Born: September 19, 1957
Ohio connection: Resident
Born in El Paso, Texas, Andrea Cheng has lived most of her life in Cincinnati. Cheng received a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second language from Cornell University and has written several books for children and young adults that deal with multi-ethic and intergenerational issues.
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choice designation, 2000, and Society of School Librarians International Best Book Honor designation, 2001, both for Grandfather Counts; Young Reader selection, On the Same Page reading program (Cincinnati, OH), and Association of Jewish Librarians Notable Book of Jewish Content designation, both 2002, and Ohioana Book Award finalist in Juvenile Category, and New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age designation, both 2003, all for Marika; Parents' Choice Award, and Kansas National Education Association Recommended designation, both 2003, both for Anna the Bookbinder; Parents' Choice recommendation, 2004, for Honeysuckle House; New York Public Library 100 Best Children's Books designation, 2005, and Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year, and Asian/Pacific American Honor Award, both 2006, all for Shanghai Messenger; Smithsonian magazine Notable Children's Book designation, and Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year selection, both 2008, both for The Bear Makers; Ohioana Book Award finalist, and Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year selection, both 2008, both for Where the Steps Were.