Replay the Boolean Girl Ambassador program special event with New York Times best-selling author Andrea Beaty. After reading from her book “One Girl”, Andrea spent an inspiring hour with Boolean Girls from across the United States, engaging their many questions, sparking curiosity and conversation, and imparting enduring life lessons to her eager followers. Watch this video from the event and you’ll learn why she’s accumulated thousands of young fans over the years.
Andrea Beaty is the author of Rosie Revere, Engineer, Ada Twist, Scientist, Sofia Valdez, Future Prez and many other amazing children’s books. Her book Ada Twist, has just been optioned by Netflix for a tv series to be produced in part by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground Productions.
I was raised in southern Illinois in a town so small I knew everybody and their pets. And they all knew me. I was one of six kids and we spent our summer days traipsing through the fields and forests hunting for adventure. We often found it. And sometimes it found us. Always, it was fun and often, we laughed so hard we blew Orange Crush or Grape Nehi Soda out our noses. I still avoid Grape Nehi … just in case.
I was a big reader as a kid and LOVED Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon Mysteries. Then I moved on to Agatha Christie books and then the classics. Don’t tell anyone, but my secret ambition is to
star in a Broadway musical and I am often tempted to break into song and dance at very odd moments. Mostly in the frozen food section of my grocery store. They have very good lighting.
I attended Southern Illinois University and studied Biology and Computer Science. After that, I worked for a computer software company. I helped people with their computer problems (“Did
you try turning it off and on again?”) and some technical writing.
I didn’t know at the time, but tech writing was great training for writing for kids because it taught me to be a fierce self-editor.