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Andrea Beck

Andrea Beck

Andrea Beck is the celebrated Canadian author-illustrator of 18 picture books.

Her charming characters, treasured by children, parents and librarians alike, inhabit a world of imagination and friendship.

Her book, Good Morning, Canada was selected for the 2017 TD Children’s Grade One Giveaway, and is one of 3 crossover fiction/non-fiction books she has created about Canada for young children. Her other books include the beloved Elliot Moose series which spun off into television, the Pierre Le Poof! series, and several single titles. 

Kids stay glued to their spots for Andrea’s dynamic presentations and often declare afterwards that they are going to be writers and artists too. Andrea regularly presents in schools, has toured for Children’s Book Week 3 times, and has represented World Literacy of Canada in remote communities across Canada. She is often asked back to schools for second, third and even fourth visits.

Much of her school presentation is about the role of "pretend" and imagination in a child's and an author's life.  As a young child, Andrea adored her toy monkey. She dragged him around by his rubber paws and knew he listened when she spoke. She grew up to be a toymaker and still likes to believe that toys listen. “The idea for Elliot, my first character, was rooted in my years as a toymaker and in a childhood where toys seemed alive."

Andrea Beck was raised in Rosemere, Quebec, and moved to Toronto to study at OCAD, later studying at York University and University of Toronto. She currently lives in Caledon East, Ontario.

Caledon East


Thank You, Canada. North Winds Press, Scholastic, 2017
Good Morning, Canada. North Winds Press, 2014
Goodnight, Canada. North Winds Press, 2012
Pierre in the Air. Orca Book Publishers, 2011
Elliot's Fire Truck. Orca Book Publishers, 2011
Pierre's Friends. Orca Book Publishers, 2010
Pierre Le Poof. Orca Book Publishers, 2009
Buttercup's Lovely Day. Orca Book Publishers, 2008
Elliot’s Christmas Surprise. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2003.
Elliot’s Great Big Lift the Flap Book. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2003.
Elliot’s Noisy Night. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2002.
The Waiting Dog. Kids Can Press, 2002
Elliot Gets Stuck. Kids Can Press, 2002
Elliot Digs for Treasure. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2001.
Elliot’s Bath. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2000.
Elliot’s Shipwreck. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2000.
Elliot Bakes a Cake. Kids Can Press, 1999
Elliot's Emergency. Kids Can Press, 1998


TD Children's Grade One Giveaway for Good Morning, Canada, 2017
Shortlisted, Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon Award for Illustration for Goodnight, Canada, 2012
Shortlisted, Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon Award for Illustration for Pierre le Poof!, 2010
Shortlisted, Blue Spruce for Buttercup's Lovely Day written by Carolyn Beck, 2008
Shortlisted, Shining Willow Award for Elliot’s Noisy Night, 2003
CCBC Best Books Recommendations for most titles, 1998-2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description


Featuring Pierre Le Poof and Elliot Moose!      50-60 minutes.

Age Range: Grades JK – Three.

My primary sessions are a jam-packed interactive hour of stories, art, role play and inspiration. I start children off with tales of my childhood and early years at school so they begin to identify with me and my childhood challenges and see themselves as creators too. I speak of the important world of imagination and “playing pretend” and how grown up authors play pretend to make their characters come to life in stories. 

Next, I read one of my stories then using role play and props, we follow the story through each stage of production from first idea to a developed story. I also show them how the art must tell a story too and share storyboards to final art, explaining the stages as I go. To keep things super engaging, I start and finish each session at the easel by showing the children how I develop a character like Elliot or Pierre from shapes and I leave the completed drawing at the school as a reminder of the visit.  I always bring original art, storyboards and manuscripts with me for the children to examine.

Presentation Length:
50-70 mins
Picture books
JK to grade 8
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Primary Illustration workshop – Create Your Own Character

Age Range: Grades K-2 Maximum number: 30 students.  60 Minutes

This workshop begins with a drawing demonstration that shows the scaffolding technique Andrea uses when drawing. She develops a character visually from shapes, using Elliot Moose or Pierre Le Poof as an example. Using the scaffolding technique each student draws their own character, or if they prefer, a character from one of their own stories.   Students will need to bring a hard drawing surface, a few sheets of paper, pencil and eraser. 

ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP: Creating and Drawing Your Own Character

Age Range: Grades 4 to 8

 This workshop begins with a quick drawing demonstration followed by an explanation that I must know a character well before I can draw it. Interactively with the children, I model the way that process unfolds. As a group, we create our character then the students can choose to use the group’s character or develop one of their own as we progress through the workshop.   Next I demonstrate how I develop a character visually from shapes, using Elliot Moose or Pierre Le Poof as an example. We then use those same scaffolding methods to draw the character that we created as a group.  Using this technique each student draws their own version of the character, or if they prefer, may draw a character from one of their own stories.