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Name:  Andrea Beaty  

Pen Name: None

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Audience: Children;

Born: in Benton, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Beaty was born in Benton and currently resides in Naperville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Andrea Beaty is a New York Times bestselling children's author who was raised in a small southern Illinois town, where her family ran a tiny grocery store. When she wasn’t roaming the nearby fields with her brothers and sisters, she was reading Nancy Drew mysteries up in the branches of a maple tree. Beaty attended Southern Illinois University and studied Biology and Computer Science. After that, she worked for a computer software company where she helped people with their computer problems and did some technical writing. She attributes her tech writing as great training for writing for kids because it taught her to be a "fierce self-editor".


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

When Giants Come to Play
ISBN: 0810957590

Harry N. Abrams. 2006

A whimsical story of imagination and friendship, illustrated by one of the most respected illustrators of our time.

In this beautifully written, lyrical text, a little girl named Anna enjoys a day with some unusual playmates, a pair of giants who visit only "when the sun shines just so and the wind blows like this and that on its way to somewhere else." The giants adapt familiar childhood games to suit their size, giving acclaimed illustrator Kevin Hawkes opportunities to play with scale, and the premise is the perfect platform for his quintessential, "larger-than-life" characters.

From Clifford, the Big Red Dog to Danny and the Dinosaur, the idea of a giant friend who helps you do things you couldn't do yourself is a classic, much-loved children's book theme. Humorous and a little wistful, When Giants Come to Play is a celebration of the power of imagination and friendship that could become a classic.

Iggy Peck, Architect
ISBN: 081091106X

Abrams Books for Young Readers. 2007

This beloved New York Times bestselling picture book is a fun-filled, inspiring story about the power of teamwork and the importance of celebrating individual gifts and self-expression.

And now you can follow Iggy’s further adventures—with his friends Rosie Revere and Ada Twist—in the instant New York Times bestseller Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, an all-new chapter book starring The Questioneers!

Some kids sculpt sand castles. Some make mud pies. Some construct great block towers. But none are better at building than Iggy Peck, who once erected a life-size replica of the Great Sphinx on his front lawn! It’s too bad that few people appreciate Iggy’s talent—certainly not his second-grade teacher, Miss Lila Greer. It looks as if Iggy will have to trade in his T square for a box of crayons . . . until a fateful field trip proves just how useful a mast builder can be.

Collect them all! Add these other STEM favorites from #1 New York Times bestselling team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts to your family library today!

Rosie Revere, Engineer
Ada Twist, Scientist
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters
Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants
Ada Twist’s Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists
Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects
Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

Doctor Ted
ISBN: 1416928200

Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2008

A bump on his knee,
a class full of sniffles,
a principal with foot odor
and not a doctor to be found...

Ted knows it is time to become Doctor Ted.

Well, what else is a bear to do?

Secrets of the Cicada Summer
ISBN: 0810994720

Amulet Books. 2008

From a debut novelist, a heroine who will make you laugh, and will break your heart.

Eleven-year-old Lily has a passion for Nancy Drew stories and a secret she is keeping from those she loves. When summer brings lying, stealing, sneaky Tinny Bridges to town, Lily must be on her guard with this perceptive newcomer, or risk having her secret revealed. But Tinny won’t leave Lily alone. She takes candy from the general store and blames Lily. She tries to steal Lily’s friends and even her father’s affection. Then Tinny goes missing, and only watchful, mystery-loving Lily has any idea what happened to her. But for Lily, finding Tinny means confronting her hidden past.

Funny, poignant, and peopled with memorable characters, this first novel announces a writer of great warmth and talent.

Hush, Baby Ghostling
ISBN: 1416925457

Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2009

When the sun begins to rise, it’s time for Baby Ghostling to sleep. But sleeping is hard when your head is filled with scary thoughts of human children! All of the elements of a classic good-night story are turned on their heads as Mama comforts her ghostling with thoughts of owls and bats and monsters. Young children will delight in seeing their bedtime rituals turned upside down. With gentle humor and glowing illustrations in the hues of dawn, this is a lullaby that any child—ghost or human—will look forward to hearing before bed.

