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SHORT VERSION:

Beth Anderson, a former English as a Second Language teacher, has always marveled at the power of books. With linguistics and reading degrees, her fascination with language, and a penchant for untold tales, she strives for accidental learning in the midst of a great story. Beth is drawn to stories that open minds, touch hearts, and inspire questions. Born and raised in Illinois, she now lives in Loveland, Colorado.

LONG VERSION:

Beth Anderson has always been fascinated with words and language – from sound and meaning, to figurative language and point of view, to cultural and scientific aspects of language. After earning a B.A. in linguistics and a M. Ed. in reading, she taught English as a Second Language for more than 20 years. Surrounded by young people from all over the world, with literature as her favorite tool, Beth experienced the power of books to teach, connect, and inspire.

Encouraged by her elementary school teachers in Grayslake, Illinois, she carried with her the itch to write. From poems, plays, and puppet shows, to stories and memoir pieces… through Wisconsin, Ohio, Connecticut, Georgia, Texas, and into Colorado, it followed her. In 2013, she began her journey writing for children. Combining her love of  writing with the joys of discovery and learning, she found her niche with narrative nonfiction and historical fiction picture books.

To Beth, writing is mining. It’s digging deep inside for special memories, emotions, and meaning. It’s burrowing into history for inspiring characters and moments that change the course of events. It’s delving into the how and why and what if and seeing the past through the lens of the present. Then the search for just the right words begins – words that will create voice, bring characters to life, and reveal the heart of the story.

When she’s not writing, she might be weaving, gardening, exploring nature, or playing with her grandkids. Born and raised in Illinois, she now lives near the mountains in Colorado.

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Stephanie Fretwell-Hill, Red Fox Literary
stephanie@redfoxliterary.com

PHOTO CREDIT: Tina Wood Photography

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An Inconvenient Alphabet: Ben Franklin and Noah Webster’s Spelling Revolution

Written by Beth Anderson

Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2018

ISBN 9781534405554


Educator Guide from S&S

Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights

Written by Beth Anderson

Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills & Kane 2020

ISBN 978-1629799391


Educator Guide

“Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses: How James Kelly’s Nose Saved the New York City Subway

Written by Beth Anderson

Illustrated by Jenn Harney

Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills & Kane 2020

ISBN 9781684373994


  Educator Guide

Tad Lincoln’s Restless Wriggle: Pandemonium and Patience in the President’s House

Written by Beth Anderson

Illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills & Kane, 2021

ISBN 9781635923155


Educator Guide

Revolutionary Prudence Wright: Leading the Minute Women in the Fight for Independence

COMING FEB 1, 2022!

Written by Beth Anderson

Illustrated by Susan Reagan

Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills & Kane, 2022

ISBN 9781644720578


Educator Guide coming soon!

Upcoming titles:

 
REVOLUTIONARY PRUDENCE WRIGHT: LEADING THE MINUTE WOMEN IN THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE,
illustrated by Susan Reagan, Calkins Creek. Spring 2022
 
FRANZ’S PHANTASMAGORICAL MACHINE
illustrated by Caroline Hamel, Kids Can Press, spring 2022.
 
CLOAKED IN COURAGE: UNCOVERING DEBORAH SAMPSON, PATRIOT SOLDIER
illustrated by Anne Lambelet, Calkins Creek, Fall 2022
 
THOMAS JEFFERSON’S BATTLE FOR SCIENCE: BIAS, TRUTH, AND A MIGHTY MOOSE,
illustrated by Jeremy Holmes, Calkins Creek, Fall 2023.