Mary Pope Osborne
There are now a total of 48 books in the Magic Tree House series: the 28 original books plus 20 books in the Merlin Missions series written for slightly older children.
My three children loved the Magic Tree House books because they were exciting and filled with adventure and a bit of mystery.
This wasn't the reason I introduced my children to the books but it was a huge bonus for me because I really love history and was very keen to pass this love on to them.
About Mary Pope Osborne
Mary Pope was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in the United States on 20 May 1949. She has a twin brother, an older sister and a younger brother and has always enjoyed a close relationship with her family.
Mary's father was a Colonel in the US army and until she was fifteen her family moved around the US to various army bases where her father was stationed. When he retired, the family settled in North Carolina.
As a teenager, Mary became involved in her local community theatre, spending many happy hours after school acting and working backstage.
She went on to study drama at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied mythology and comparative religion. These two areas of interest became her great passions and many years later would provide the inspiration for
The Magic Tree House books.
Returning to the US, Mary worked at a variety of jobs before meeting Will Osborne, an actor, in New York City. They married in 1976.
Writing the Magic Tree House Books
Mary Pope Osborne was a published author for ten years before the first Magic Tree House book was published in 1992.
Her first book, called Run, Run, As Fast As You Can, had been published in 1982 by Random House and several other books followed, mostly books for young people.
Then one day, her editor at Random House suggested to Mary that she write a series for children. She liked the idea of writing a time travel series and spent a year planning the books, although she originally thought of them as a temporary diversion from her other writing.
But how to make the children travel back in time?
While Mary was trying to work this out, she went for a walk and happened to come across an old children's tree house.
And so the idea for The Magic Tree House was born.
Since the first Magic Tree House book, Valley of the Dinosaurs, was published in 1992, the 48 books in the series have together sold more than 100 million copies around the world.
Magic Tree House Collections
Jack and Annie's first 28 adventures in a collectible box that looks like the Magic Tree House itself!
You can buy the Magic Tree House books individually or as collections of four stories.
These collections make great gifts for young readers.