City Streets are for People, the 3rd book in the Groundwood Books ThinkCities series is coming out in Spring 2022. Beautifully illustrated by Emma FitzGerald (Hand Drawn Halifax, Hand Drawn Vancouver), it’s about sustainable transportation and how people all over the world are reclaiming our streets. Available for preorder now! Ask your local bookstore to bring it in.
I have two new books for young people out this year. Available now.
Illustrated by Katy Dockrill, City of Water is the second in the ThinkCities series from Groundwood Books. Aimed at 8-12 year olds, it tells the story of how water gets to our cities and what we need to do to preserve this precious, finite resource. It’s been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection! Order now or ask your favourite bookshop to bring it in! I also wrote an essay about how I started exploring the ravines and water systems in my own city inspired by my research for this book. Check it out here.
Barnaby is illustrated by Kass Reich and it’s my first fiction picture book to be published by Owlkids Books! I’ve been working on this book for years and I’m so excited to see it finally come to life. Barnaby tells the tale of a vain little blue budgie who flies away, only to discover there’s no place like home. Watch for it at bookstores or order now! Read the starred Kirkus review here!
A Forest in the City
A Forest in the City came out in 2020 and 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. It received a Skipping Stones Honor Award in 2021.
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!
I also published a piece about my experience trying out forest bathing in Chatelaine.
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. Listen here for an interview on CBC’s Metro Morning about my favourite tree! See my Instagram for some of the amazing letters or follow #notetoatree on social. Teachers and parents: click below for a craft tutorial related to the campaign.
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.
I also write award-winning books and magazine articles for adults. I’m interested in everything from food and politics to architecture and health.