ABOUT Brenda Dales

I teach courses and workshops related to children’s and young Bike#2adult literature at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (the cold Miami). I am addicted to children’s books, caramels, my computer, motorcycles, sports cars, gardening, and cheese with truffles in it. I also like good red wine, pretending to play my piano, writing, sushi (not sashimi), shopping and traveling (the last two are usually related). My favorite movie is Il Postino/The Postman, because of the importance of metaphor and poetry in the story. I can make the world’s best strawberry pie, and I have the unique and basically useless talent of being able to find four-leaf clovers whenever I want to. My two favorite things to do are ride my motorcycle and read, but I usually don’t do both at the same time.

My professional passions are picturebooks and international literature (preK-12). Right now I am researching international graphic novels (other than manga). I served on the ALA/ALSC Notable Children’s Book Committee for two years (for the 2016 & 2017 lists) and I am a past chair of the Outstanding International Books committee of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). Currently I am serving as Chair of the USBBY Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB) committee; the BIB honors international illustrators.

I am the sole owner and writer for this blog. I personally select all books and topics on the blog. I receive no pay for the blog and I am not affiliated with any booksellers including the big online booksellers, although publishers occasionally send me books because of the committee work I have done. All professional comments and personal opinions are mine alone.


I’m the one on the right.


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