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Meet the Characters

Maggie McNair

A seven year old girl who thrives off of catching tadpoles, climbing trees and getting dirty, finds the indoor life to be rather boring. With the aid of her vivid imagination, when she steps into her backyard, it becomes an endless world of adventure and exploration. Her inquisitive nature keeps her in wonder of God’s magnificent creation. She is respectful and obeys instruction but can be easily influenced and is prone to getting sidetracked.

Miss Spider

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.

Sugar Bug

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..

Stink Bug

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.


Firefly is a very young bug with a warm and generous spirit. His bright light comes in handy when he and his bug buddies are having a night time adventure, or exploring dark caves and tunnels. He’s not yet learned the art of diplomacy, and it gets him in trouble sometimes because he speaks up when he thinks something isn’t right.

Booger Bug

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.

Love Bug

Love Bug has the attention span of... well, a love bug. She flutters here and there, spreading the love. She’s easily distracted by diff–... “Ooooh look!... a pretty, pretty flower”... Oh, uhh... but true to her name, she loves love, and almost anything that crosses in front of her eyes...“Oooh! A butterfly!”


Roly is a roly-poly beetle who always comes rolling in like a ball of sunshine, bringing light to every situation. He’s also a showman and a jokester that keeps his friends amused (sometimes unintentionally).


Zamar is a praying mantis. He is the wise old sage. A fatherly figure to the bug friends and advises them through their challenges, but only when they ask. Otherwise, he spends most of his time studying and writing.


Papsi is a senior citizen stick bug. He’s a bit of an “old codger”, who’s gruff on the outside, but an old softie on the inside. When he’s not yelling at the young bugs to get off of his lawn, he likes doing all the old person things like checking his mail and coordinating his doctors’ appointments. If he’s in the mood, he might dust off his old banjo and play a tune.


Ace is a sneaky night crawler who creeps in and out of conversation in attempts to create mischief and mayhem. His favorite trick is to change his body into different shapes to distract and mesmerize. Maggie’s bug friends always encourage her to ignore what he says and not to let him get in her head.


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, 2013
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

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