About Sal Barbera

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

I write stories that tackle difficult subjects by using humor. Humor is serious business. Sure, there’s simple comedy like a pie in the face, but a lot of jokes display real intellect, and despite much reflection and experimentation—both in labs and on stages—no one has yet discovered a unified theory of hilarity. But it works. I inject humor to give children ideas on how to deal with tough situations using diplomacy, kindness and a sense of humor.

For example, the story of Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow shows how to handle bullying and discrimination in order to make friends.

Ernie The Dysfunctional Frog is a story about the difficulties of ‘fitting in’. It shows the importance of friendship and family and how challenging it is for some to ‘fit in’ with their peers 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 1749 Cave Creek AZ 85327-1749 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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