Andrea J. Loney

Andrea J LoneyStoryteller: Andrea J. Loney

Andrea J. Loney won the 2014 Lee & Low New Voices Award and an NAACP Image Award nomination for her picture book biography TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VAN DER ZEE!. Her picture book BUNNYBEAR was featured on the 2018 ALA Rainbow List, and DOUBLE BASS BLUES won a 2020 Caldecott Honor for illustrator Rudy Gutierrez. Her work is featured in the critically-acclaimed children’s poetry anthology NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY. A graduate of New York University with an MFA in Dramatic Writing, Andrea teaches computer science courses at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Andrea lives in Inglewood, California with towering stacks of children’s books, her devoted family, and their incredibly spoiled pets. Learn more at or follow @andreajloney on social media.

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Andrea On Writing for Children:

“I believe that sharing a rich and diverse world of love, compassion, and joy with children will help to foster a diverse world of love, compassion, and joy when those kids grow up. Writing for kids is my personal investment in a better future for us all. Plus, it is so rewarding and fun!”

BunnyBearDouble Bass Blues

Take a Picture of Me James VanDerZee


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