A Forest in the City

My new nonfiction picture book for young readers, A Forest in the City, is published by 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 thinking and writing about trees for a long time. Check out my first magazine feature about treeplanting here!

And I’ve recently published a piece about my experience trying out forest bathing in Chatelaine.

I’m delighted that it 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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Big Water

Watch the handmade book trailer for my first YA novel by clicking here.

Reading at the Word on the Street Popup in Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto

Eat this!

Eat this! How fast food marketing gets you to buy junk (and how to fight back) is published by Red Deer Press. Ask for it at great bookstores near you!

It was named one of the BEST BOOKS of 2018 by BOTH Kirkus Review and the School Library Journal! It is also an Ontario Library Association Best Bet—one of a handful of books chosen as the best of the year—and is nominated for a Red Cedar Book Award, an award that is chosen by children. The Forest Kid Committee also selected Eat this! for its summer reading list, 2019.

Read my interview with The Lunch Tray’s Bettina Elias Siegel here. Or check out the Q&A I did with Malcolm Jolley at Good Food Revolution. It also got a starred review in Kirkus and School Library Journal and was highly recommended as “Red Leaf Literature” in the Canadian Children’s Book News!

Here’s what people are saying about it!

“Kids need to know the truth about junk food, and understand the millions of ways it’s pushed on them – everyday. Andrea’s fun and accessible book gives them the tools to fight back!”—Jamie Oliver, MBE, world-renowned chef and food campaigner

“The title says it all. This is the first and only children’s book to tell the awful truth about the way our kids are assaulted by rapacious marketers. But, most importantly, Andrea manages to tell the story to the kids themselves. Next she needs to figure out how to explain it to two-year-olds.”—Mark Bittman, best-selling author of How to Cook Everything

“Copious kid-friendly information on a vitally important topic, stylishly presented, makes this book essential. Knowledge is power.”—starred Kirkus Review

“Plenty of empowerment value and appeal for young readers and others. It could be easily incorporated into any math, sociology, or marketing class.”— Children’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

Ask for it at your favourite indie bookstore or order the book here.

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For adults

I also write award-winning books and magazine articles for adults. I’m interested in everything from food and politics to architecture and health.

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