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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Melodye Rosales  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Children; Children;

Born: in Los Angeles, California


-- Melodye Rosales on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=melodye+rosales


Illinois Connection

Rosales lives in Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Melodye Rosales is an author and illustrator. 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.


Published Works

    Illustrator
  • Beans on the Roof, 1988 - written by Betsy Byars
  • 38 Weeks Till Summer Vacation, Scholastic, 1988 - written by Mona Kerby
  • The Good Witch: A Charles Perrault Tale Retold, 1989
  • The Mystery of the Hard Luck Rodeo, 1989
  • Kwanzaa, Children's Press, 1990 - written by Debbi Newton Chocolate
  • Corey’s Dad Drinks Too Much, Tyndale House Press, 1991 - written by Anne Courtney
  • Stranger Danger, 1991
  • The Choice Is Up To You, 1991
  • Meet Addy: An American Girl, American Girl Publishing, 1993 - written by Connie Porter
  • Addy Learns a Lesson: A School Story, American Girl Publishing, 1993 - written by Connie Porter
  • Addy’s Surprise: A Christmas Story, American Girl Publishing, 1993 - written by Connie Porter
  • Twins Strike Back, 1994
  • Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns, 1994
  • On the Day I Was Born, 1995 - written by Debbie Newton Chocolate
  • Irene Jennie and the Christmas Masquerade: The Johnkankus, Little Brown, 1996 - written by Irene Smalls
  • A Strawbeater’s Thanksgiving, Little Brown, 1998 - written by Irene Smalls
  • Hopscotch Love: A Family Treasury of Love Poems, HarperCollins, 1999 - written by Nikki GrimesAuthor and Illustrator
  • Double Dutch and Voodoo Shoes: An Urban Folktale, Childrens Press, 1991
  • '’Twas the Night Before Christmas: An African-American Version, Cartwheel Books, 1996
  • Leola and the Honeybears, Scholastic, 1999
  • The Adventures of Minnie Merriweather: Minnie Saves the Day'', Little Brown, 2001


Selected Titles At Your Library

Beans on the roof.
ISBN: 0370312570. OCLC Number:

Bodley Head,. . 1988.

38 weeks till summer vacation /
ISBN: 0590440187. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 1991, ©1989.

Skinny Nora Jean Sampson and her friends at R.B. Nolen Elementary School are kept busy with a snake in the girls' bathroom, a scary Halloween fun house, and a pizza party in the library.

Kwanzaa /
ISBN: 0516039911. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1990.

Discusses the holiday in which Afro-Americans celebrate their roots and cultural heritage from Africa. How one American family celebrates the 7-day December holiday of Kwanzaa.

Corey's dad drinks too much /
ISBN: 0842302239. OCLC Number:

Tyndale House Publishers,. Wheaton, Ill. :. ©1991.

Uses a Christian perspective to discuss alcoholism in a parent and how it can be treated.

Meet Addy :
ISBN: 1562470760. OCLC Number:

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In 1864, after her father and brother are sold to another owner, nine-year-old Addy Walker and her mother escape from their cruel life of slavery in North Carolina to freedom in Philadelphia.

Addy learns a lesson :
ISBN: 1562470787. OCLC Number:

. .

In the year 1864, young Addy & her mother try to escape slavery by fleeing to the North after her father is sold again & they are separated. After their escape from North Carolina to Philadelphia in the summer of 1864, Addy and her mother begin their new life as free people as her mother gets a paying job and Addy goes to school and learns a lesson in true friendship. Addy Walker is a proud, courageous girl growing up in 1864, during the midst of the Civil War. Addy's stories tell of her daring escape with her mother from slavery, and the challenges they face afterward as they try to reunite their family. But Addy's stories are about much more than hardship. They are full of the love and hope that help her get through the worst of times and keep her dreams alive! Addy starts her new life in Philadelphia. At school for the first time, she learns about reading and writing -- and more.

Addy's surprise :
ISBN: 1562470809. OCLC Number:

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Addy and her mother forgo their Christmas plans to help the newly freed slaves arriving in Philadelphia during the Civil War. Addy Walker is a proud, courageous girl growing up in 1864, during the midst of the Civil War. Addy's stories tell of her daring escape with her mother from slavery, and the challenges they face afterward as they try to reunite their family. But Addy's stories are about much more than hardship. They are full of the love and hope that help her get through the worst of times and keep her dreams alive! During the holiday season, Addy and Momma are generous with their meager savings and thrilled by a wonderful surprise.

On the day I was born /
ISBN: 0590476092. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©1995.

An African American family greets a new baby in the home with welcoming rituals that go back to tribal Africa. An African American family greets a new baby in the home with welcoming rituals that go back to tribal Africa. Members of an extended African American family celebrate with joy and pride the birth of a first-born son.

Irene Jennie and the Christmas masquerade :
ISBN: 0316798789. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. Boston :. ©1996

On a North Carolina plantation, a young slave girl's Christmas is brightened by the Johnkankus parade she witnesses as she waits for her parents to come home. In the times of slavery, young Irene Jennie hopes her parents, on loan to another plantation, will return for Christmas.

A strawbeater's thanksgiving /
ISBN: 0316798665. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. Boston :. 1998

Determined to be the strawbeater during the corn shucking party, Jess, a small young slave boy, wrestles a bigger, stronger boy for the honor.

Hopscotch love :
ISBN: 0688156673. OCLC Number:

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books,. New York :. ©1999.

A collection of more than twenty poems speaking of different kinds of love.

Double dutch and the voodoo shoes :
ISBN: 0516051334. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. 1991.

Two girls compete in a double dutch jump rope contest to prove who is the best jumper. Includes storytelling activities and a list of books on storytelling and folk tales.

'Twas the night b'fore Christmas :
ISBN: 0590739441. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 1996.

Presents a turn-of-the-century black family's encounter with St. Nick as he delivers his presents before flying off into the night.

Leola and the honeybears /
ISBN: 0590383582. OCLC Number:

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"With a large helping of rural Southern flavor, a classic nursery tale becomes a new adventure in an African-American version of Goldilocks and the three bears. Color illustrations throughout." -- From Lexile website.

Minnie saves the day /
ISBN: 0316756059. OCLC Number:

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Hester Merriweather's grandmother gives her a handmade rag doll that proves to be very special indeed. Includes historical background on Chicago's African-American community during the 1930s.


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