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I’m Andrea Curtis, a writer in Toronto, Canada. I create works for kids, young adults and grownups, too. My latest children’s book is  A Forest in the City, about the beauty and benefits of trees in the city. It’s part of the ThinkCities series on sustainability and urban systems. I have two new books for young readers coming out in 2021. I’ve also written the young adult novel Big Water based on the true story of a pair of teenage shipwreck survivors, as well two books about food issues for children. I live in Toronto with my family.
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My new nonfiction picture book for young readers, A Forest in the City, is just out from Groundwood Books. With beautiful illustrations by the prolific, award-winning artist Pierre Pratt, it’s an ode to the trees that make our cities sing.

As a former treeplanter and longtime tree lover, I’ve been writing and thinking about trees for a very long time. Check out my first magazine feature about treeplanting here; or my piece about the threats to Toronto’s urban forest here. I’ve also written about my experience forest bathing here.

To spread the love for city trees, I’ve started a social media campaign encouraging kids and adults to write letters of thanks to their favourite city trees. See my Instagram or follow #notetoatree on social for some of the amazing letters. Teachers and parents: please click below for a craft tutorial related to the campaign!

I’m thrilled that A Forest in the City will be the first in a series of books about sustainability and changing urban systems called ThinkCities.

Next up: City of Water (spring 2021).
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Visit for more information on Andrea’s writing for grownups.

Check out this amazing Toronto organization where I am a board member and ran a weekly creative writing workshop for Grade 6 kids for nine years.
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