rochelle strauss, author

ROCHELLE STRAUSS

AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN’S AUTHOR

Ever since I was a kid, I loved three things best of all: books, animals and baseball. A pretty eclectic collection, to be sure, my shelves were jammed with books and filled with animal figurines (mostly horses, elephants and dolphins), stacks of baseball cards and an array of Montreal Expos memorabilia. I dreamed of being the “Jane Goodall of the ocean” or the first female major league baseball player (a pitcher for my beloved Expos, of course).

Growing up, I devoured all kinds of books! I loved Dr Seuss, Corduroy, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and Winnie the Pooh. As I got older, I read every book in the Black Stallion series and more than my fair share of Hardy Boys books. But our house also happened to be filled with a million books about the ocean, many of which were books by Jacques Cousteau. In fact, I probably learned to read from those books, sounding out the words beneath those glorious photos of dolphins, whales, sharks and coral reefs. In the end, though my love of baseball never wavered (Go Blue Jays!), it was outmatched by my passion for nature and the ocean. 

While I was always a voracious reader, it wasn’t until my final year of university that I tried my hand at writing. I took an amazing children’s literature course, and while my friends were lugging around chem and bio books, I was re-reading Charlotte’s Web and The Hobbit. As part of our final grade, we were offered the choice: write a children’s book or write an exam. Without an ounce of hesitation, I chose to write a story. It was messy and unpolished — but it got me my first A. And through it, I began to realize that maybe I could do more than just read books; perhaps I might even be able to write them.

A few years later, with a master’s degree in environmental studies under my belt, some amazing work experiences and a few messy attempts at writing fiction, a rejection letter for my latest picture book was accompanied by an inquiry. With your background, would you ever consider writing non-fiction? Believe it or not, I’d never considered it, even though everything I was doing pointed in this direction. An invitation to weave together my love of words and stories with my passion for nature was an opportunity I could not pass up!

In that moment, The Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth was born. One Well: The Story of Water on Earth followed shortly after, as did many other freelance writing opportunities. And now, after a bit of a book writing hiatus, I am excited to share that a new book is in development and will be released by Kids Can Press in spring 2022. Stay tuned!

As an author, one of my favourite things is engaging with readers! Throughout the year, I offer in-person author visits, as well as live video visits, to chat about nature and the environment, writing and changing the world.  Please reach out if you are interested in booking a visit.

Testimonials

Rochelle Strauss is the award-winning author of one of Kids Can Press’s bestselling titles One Well: The Story of Water on Earth. Beloved by educators around the world, this book has sold over 400,000 copies globally and has been translated into over nine languages including Arabic, Chinese and Spanish. The book has also been recognized for several awards including the International Literacy Association’s Notable Books for a Global Society. Most notably, hundreds of thousands of students across the United States are using One Well as a primary text to learn about environmental conservation as the book is an Anchor Text in Expeditionary Learning’s Grade 3 ELA curriculum, which has been adopted by various state and local school board curriculums including the New York State Education Department. Rochelle is an incredibly accomplished writer and educator with a genuine passion for environmental education and we can’t wait to publish her forthcoming book about the ocean.

Naseem Hrab & Lara Caplan

Associate Publisher, Creative | Associate Publisher, Operations & Business Development, Kids Can Press

I work with Rochelle in her role as an author and advocate of Ocean Literacy, she is one of the most dedicated and professional colleagues I have had the privilege to work with. She cares deeply about connecting children to ocean literacy and understands the role of youth in advancing nature conservation. Rochelle’s work strengthens and amplifies our community of practice, she is creative and knowledgeable in her understanding and interpretive writing of ocean science. I would definitely like to continue working with Rochelle as she takes on new projects and explores educational avenues.

Danika Strecko

Online Learning and Ocean Literacy Manager, Ocean Wise

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