Firefighter Ted
ISBN: 1416928219

Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2009

Burning toast, a sizzling sidewalk, volcanoes erupting at a science fair.... Danger lurks everywhere, and not a firefighter to be found.... Ted knows it is time to become Firefighter Ted. It's the least a helpful bear can do.

Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies
ISBN: 0810984164

Harry N. Abrams. 2010

When Joules and Kevin Rockman’s parents drop them off at Camp Whatsitooya on their way to an International Spamathon, the twins expect a summer of marshmallows, campfires, and canoe trips. What they do not expect is to defend the earth from an invasion of sugar-addicted, murderous, seven-foot-tall rabbits from another galaxy. Happily, the Rockman twins, veteran watchers of the Late, Late, Late Creepy Show for Insomniacs, are unusually well-prepared for dealing with monstrous beings from outer space. If only their fellow campers were so lucky.

Andrea Beaty, author of several very funny picture books and a mysterious novel, here reaches new heights of hilarity and verbal dexterity in a novel sure to become a camp—ba-dum-dum—classic.

Hide and Sheep
ISBN: 1416925449

Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2011

Farmer McFitt’s mischievous sheep have escaped! Who wants to stay on the farm when they could be shot out of a cannon at the circus or go surfing at the beach—they even pose as art in a museum! Can Farmer McFitt round up this rowdy bunch in time for a wooly surprise?

This rollicking, rhyming read-aloud will become a favorite counting and bedtime book for parents and kids. Bill Mayer’s energetic, expressive sheep are adorably silly, and his pictures are chock-full of hilarious details kids will love.

Artist Ted
ISBN: 1416953744

Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2012

Ted paints his way into trouble—and a new friendship—in this comic adventure.

One morning, Ted realizes that his room needs a little pizzazz—and for that he needs an artist. Of course, when Ted can’t find an artist, he becomes one! Ted uses his homemade brush and paints to create a portrait of his mom and spruce up the school hallways…until he accidentally hurts the new student’s feelings. Then, once again, it’s Ted to the rescue as the whole school makes their new friend feel welcome.

With crisp, catchy text from a master wordsmith and bright, bold artwork, Artist Ted is a fantastic read-aloud addition to any young artist’s palette.

Dorko the Magnificent
ISBN: 1419706381

Harry N. Abrams. 2013

Robbie Darko is a magician. An old-school, pull-a-rabbit-out-of-your-hat-style magician. Robbie loves magic and he’s good at it―sort of. Despite his best efforts, passion, and practice, something always goes wrong with his tricks, landing Robbie in trouble. Enter crotchety Grandma Melvyn, who calls everyone “Trixie” and complains about everything. When Grandma Melvyn moves in and takes over his room, Robbie discovers that she was once an internationally renowned magician and learns about the heartache that turned her into a bitter woman. Against all odds, Robbie and Grandma Melvyn form an uneasy alliance to show the world―or at least the kids of Hobson Elementary School―that he is a true magician. Shortly after a successful talent show, Grandma Melvyn performs a final disappearing act, and Robbie learns a little about the true meaning of magic.
Written with pitch-perfect middle-grade humor and unforgettable characters, this gem of a novel will stay with readers long after Dorko the Magnificent has taken his final bow.

Praise for Dorko the Magnificent
"A young would-be magician gets lessons in both stagecraft and life from a crusty elder... the supporting characters steal the show."
Kirkus Reviews

"Short chapters keep the story moving. Robbie has impressive determination, but it is Grandma Melvyn who is the star in this moving story."
Booklist

"Satisfying and enjoyable, Dorko will engage reluctant and voracious readers alike."
School Library Journal

"
A thoroughly likable middle-grade novel, offering a blend of poignancy and giggle-worthy humor, this book is a solid back-to-school read."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Literature circles would work well with this title that deals with alienation, friendship, family, reconciliation, and death."
Library Media Connection

Rosie Revere, Engineer
ISBN: 1419708457

Harry N. Abrams. 2013

The beloved New York Times bestselling picture book about pursuing one’s passion with persistence and learning to celebrate each failure on the road to achieving one’s dreams.

