Andrea Alban (a.k.a. Andrea Gosline) was born in 1959 in Baltimore, MD but spent her childhood in San Francisco, where she still lives with her family in a garden cottage. She received her B.A. cum laude in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.
Andrea self-published her first poetry book at the age of six—a hand-lettered scroll tied with red ribbon. She is the bestselling author of three picture books: The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure (Feiwel&Friends/Macmillan, 2008); Ten Little Wishes: A baby animal counting book (Harpercollins,2007); and January’s Child: The Birthday Month Book (Scholastic, 2007).
The Happiness Tree was a nominee for the 2009-2010 Children's Book Award in Florida and was adapted by the Tanner Creative Program at The University of Utah as a play in Spring 2010.
Her debut YA novel, Anya’s War, will publish in Winter 2011 (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan). Anya's War is the story of a fourteen year Jewish girl in exile in 1937 war-torn Shanghai, who finds an abandoned Chinese baby girl in the gutter and tries to save her. The book explores a little known passage in Jewish Holocaust history. It is a tragi-comic coming-of-age story, woven with Jewish and Chinese superstition, Greek mythology and Anya's entries and letters in her Book of Moons.
Andrea’s inspirational parenting titles include: Little Moments of Peace (Pengun Putnam Tarcher, 2004); Welcoming Ways: Creating your baby’s welcome ceremony with the wisdom of world tradition (Cedco, 2001); and Celebrating Motherhood (Red Wheel Weiser Conari, 1999), a NAPPA Gold Award recipient.
She is the co-creator and licensor, with Lisa Bossi, of the Welcome Tiny Star Baby Journal; the Mother’s Nature Pregnancy Journal, two inspiration card boxes— Calm and Confidence for Mothers and Times to Treasure for Families, and a line of greeting cards, bookmarks, gift wrap, and photo albums for Papyrus stores.
Andrea consults privately with writers of all ages to shape, polish and package their manuscripts.
Read Andrea’s blog at calmandconfidentmoms.blogspot.com. Visit her websites: www.albanbossi.com and www.redroom.com/author/andrea-alban-gosline.
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