Melodye Rosales

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General Information

Name: Melodye Rosales

Pen Name: None

Born: in Los Angeles, California



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


  • 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 Grimes

Author 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

Titles at Your Library

Beans on the Roof

ISBN: 0370312570
Release Date: 1988-10-15

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38 Weeks Till Summer Vacation

ISBN: 0590440187
Release Date: 1991

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Kwanzaa (Easy Reading Holiday Books)

ISBN: 0516039911
Release Date: 1990-07-01

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Corey's Dad Drinks Too Much (An Eager Reader)

ISBN: 0842302239
Release Date: 1991-08-01

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Meet Addy (American Girl Collection)

ISBN: 1562470760
Release Date: 1993-09-01

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Addy Learns a Lesson: A School Story (American Girl Collection)

ISBN: 1562470787
Release Date: 1993-09-01

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Addy's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girl Collection)

ISBN: 1562470809
Release Date: 1993-10-01

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On the Day I Was Born

ISBN: 0590476092
Release Date: 1995-10-01

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A Strawbeater's Thanksgiving

ISBN: 0316798665
Release Date: 1998-09-01

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Hopscotch Love: A Family Treasury of Love Poems

ISBN: 0688156673
Release Date: 1999-01-27

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Double Dutch and the Voodoo Shoes (Adventures in Storytelling)

ISBN: 0516051334
Release Date: 1991-06-01

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Twas the Night Before Christmas: An African-american Version

ISBN: 0590739441
Release Date: 1996-10-01

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Minnie Saves the Day : The Adventures of Minnie

ISBN: 0316756059
Release Date: 2001-04-01

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Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Melodye Rosales on WorldCat


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