And now you can follow Rosie’s further adventures—with her friends Iggy Peck and Ada Twist—in the instant New York Times bestseller Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, the first in a BRAND-NEW chapter book series, The Questioneers!

Rosie Revere dreamed of becoming a great engineer. Where some people see rubbish, Rosie sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy Rosie constructs great inventions from odds and ends. Hot dog dispensers, helium pants, python-repelling cheese hats: Rosie’s gizmos would astound—if she ever let anyone see them.

Afraid of failure, she hides them away under her bed. Until a fateful visit from her great-great-aunt Rose (AKA Rosie the Riveter!), who shows her that the first flop isn’t something to fear—it’s something to celebrate. And you can only truly fail, if you quit.

Collect them all! Add these other STEM favorites from #1 New York Times bestselling team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts to your family library today!

Ada Twist, Scientist
Iggy Peck, Architect
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters
Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants
Ada Twist’s Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists
Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects
Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

Praise for Rosie Revere, Engineer
"Comically detailed mixed-media illustrations that keep the mood light and emphasize Rosie’s creativity at every turn."
—Publishers Weekly
"The detritus of Rosie’s collections is fascinating, from broken dolls and stuffed animals to nails, tools, pencils, old lamps and possibly an erector set. And cheddar-cheese spray."
—Kirkus Reviews
"This celebration of creativity and perseverance is told through rhyming text, which gives momentum and steady pacing to a story, consistent with the celebration of its heroine, Rosie. She’s an imaginative thinker who hides her light under a bushel (well, really, the bed) after being laughed at for one of her inventions."
—Booklist

Award
2013 Parents' Choice Award - GOLD
2014 Amelia Bloomer Project List
ReadBoston's Best Read Aloud Book

Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
ISBN: 1419712195

Harry N. Abrams. 2014

In a three-story house with a shop down below,

lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.

Like the Lady herself, all her hats were refined.

Brilliantly singular. One of a kind.

So begins the tale of a lonely hat maker who matches customers to the perfect hat but lacks her own perfect match in life. Once a year, on her birthday, Madame Chapeau ventures out in her favorite bonnet to dinner. This time, a crow snatches her hat and flies away. Mon dieu! As she chases the crow through the streets of Paris, a baker, a policeman, a cowboy, and others offer her their own hats to wear. None of them are quite right, though, until one special little girl offers her a hat "knitted with love and [her] best birthday wish."

From the bestselling team behind Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer comes this delightful and very stylish story about love, community, and friendship, with some fancy hats thrown in for good measure.

Praise for Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
"Beaty carries the bounces and lilts to the very last page. Roberts' colorful, exaggerated hats (many of which are modeled on real designs) whimsically adorn the multicultural Parisian public."
--Kirkus Reviews

Fluffy Bunnies 2: The Schnoz of Doom
ISBN: 1419710516

Harry N. Abrams. 2015

Film-loving twins Joules and Kevin face new evil bunnies from outer space when odorous extraterrestrials that use "smellepathy" to control their prey's brain arrive to conquer the world.

Ada Twist, Scientist
ISBN: 1419721372

Harry N. Abrams. 2016

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller

Inspired by real-life makers Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, this beloved #1 bestseller champions STEM, girl power and women scientists in a rollicking celebration of curiosity, the power perseverance, and the importance of asking “Why?”


Don't miss Ada’s further adventures—with her friends Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere—in the instant New York Times bestseller Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, the first all-new chapter book starring The Questioneers!

Ada Twist’s head is full of questions. Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie—stars of their own New York Times bestselling picture books Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer—Ada has always been endlessly curious. Even when her fact-finding missions and elaborate scientific experiments don’t go as planned, Ada learns the value of thinking her way through problems and continuing to stay curious.

Collect them all! Add these other STEM favorites from #1 New York Times bestselling team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts to your family library today!

Rosie Revere, Engineer
Iggy Peck, Architect
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters
Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants
Ada Twist’s Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists
Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects
Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers
ISBN: 1419719106

Harry N. Abrams. 2017

40+ things to invent, draw, and make!

