English author, famed for her stories for children. Kilner's writings helped in starting the literary trend of assigning "the narrator's part to animals and inanimate objects." Her work was initially published under the pseudonyms M. P. and Mary Pelham. Kilner's work has a didactic undertone. Her major writings include Life and Perambulation of a Mouse (1783), The Village School (1795), The Rotchfords (1786), The Rational Brutes (1799), and First Going to School (1804).
English authoress famous for writing juvenile fiction, Kilner was the initiator of a different trend in English literature. Earlier in her career, she wrote under the pseudonym of Mary Pelham. Her works are designed to teach moral lessons.