Listen to my interview about my time as an American Girl magazine editor on the Dolls of Our Lives podcast.
Watch my interview with my city's local paper after winning the Moonbeam Children's Book Award.
Find me speaking about marketing at the BookLife Indie Author Forum on February 25, 2023.
Aubre Andrus is an award-winning author, ghostwriter, and former American Girl editor. She's had dozens of books published by American Girl, National Geographic Kids, Lonely Planet Kids, Disney, Scholastic, and more, and has worked closely with publishers to concept and develop award-winning titles and series for some of the world's biggest brands and kid celebrities mostly in the nonfiction middle grade space.
In 2021, Andrus put her 15 years of publishing experience to the test and launched Adjective Animal Publishing, an indie children's press that inspires kids to be kind and be curious. It debuted with The Look Up Series, a collection of middle grade biography books that celebrate real diverse women in S.T.E.A.M. careers with the ultimate goals of closing the gender gap in these fields.
The Look Up Series has gone on to receive favorable industry reviews and win multiple awards including Best Nonfiction Book Series from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and the 2022 U.S. Selfies Award from Publisher's Weekly.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Andrus received her degrees in journalism and film from the University of Wisconsin, and now lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and daughters. She loves to travel around the world, explore the natural beauty of Southern California, and play in the ocean with her family.
FAQ for Kids!
These are some of the most common questions I get asked from students around the country. Feel free to email me with more questions!
How many books have you written?
More than 50 books! Some are short early readers but some are very long like a book about animal communication that's almost 200 pages. Each book needs at least 3 drafts. I never get it perfect the first time.
What's your most favorite book that you've written?
I really enjoyed writing A Smart Girl's Guide to Travel because I absolutely *love* to travel and love encouraging kids to explore new places, try new things, and meet new people.
How long does it take to write a book?
About three months. After my words get edited, photos and illustrations are added by a graphic designer. Then the book has to be printed and shipped to stores. From start to finish, it can take two years.
Do you have any kids or pets?
I have two daughters. One is in preschool and one is just a baby. I've dedicated some of my books to my oldest daughter. We don't have any pets because I'm very allergic!
What's your favorite book?
I love the creative storytelling in The One and Only Ivan. It's fiction but based on truth. I write a lot of narrative nonfiction, and love to see fiction and nonfiction blended in new ways.
Where do you get your ideas?
From everywhere! I like to explore new places and try new things. I'm always curious and ask a lot of questions. I write down every idea as soon as I can so I don't forget it.