Featuring art from the beloved New York Times bestselling picture book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, this activity book contains kid-friendly projects of all kinds and is the perfect gift for curious young readers! Soon enough they’ll be engineering whizzes just like Rosie, and along the way she’ll reassure them that failure, flops, mess-ups and cross-outs are part of the process.

Do you like to make things? Dream up gadgets to improve your life and the lives of others? Then you are ready to join Rosie Revere and become a great engineer! Engineering is persevering, and this book is the perfect place for trying out, crossing out, and trying again.

And now you can follow Rosie’s further adventures—with her friends Iggy Peck and Ada Twist—in the instant New York Times bestseller Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, an all-new chapter book starring The Questioneers!

Collect them all! Add these other STEM favorites from #1 New York Times bestselling team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts to your family library today!

Rosie Revere, Engineer
Ada Twist, Scientist
Iggy Peck, Architect
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters
Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants
Ada Twist’s Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists
Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects

Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects
ISBN: 1419718924

Harry N. Abrams. 2017

Creativity meets curiosity and critical thinking in Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects, the new hands-on STEM project book from the #1 New York Times bestselling team behind Iggy Peck, Architect Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist.

Iggy Peck has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials—who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? This empowering workbook book features art and the characters from the picture book Iggy Peck, Architect, and it will inspire young readers with activities of all kinds.
Iggy Peck takes readers through more than forty exciting STEM and design projects, from drafting and doodling to building and blueprints. Aspiring architects and young dreamers will get a sense of the unique mix of science, technology, and art skills used to create lasting structures. Packed with the same quirky humor and gorgeous illustrations that made Iggy Peck, Architect a favorite with kids, parents, and educators, the project book will appeal to fans who crave more from Miss Lila Greer’s clever class.
In this interactive activity book, kids will have the chance to:
  • Imagine a brand-new cityscape
  • Invent energy-saving gizmos
  • Design a dwelling on Mars
  • Draw a gargoyle
  • Build a bridge out of marshmallows and spaghetti
  • And much more!
Iggy Peck, Rosie Revere, and Ada Twist have earned their places among the most beloved children’s book characters, and they have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams and passions. In Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects, the follow-up to Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers, kids will continue their STEM education and strengthen their spatial reasoning skills. Old fans and new readers alike will find inspiration and encouragement from everyone’s favorite precocious young architect, Iggy Peck.


Awards

Body of Work

  • Prairie State for Excellence in Childrens Writing Award, Illinois Reading Council, 2014
  • When Giants Come to Play

  • Barbara Karlin Honor, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Iggy Peck, Architect

  • Silver Honor, Parents' Choice
  • Top Ten Children's Picture Books, Time Magazine
  • Top 10, Architect World
  • Friends of American Writers
  • Best Book, Bank Street College
  • Doctor Ted

  • Jr. Library Guild
  • Gold medal, National Association of Parenting Publications
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014
  • Secrets of the Cicada Summer

  • Borders Original Voices
  • Gold medal, National Association of Parenting Publications
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013
  • Firefighter Ted

  • Gold Medal, NAPP National Association of Parenting Publications
  • Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies

  • Bank Street Best Books
  • Gate City Book Award, Nashua, NH
  • Dorko the Magnificent

  • Young Hoosier Award - Intermediate, Indiana, 2015-16
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • iTunes Top 10 Children's Books
  • Red Book Top 15 Children's Books
  • Geek Dad Best Books of Year
  • Great Lakes Great Reads Award, 2015
  • Amelia Bloomer Project, American Library Association, 2014
  • Reading is Fundamental Multicultural Collection
  • Parents' Choice Gold Medal
  • Short List, Little Rebels Children's Book Award
  • Missouri Preliminary Show Me State Award, 2015
  • ReadBoston Read Aloud Winner, 2013
  • Ada Twist, Scientist

  • New York Times #1 Bestseller
  • Bestseller, Wall Street Journal
  • Bestseller, USA Today
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

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