Rochelle Strauss - Author

Biography

Rochelle Strauss is an award-winning author, freelance writer and education consultant in Toronto, Ontario. A graduate of McGill University and York University, Rochelle specializes in the development and implementation of environmental education, communication and outreach initiatives. Rochelle has consulted on national and international projects and her clients have included museums, architects, designers, parks, NGO’s, governments, schools and school boards.#In addition to her consulting work, Rochelle is also an accomplished children’s author. Her first book, Tree of Life: the Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth (Kids Can Press 2004), has received several book honors and has been published in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, Korea and Egypt. #One Well: the Story of Water on Earth (Kids Can Press, 2007), Rochelle’s second book, was released in early 2007. Endorsed by Jean-Michel Cousteau (Founder and President Ocean Futures Society, Inc.), Maude Barlow (Chair, Council of Canadians and author of Blue Gold) and Charles Hopkins (UNESCO & UN University Chairs, York University), rights to One Well have already been sold in Australia, Brazil, Mexico and the United Kingdom. #An enthusiastic presenter, Rochelle truly enjoys the many opportunities she has had to participate in festivals, conferences and school presentations across North America. #Through her work, Rochelle combines her love of nature and passion for stories to teach children about the wonders of the natural world. Among her favorite animals are dolphins, nudibranchs, bromeliads, penguins … and, of course, her son.

Awards

  • One Well

    2008 - Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, Santa Monica Public Library, Winner

    2008 - Information Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada, Winner

    2008 - Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association, Winner

    2008 - Sigurd F Olson Nature Writing Award for Children’s Literature, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2008 - Silver Birch Award, ForeWord Magazine, Commended

    2007 - Book of the Year, The Society of School Librarians International, Commended

    2007 - International Book Award, CBC, Winner

    2007 - Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, , Winner

  • Tree of Life

    2007 - Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2006 - Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, Skipping Stones Magazine, Short-listed

    2005 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, International Reading Association, Short-listed

    2005 - Green Earth Book Award, Chicago Public Library, Runner-up

    2005 - Independent Publisher Book Award, ForeWord Magazine, Winner

    2005 - Silver Birch Award, ASPCA, Short-listed

    2005 - Skipping Stones Honor Award, The Editors’ Association of Canada, Winner

    2005 - Teacher’s Choice List, , Winner

    2004 - Best of the Best Books List, , Winner

    2004 - Book of the Year Award – Silver Medal, , Winner

    2004 - Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, , Winner

    2004 - Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, , Winner

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