New picture book teaches young readers importance of facing fears

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Malta/ “Meg the Egg” , a children’s book by Rita Antoinette Borg, tells the story of the title character, an unhatched baby chick whose fear of the noises of the outside world keeps her from hatching.

Mother Hen wants her to hatch but Meg has heard too many noises from the outside world to want to come out. As she attempts to encourage her reluctant chick, Mother Hen assures her that the oinking is just pigs and the quacking is just ducks and that her siblings have already safely hatched. But Meg mostly fears the Howls. When the Howls sneak into the barn one night and snatch Mother Hen, Meg will discover courage she did not know she possessed to save the mother she loves.

“The book is an easy-to-read tale for reluctant readers and children who love to read by themselves,” says Borg. “Parents and kids can have fun together making the various noises of the barnyard animals.”

Inspired by the author’s own daughter’s fear of the dark, the story of Meg will encourage children to face their own fears and feel greater confidence in themselves. Written to engage, entertain and inspire, the book features color illustrations and a happy conclusion sure to please young readers.

“Meg the Egg” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: Rita Antoinette Borg was educated in New York before studying children’s writing at the Institute of Children’s and Teen’s Literature in Connecticut. She also received a diploma in child psychology from the European Institute of Education. Borg now resides on the Mediterranean island of Malta, where she performs storytelling and creative writing workshops in schools across the country. A mother of three, she has published four picture books aimed at early readers as well as an anthology of short stories for older children. Borg’s books have been recognized by the Malta Annual Literary Awards, where her last book “Don’t Cross the Road, Holly!” was chosen as the 2009 Children’s Book in English. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Writers & Illustrators. This is her debut book for the U.S and U.K market.

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