For 35 years I have worked as a professional writer with a specialty in Children’s Literature. I've authored over 30 books in a variety of genres, plus plays, films, radio and TV scripts, and numerous articles for magazines.
Life as a writer has been terrific fun. Writing has allowed me to follow and research a multitude of interests, travel the length and breadth of Canada, and visit many other fascinating places around the world. My writing has been recognized with a plethora of awards, award nominations and shortlists, but the one I am most proud of is the recognition for my children’s picture book Me and Mr Mah (beautifully illustrated by Janet Wilson). It was chosen for the Dalai Lama’s list of books that promote Cultural tolerance and understanding; something I care deeply about and a theme that is found in many of my stories.
Since 1980, writing has been my passion and my profession, and the search for story has brought me great joy. It’s taken me to places I never dreamed I’d see, and made me friends from all walks of life. I’ve been invited to First Nations’ Ceremonies, to meet traditional storytellers in the Appalachian Mountains, to speak at major conventions with writers for other countries, , to visit Hutterite communities, explore Chinatown, Newfoundland outports, the Alberta Badlands, or fly into remote communites in the NWT. I've also and enjoy several writer-in-residence positions in such diverse places as UBC’s Green College in bustling Vancouver, to a summer in tiny Dawson City, Yukon. Yes, I’ve travelled from the Arctic to the American Border, Newfoundland to the West Coast of Vancouver Island. "Have laptop. Can write anywhere!," is my writing motto.
Here is a small selection of my books:
BY Andrea and David Spalding.
Harbour Publishing. (ISBN 978-1-55017-569-1)
Nominated for Regional/Cultural Cookbooks 2013 Taste Canada—Food Writing Awards.
“The Spaldings have gathered (stories) and created recipes that reflect the variety and abundance of island food year round, throughout the seasons. This book captures the flavours of the Gulf Islands for islanders and visitors alike, it is a book to own if you are an Islander or to give as a gift to anyone who wished he was an Islander.“ Review by Margriet Ruurs Salt Spring Exchange.
BY: Andrea Spalding, illustrated by Pascal Millelli.
Orca Publishers (ISBN 978-1-55469-242-2) HC
Spalding’s beautiful lyrical language is perfectly complemented by Milelli’s unique and expressive oil paintings… Here, Spalding creates a folktale that feels as though it were born of Canada.”
2012 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Finalist
2012 Best Books for Kids and Teens (Exceptional calibre)
BY: Andrea Spalding and Alfred Scow, Illustrated by Darleen Gait.
Orca publishers (ISBN 1-55143-396-6’)
“A moving and insightful story of Canada’s cultural history made accessible for a young audience.” BC Parent Magazine
“...this powerful picture book... simple but evocative prose...” Globe & Mail.
Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year, nominee
Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice”, Exceptional calibre
The Horn Book International History List
Presentation copy to Empress of Japan on her official visit to BC,
BY Andrea Spalding, Illustrations by Janet Wilson.
Orca Book Publishers. 2002. (ISBN 1-55143-380-X)
“…a strong, sensitive, beautifully interpreted title...” Quill & Quire (starred review)
Aboriginal Reads Book of the Year
Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” exceptional merit
finalist for Christie Harris prize for illustrated book (BC Book Prizes)
BY Andrea Spalding, illustrated by Leslie Elizabeth Watts.
Orca Book Publishers. (ISBN 1-55143-229-3)
With a spunky heroine, a dangerous quest, and a comforting lifeline to home, most children would consider this an ideal fantasy... Quill & Quire
Chocolate Lily Award nominee (BC)
Blue Spruce Book Award nominee (OLA)
Nominated for Little Sapling Award (River Oaks Library, Ontario)
BY Andrea Spalding, Illustrations by Janet Wilson.
Orca Book Publishers. Paper (ISBN 1-55143-119-X).
(Out of print but available through libraries)
"Sarah May Shines... A beautiful, lyrical story... Her text sings... a lovely book to read and treasure" Quill and Quire starred review.
Canadian Library Association Honour Book for 1998.
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice - exceptional merit
Short-listed for Ruth Schwartz award, Ontario Library Association
Quill & Quire (Starred review)
BY Andrea Spalding, Illustrated by Janet Wilson.
Orca Publishers. (ISBN 1-55143-177-7)
“A quietly meaningful story on how big the bridge of friendship can be” Kirkus Reviews
Chosen for Dalai Lama’s list of books to promote cultural tolerance and understanding
BC 2000 MIllenium Book Award
CLA Honour Book, 1999
BY Andrea Spalding.
Book 1: The White Horse Talisman
Book 2: Dance of the Stones
Book 3:Heart of The Hill
Book 4: Behind the Sorcerer’s Cloak
PRICE each $9.95
1) ISBN 1-55143-222-6 (2)ISBN 1-55143-268-4 (3)ISBN 1-55143-486-5 (4) (ISBN 1-55143-627-2)
“one of the most compelling things ... is the way in which old magic and mounting tensions ... are so deftly interwoven with the mundane realities of modern life. ... a source of wonder and excitement... the language is as exquisitely magical as the beings and events that it describes. ... a lovely story ... “ CM Magazine
Numerous awards and nominations.
BY: Andrea and David Spalding.
The Lost Sketch,
The Silver Boulder
The Disappearing Dinosaur
The Klondike Ring
Whitecap Books. (Out of print but available in libraries)
1)ISBN 1-55110-989-1 (2) ISBN 1-55285-105-2 (3)ISBN 1-55285-311-X (4) (ISBN 1-55285-461-2)
“Rick and Willow are engaging characters. They have a fun and unconventional life... and they are real enough that many kids will think, “Boy wish I could live like that!” Their personalities get a little more developed with each book. Mom, Dad, other kids and the cast of suspects are credible. Bring on Adventure•Net #4!” Canadian Materials.
Numerous awards and nominations. Including:
Canadian Children’s Book Center Our Choice
BY Andrea Spalding.
Dundurn 2008. (originally published by Beach Holme. 1995). 144pp. (ISBN 978-1-55002-828-7).REVIEW
"Subtly and with the sensitivity that only one who has suffered or watched someone they love endure, Spalding is able to let readers experience the feelings Danny endures...." Calgary Herald.
Nominated for Sheila Egoff Award for Children's Literature;
Nominated for the National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award;
Nominated for the Ontario Library Association's Silver Birch Award.
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice "Outstanding"
BY: Andrea Spalding.
PRICE .Paper $6.50.
Orca Book Publishers. 2000 (ISBN 1-55143-141-6).
“This novel is truly high fantasy... magical transformation scene...” Quill & Quire.
Nominee for 2002 Rocky Mountain Book
Nominee for 2002 Red Cedar Award
BY Andrea Spalding
Dundurn 2008. (originally published by Beach Holme. 1998). 105pp. . Softcover. $11.99 (ISBN 978-1-55002-635-1)
“… engaging tale of a group of self-reliant teens who are ready to take a stand on an issue they believe in.” The Muskokan
Short-listed for Silver Birch award.
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice
Nominee for Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award for 2001