Brandon Breen is a children’s writer and conservation biologist living in Ashland, Oregon. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Bates College and his master’s in Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, which involved a thesis studying turkey vultures in the Falkland Islands.
Brandon is a part-time contributor to The Mindful Birding Project, which aims to increase nature conservation contributions from America’s birdwatchers and birding festivals. In May 2020, the Project will release Season 1 of BIRD ALERT!, a cartoon adventure showcasing a bird’s point of view.
When not writing or reading, Brandon enjoys time in nature, especially backpacking. He is a national outings leader for the Sierra Club, and he and his dad have led multiple trips to a remote wilderness valley in the Yukon Territory, Canada (pictured below).
Brandon is currently seeking literary representation for his first children’s novel, The Lost Stories of Gander. He is also working on his second book, Aunt Grugger’s Strawberries.
Below are a few of Brandon’s literary heroes:
Kenneth Grahame (author of Wind in the Willows and The Reluctant Dragon) is notable for the beauty of his prose, and he excelled at sharing fun and humorous adventures with well-developed characters (e.g., the boastful Toad).
Roald Dahl (author of The BFG, Danny the Champion of the World, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and many more) tells stories crisply with well-chosen accompanying details, great pacing, no unnecessary material, and a flirtation with the horrifying and grotesque that shocks and entertains. He is among the very best storytellers.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (author of The Little Prince) combines a heartfelt yearning for love, gentleness, and understanding with an ability to write with exceptional emotional impact. It’s no wonder his The Little Prince is one of the bestselling books of all time.