Elizabeth Dale always dreamed of being a writer but somehow got sidetracked into pursuing a degree in physics. When her children were born, she returned to her dream and wrote short stories for teenage and women’s magazines all over the world. But as she started reading to her daughters and was reminded just how wonderful children’s books are, she turned to writing them. She has had more than sixty books published, ranging from board books to middle-grade fiction. But her greatest love is picture books.
Her picture book When Betsy Came to Babysit was read on national television in the U.K., and Off to Market, was a runner-up in the Dundee Picture Book Awards. Her latest picture book, Nothing Can Frighten a Bear is being sold in thirteen countries, including Australia, China, and Russia, as well as here at Candlewick. Inspired by this story, she went on a bear hunt in the Rocky Mountains – and was rather worried when she was the last in the group going through the woods. She was quite relieved not to find any bears!
Her most recent picture books are The Great Santa Mix-up and Scary Mary.
Elizabeth Dale lives in a village in southern England. Her books have been inspired by her own children and those she meets, and by revisiting the child within — who fortunately is never that far away! Having seen the wonderful life she leads, sitting on the sofa, laptop on knee, sipping tea, eating cake, and gazing out of the window while mulling over plots, two of her daughters have grown up to be children’s authors, too.