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I’m Andrea Curtis, a writer in Toronto, Canada. I write books for kids, young adults and grownups, too. My work has been published all over the world. My latest book, City of Neighbors (Groundwood), is available now. I had three other books for young readers come out in the last couple of years: City Streets are for People and  City of Water from Groundwood, and Barnaby from Owlkids. I am also the author of  A Forest in the City about the beauty and benefits of trees in the city, and the young adult novel Big Water based on the true story of a pair of teenage shipwreck survivors. I live in Toronto with my family.
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City of Neighbors, the fourth book in the ThinkCities series is available now! Illustrated by Katy Dockrill, it explores placemaking initiatives all over the world, and how we can work together to make our cities great—safer, greener, cleaner and more accessible for everyone. Kirkus calls it “A lively exposition of creative community-building projects.” Canadian Review of Materials gave it five stars and said, “City of Neighbors is an outstanding narrative nonfiction book to inspire community action and galvanize positive change. Highly Recommended.”

City Streets are for People is on the Kobo Best of the Year list for children’s literature! It has also been named as one of the Top 10 Books on Environment and Sustainability for youth by Booklist. It’s available now both digitally and in hard copy at your favourite indie bookstores! *Streets* is the third book in the Groundwood ThinkCities series about urban systems and sustainability. It’s illustrated by Emma FitzGerald and Kirkus calls it “an empowering look at reclaiming urban areas… for a better quality of life and a greener future.” Check out the free parent and teacher resources here.

I also released three other new books for young readers in the last few years.

City of Water, illustrated by Katy Dockrill, is the second in the ThinkCities series. It was awarded with the influential Junior Library Guild Gold Standard seal and was recently published in German, and is coming out soon in South Korea, Turkey and Taiwan. You can also read my short piece about wandering the ravines, inspired by researching this book.

Barnaby is illustrated by Kass Reich and it’s my first fiction picture book to be published by Owlkids Books! It’s been published in the Netherlands and will be coming out soon in Turkey. Watch for it at bookstores or order now!

A Forest in the City came out in 2020 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. It’s also published in South Korea, and for Scholastic book clubs in the U.S.A and will be out soon in Turkey and Taiwan.

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. And you can listen here for an interview with me on CBC’s Metro Morning talking about my favourite tree!

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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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