in my hair, but I didn’t know that.

Then one day she thought, “Hey, that’s a good idea for a story!”

So she wrote Maggie McNair Has Spiders in Her Hair and thought it would get me to brush my hair. It worked!


Then she met an illustrator (a.k.a. Uncle Norris) and asked him to make me come to life as a character. They put pictures with words and made a book. It became popular with kids in elementary schools. Not long after that, they made two more books—Maggie McNair Wears Stinky Underwear and Maggie McNair Has Sugar Bugs in There.

Creating stories about “Hi-Gene” kept them very busy. They even have a story about keeping your finger out of your nose; Maggie McNair, Get Your Finger Out of There! Not that I ever did that but there are a lot of kids that do!

They’ve been visiting schools all over the country and presenting my stories to thousands of children and teachers—although it’s a little embarrassing for the world to know my past, ummm… issues. They often visit bookstores and sign a LOT of books. I even sign a few myself!

My mom always believed that me and my bug friends would be animated and have our very own show. One day, something pretty amazing happened to her—I’ll let her share that part. So now my mom, and a great team, are working on a really cool project called Maggie McNair’s World… Hey, that’s me!

Thanks for reading all about my story and I hope you fall in love with me and my friends.

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