The Plaid Horse Managing Editor Rennie Dyball Wins Bookstagang 2023 Best Read Aloud Award

December 11, 2023 – The Plaid Horse managing editor Rennie Dyball won a Bookstagang 2023 award for Best Read Aloud, announced earlier this month. 

Her winning title, B IS FOR BELLIES: A CELEBRATION OF EVERY BODY is a picture book that celebrates body positivity for children. The bouncy, rhyming text, along with the inclusive, vibrant illustrations have made this book a favorite among readers of all ages.

“When I first wrote this book a few years ago, I wanted to start the body positivity and body acceptance conversation earlier with children,” says Dyball. “What would happen if we plant those seeds earlier? What if our kids could grow up accepting and appreciating themselves exactly as they are?”

In addition to her editor role at The Plaid Horse, Dyball has written many of the brand’s titles. She co-authors the SHOW STRIDES series with publisher Piper Klemm, which was acquired by Andrews McMeel Universal earlier this year in a seven-book deal.

AMU will re-release SHOW STRIDES books 1-5, packed with dozens of brand-new illustrations, in addition to publishing the forthcoming books 6 and 7. 

Dyball also co-authored WITH PURPOSE: THE BALMORAL STANDARD with Carleton and Traci Brooks, a hit with equestrians of all ages. She is currently working on an adult nonfiction collaboration and has several other works in progress.

In addition to writing and editing, Dyball competes as an equestrian in the adult hunter and equitation divisions with Urban Ridge Farm in Greenspring Valley, MD.