Brandeis was best known for her "Children of America" and "Children of All Lands" series of books. Most of the fictional stories included photographs taken by the author, with child actors as the books' characters.
She was also a founder of The Little Players' Film Co., with offices in New York and Chicago, which featured casts composed almost entirely of children. She personally wrote and directed the feature The Star Prince in 1918, released in 1920 as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Brandeis was born as Madeline Frank in San Francisco. She died in Gallup, New Mexico, of injuries suffered in an automobile accident two weeks earlier while she and her daughter, Marie, were driving from New York to Los Angeles.
- The Little Indian Weaver (1928), Grosset & Dunlap, 134 pages
- Shaun O'Day of Ireland (1929)
- The Wee Scotch Piper (1929)
- Little Jeanne of France (1929)
- The Little Swiss Wood Carver (1929)
- The Little Dutch Tulip Girl (1929)
- Little Philippe of Belgium (1930)
- Little Anne of Canada (1931)
- The Little Mexican Donkey Boy (1931)
- Jack of the Circus (1931)
- The All Wrong Book (1932)
- Yankee Doodle's Adventures (1932)
- Carmen of the Golden Coast (1933) +
- Mitz and Fritz of Germany (1933)
- Little Tony of Italy (1934)
- Little Tom of England (1935)
- Little Rose of the Mesa (1935) +
- Little John of New England (1936) +
- The Little Spanish Dancer (1936)
- Little Farmer of the Middle West (1937) +
- Adventure in Hollywood (1937)
- Little Erik of Sweden (1938)
+ Works whose U.S. copyrights were renewed.
- American Authors and Books: 1640 to the present day. 3rd revised edition. By W.J. Burke and Will D. Howe. Revised by Irving Weiss and Anne Weiss. New York: Crown Publishers, 1972.
- Who Was Who Among North American Authors, 1921–1939. Detroit: Gale Research, 1976.
- "Woman Author Injured", The New York Times, June 16, 1937, p. 25.
- "Mrs. Madeline Brandeis", The New York Times, June 29, 1937, p. 21.
- U.S. Census, March 15, 1910. State of California, County of San Francisco, enumeration district 275, p. 9-B, family 132.