Andrew Larsen

Andrew Larsen

In the last five years Andrew Larsen’s highly acclaimed picture books have been short-listed for every major Canadian award. His picture book IN THE TREE HOUSE won the 2014 Canadian Children’s Literature Award People’s Choice. His recent books include the Kirkus starred and New York Times-reviewed A SQUIGGLY STORY (Kids Can Press, 2016) CHARLIE’S DIRT DAY (Fitzhenry & Whiteside). SEE YOU NEXT YEAR (Owlkids) is currently shortlisted for the 2016 IBBY Elizabeth-Mazrik Cleaver picture book award. Andrew’s next book, POPPA’S SUITCASE, the sequel to THE IMAGINARY GARDEN, comes from Kids Can Press in spring 2016. He loves to visit schools and libraries to encourage students to tell their stories in their own ways. You can check out Andrew speaking about passion to get kids writing on Canada’s Global News show here: 

He is currently working on picture books and middle grade fiction for Kids Can Press and a nonfiction picture book for Owlkids. For more about Andrew please visit


Poppa’s Suitcasesequel to The Imaginary Garden (Kids Can Press, Spring 2016)

Picture Books 

 51rXkgdeYrL A Squiggly Story (Kids Can Press, 2016)

“… [A] charming little book that may help first-time storytellers keep trying to write stories, even if they lack the ability to draw proper letterforms….”    -Frank Viva, The New York Times Book Review

“This book offers a fine mirror for brown boys who aspire to write, but it’s also a great pro-literacy story for all children about brown kids who hold reading and writing in high regard.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred May 18, 2016

51uadzygqal-_sy342_bo1204203200_ See You Next Year (Owlkids, 2015)
 517s9rj3onl-_sy384_bo1204203200_  Charlie’s Dirt Day (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2014)
In The Tree House (Kids Can Press, 2013)
“Told from the point of view of a younger boy in a modern-day suburban setting, this picture book captures both the thrill of brotherly camaraderie—the boys build a tree house together—and the cold sadness that comes when the elder sibling gets a bit too old for the same kind of fun.”
– Wall Street Journal”Larsen’s text is full of delights, simple sensory details that capture a mood”
– Quill & Quire
Bye, Bye, Butterflies! (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012)
Finalist, 2013 Information Book Award
The Imaginary Garden (Kids Can Press, 2009)
Shortlisted, 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award, Children’s Illustration
2010 USBBY Outstanding International Book Honor List
Shortlisted, 2010 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award
Shortlisted, 2010 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
Shortlisted, 2011 Shining Willow Award
Shortlisted, 2011 Blue Spruce Award
Bella and the Bunny (Kids Can Press, 2007)


The Luck of Jude (Lorimer, 2011)

Agent: Fiona Kenshole