Rochelle Strauss - Author

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.

One Well

2008 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Winner
2008 - Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, Santa Monica Public Library, Winner
2008 - Sigurd F Olson Nature Writing Award for Children's Literature, Winner
2008 - Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association, Winner
2008 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2007 - Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine, Short-listed
2007 - International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International, Winner
2007 - Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, CBC, Winner

Tree of Life

2007 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2006 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2005 - Teacher's Choice List, International Reading Association, Winner
2005 - Independent Publisher Book Award, Winner
2005 - Skipping Stones Honor Award, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner
2005 - Green Earth Book Award, Runner-up
2005 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Short-listed
2005 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2004 - Book of the Year Award - Silver Medal, ForeWord Magazine, Winner
2004 - Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, The Editors' Association of Canada, Winner
2004 - Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, ASPCA, Winner
2004 - Best of the Best Books List, Chicago Public Library, Winner

Non-fiction

One Well, 2007