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General Information

Name:  Andrea Beaty  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: in Benton, Illinois

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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

  • When Giants Come to Play, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006
  • Iggy Peck, Architect, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007
  • Doctor Ted, Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008
  • Secrets of the Cicada Summer, Amulet Books, 2008
  • Hush Baby Ghostling, Margaret K. McElderry, 2009
  • Firefighter Ted, Margaret K. McElderry, 2009
  • Attack of The Fluffy Bunnies, Amulet Books, 2010
  • Hide and Sheep, Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2011
  • Artist Ted, Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2012
  • Dorko the Magnificent, Abrams, 2013
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer, Abrams, 2013
  • Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau, Abrams, 2014
  • Fluffy Bunnies II: The Schnoz of Doom, Abrams, 2015
  • Ada Twist, Scientist, Abrams, 2016
  • Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers, Abrams, 2017
  • Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects, Abrams, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

When giants come to play /
ISBN: 0810957590. OCLC Number:

Abrams Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2006.

Anna spends her days in the company of gentle giants.

Iggy Peck, architect /
ISBN: 081091106X. OCLC Number:

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Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.

Dr. Ted /
ISBN: 1416928200. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2008.

After bumping his knee one morning, Ted decides to become a doctor, but he has only one problem--he has no patients.

Secrets of the Cicada summer /
ISBN: 0810994720. OCLC Number:

Amulet Books,. New York :. 2008.

Twelve-year-old Lily mourns her brother, and has not spoken since the accident she feels she could have prevented, but the summer Tinny comes to town she is the only one who realizes Lily's secret.

Hush, Baby Ghostling /
ISBN: 1416925457. OCLC Number:

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. New York :. 2009.

At bedtime, a mother ghost reassures her child that there is nothing to fear in their haunted home, especially not humans, since they are make-believe.

Firefighter Ted /
ISBN: 1416928219. OCLC Number:

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. New York :. ©2009.

When Ted awakens to the smell of smoke and cannot find a firefighter, he decides to become one for the day, much to the dismay of his mother, neighbors, principal, and classmates.

Attack of the fluffy bunnies /
ISBN: 0810984164. OCLC Number:

Amulet Books,. New York :. 2010.

At Camp Whatsitooya, twins Joules and Kevin and new friend Nelson face off against large, rabbit-like creatures from the Mallow Galaxy who thrive on sugar, but are not above hypnotizing and eating human campers.

Hide and sheep /
ISBN: 1416925449. OCLC Number:

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. New York :. ©2011.

Farmer McFitt must round up his sheep, which have strayed all over town, in order to shear them to make wool so that he can knit clothing.

Artist Ted /
ISBN: 1416953744. OCLC Number:

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. New York :. ©2012.

Ted decides that his bedroom, as well as his school, needs the touch of an artist and when he cannot fine one, he becomes one for the day, to the dismay of his mother, principal, and a new classmate, Pierre.

Dorko the magnificent /
ISBN: 1419706381. OCLC Number:

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Robbie Darko is an old-school, pull-a-rabbit-out-of-your-hat-style magician, but despite his best efforts, something always goes wrong with his tricks until crotchety Grandma Melvyn moves in and teaches him something about the true meaning of magic.

Rosie Revere, engineer /
ISBN: 1419708457. OCLC Number:

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Where some people see rubbish, Rosie Revere 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 who shows her that a first flop isn't something to fear - it's something to celebrate.

Happy birthday Madame Chapeau /
ISBN: 1419712195. OCLC Number:

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When a crow flies off with her birthday bonnet as she walks to dinner, Madame Chapeau chases the thief through the streets of Paris while admirers offer her replacement hats, but none seem quite right until someone offers a special gift.

The Schnoz of Doom /
ISBN: 1419710516. OCLC Number:

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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. OCLC Number:

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Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.

Rosie Revere's big project book for bold engineers /
ISBN: 1419719106. OCLC Number:

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"This is an illustrated book of projects and activities and general information to get young children interested in engineering. It is written by Andrea Beaty, the author of the picture book ROSIE REVERE. It is illustrated by David Roberts, the illustrator of the picture book ROSIE REVERE. It is 96 pages and has full-color illustrations."--

Iggy Peck's big project book for amazing architects /
ISBN: 1419718924. OCLC Number:

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"Creativity meets curiosity and critical thinking in this project book from the #1 New York Times bestselling team behind Iggy Peck, Architect, Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Ada Twist, Scientist. Iggy Peck takes readers through more than 40 exciting STEM and design projects and activities, from drafting and doodling to building and blueprints. Aspiring architects and young dreamers of all kinds 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 illustration that made Iggy Peck, Architect a hit, the project book will appeal to fans who are craving more from Miss Greer's clever class"--


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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