Anna Forrester

children's books


This is me, Anna

I love nothing better than to stumble onto a funny idea or a great question, then hold on tight as it leads me through books, my imagination, and unexpected nooks and crannies of the real world. I also love words and stories, and many of my adventures find their way into the picture books and middle grade novels that I write.

My debut picture book, BAT COUNT (Arbordale, February 2017), is a fic-informational story of bats, citizen science and hope, and was named a 2018 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council, was included on the CCBC Choices 2018 list, and received the 2018 Giverny Award and the 2018-19 Keystone to Reading Book Award (yippee!).

I have taught kindergarten and second grade, and am also trained as a landscape architect. In my non-writing life I make landscapes for play in Philadelphia, where I live with my husband, two daughters, and two rescue dogs. I love spending weekends exploring the city or mucking around in the wilds of central Pennsylvania, and many of my writing journeys spring from magical things I stumble on there.