Brenda has been writing and illustrating children's books for over 20 years. Though she did not imagine becoming an author as a child, she did relish the idea of studying animals and exploring remote jungles.
Her fascination with science as a student now shines through as young readers explore everything from chattering rainforests to the inside of a cactus to the solitude of a lighthouse. Brenda's books combine the beauty of language and art with valuable lessons important to our connection not only with each other but the world around us.
Enjoy exploring the worlds Brenda has created. Follow the links to learn more about the author, her published works and fun ways her books can be brought to life in the classroom.
Brenda's Quick Facts
Where did you grow up?
Mostly outdoors, along the Columbia River in eastern Washington, swimming or looking for artifacts, rocks and birds.
What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
The idea came from reading stacks and stacks of books to my son. The details came from a trip into the wetlands of Louisiana where we saw alligators, spoonbills and a beautiful sunset.
Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
I write for the child in me, the one who thrives on adventure and surprises, on learning new things, on understanding and being understood.
What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
I am just glad that there is a wonderful variety of books about so many things. I am working my way through reading them. As a child, I loved the Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett . It was spellbinding and mysterious, hopeful and full of change, part science and part fairy tale.
What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
Getting together with friends and family, hiking, kayaking, watching birds, bugs and the weather.
What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
Explore, and look closely.