Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction

Born: in Benton, Illinois



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


-- """Body of Work"""

-- *Prairie State for Excellence in Children�s Writing Award, Illinois Reading Council, 2014


-- """Ada Twist, Scientist"""

-- *New York Times #1 Bestseller

-- *Bestseller, Wall Street Journal

-- *Bestseller, USA Today

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017


-- """Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies"""

-- *Bank Street Best Books

-- *Gate City Book Award, Nashua, NH


-- """Doctor Ted"""

-- *Jr. Library Guild

-- *Gold medal, National Association of Parenting Publications

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014


-- """Dorko the Magnificent"""

-- *Young Hoosier Award - Intermediate, Indiana, 2015-16

-- *Starred Review, School Library Journal


-- """Firefighter Ted"""

-- *Gold Medal, NAPP National Association of Parenting Publications


-- """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


-- """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


-- """Secrets of the Cicada Summer"""

-- *Borders Original Voices

-- *Gold medal, National Association of Parenting Publications

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013


-- """Sofia Valdez, Future Prez"""

-- *New York Times #1 Bestseller

-- *USA Today Bestseller

-- *Wall Street Journal Bestseller

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020


-- """When Giants Come to Play"""

-- *Barbara Karlin Honor, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators