Wendy McClure is a writer and a children’s book editor. She is the author of The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, which won the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for nonfiction in 2011, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. Her 2005 memoir, I’m Not the New Me, was featured in publications such as Time Magazine, USA Today, Elle, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her infamous online collection of vintage Weight Watcher recipe cards and commentary was published in the 2006 humor book The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan. For more than a decade she wrote the PopTart pop culture column for BUST Magazine, and her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Glamour, The Chicago Sun-Times, and on the radio program This American Life. She has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
Her work in children’s books includes two picture books, the historical fiction series Wanderville, and the numerous picture books and young adult novels she’s edited over the years.
She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and now lives in Chicago with her husband, Chris, in a neighborhood near the river.