Meet the Author/Illustrator

Melodye Benson Rosales

Portrait of Melodye Benson Rosales

Melodye Benson Rosales spreads her talent far and wide in the world of children's books. She has created illustrations for the "Addy" books in the popular American Girls series, and she has illustrated a collection of poems. She has also written books of her own, including a new series featuring the character Minnie Merriweather.

Rosales likes working on books that feature African Americans. Some of them are new versions of familiar tales, such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with African American characters. Rosales lives in Illinois with her husband and three children.

Look again at the illustrations for My Name Is María Isabel. What details in the pictures tell you how the characters are feeling? Discuss your thoughts with a partner.

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Other Books Illustrated by Melodye Benson Rosales

  • Beans on the Roof
    (written by Betsy Cromer Byars)
  • Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns
    (written by Mary Quattlebaum)
  • The Twins Strike Back
    (written by Valerie Flournoy)
  • A Strawbeater's Thanksgiving
    (written by Irene Smalls)
  • Hopscotch Love
    (written by Nikki Grimes)
  • Susie Mae
    (written by Margaree King Mitchell)

Books Written and Illustrated by Melodye Benson Rosales

  • Leola and the Honeybears: An African-American Retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Minnie Saves the Day