About Sal Barbera

Hello! I’m Sal Barbera, artist, author and illustrator of the children’s book series: A Sweetles Dream®.

I love to draw, especially on my iPad using an app called Procreate. I draw at home, or when I go somewhere like gardens, museums, parks…it’s fun!

Besides loving to cook (and sing) and make people laugh, I write stories that tackle difficult subjects with humor.

Humor is serious business. Sure, there’s simple comedy, like a pie in the face, but a lot of jokes use intelligent humor, and despite much reflection and experimentation—both in labs and on stages—no one has yet discovered a unified theory of hilarity. Which is just fine by me, because it works. I inject humor to give kids ideas on how to deal with tough situations using diplomacy, kindness and a sense of fun.

The story I wrote, Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow, gives examples of how to handle bullying and discrimination in order to make friends. You can pick it up on Amazon.

Ernie The Dysfunctional Frog is about the difficulties of ‘fitting in’- which adopted children and foster kids understand all too well. It shows the importance of friendship and family and how challenging it is for some to ‘fit in’ with their peers in looks, abilities and skills.

Mary Elizabeth The Spotless CowBook a visit!
School, library & group presentations.


Fees & Freebies:

Check out the Author School Visit page for fees. My book partner and sometimes my editor, enjoy doing presentations together, so you may get up to three presenters for the price of one! And, for every one hour presentation, I bring ONE FREE BOOK for your library!

About Presentations:

Along with a book reading there are Q&A’s, songs and demonstrations.
We present a wide variety of topics such as:

  • How to become an author/writer/illustrator
  • What is takes to write a book
  • How to create artwork and illustrations for books
  • What’s involved in publishing a book
  • What are the differences between print, apps and e-books

Each presentation includes an activity guide for teachers.


To arrange a school visit, presentation or interview:

Email: books @ sweetles.com
Phone: 480-513-0177 (this number rings publisher- Sweetles Press)
Mail: Sal Barbera, c/o Sweetles Press, Post Box 25263 Scottsdale AZ 85255 USA

Age Levels :

Youngster from 1-5 years old enjoy having the story read to them. Children from 6-10 yrs old really ‘get’ my stories and actively participate in reading, singing, role play and open Question & Answers after readings.
Reading Mary Elizabeth Book

About the Book Series:

A Sweetles Dream“® books series was created on the premise that Sweetles®, a little dog character, named after my own dog Max, sees something during the day that he needs to figure out. When he sleeps, he dreams up a solution to the situation he saw or encountered during the day.

A Sweetles Dream®

Mary Elizabeth The Spotless CowThe books include:

  • Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow (print and digital formats)
  • Ernie The Dysfunctional Frog  ( digital format)

Plus these new books are in production now:

  • James The Lost Homing Pigeon
  • Alfred The Flying Pig
  • Carina The Ballerina Javelina



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