Writing Projects

Introducing children to the wonders of nature

Andrea loves writing children’s books that introduce children to the wonders of nature. She donates a portion of all her published books and songs to children’s environmental education programs.

Here are some of Andrea’s writing projects (books, lyrics, news and documentaries)

  • Contributing Writer, EcoParent Magazine
  • Author, fiction and STEM non-fiction children’s picture book manuscripts about trees, wildfires, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, conservation, recycling…
  • Revising upper middle grade novel
  • GREENBOOK BLOG children’s book reviews and book blogging (nature & environment board books and picture books
  • Author, The Wish Trees: How Planting Trees Can Help Make the World a Better Place
  • Lyricist, “My Persephone”
  • First Place (News) TVO Telefest Winner of a documentary about homelessness
  • Journalist formerly at at CBC NEWS, Newsworld International, cbc4kids.ca, Northern Daily News + more

The Wish Trees

“Planting a tree is an act of hope.  And that is a message our children need to hear now more than ever.” — Jacob Rodenburg, an award-winning educator, author, and instructor in environmental education at Trent University.

Inspiring and uplifting, The Wish Trees is rooted in the idea that every child can help make the world a better place. This whimsical children’s book introduces young readers to the fun of tree planting as they meet kids around the globe planting Wish Trees and making wishes.

Kids will discover the wonder of trees and enjoy searching for different animals and tree names with each new page. Thoughtful, empowering and beautifully written by journalist and children’s environmental education advocate Andrea Koehle Jones, The Wish Trees features illustrations by New York Times best-selling illustrator Alicia Padrón. The Wish Trees: How Planting Trees Can Help Make the World a Better Place is inspiring little tree planters and wishers everywhere.

The second edition of The Wish Trees includes a bonus: “How to Plant a Wish Tree.”

The book is inspired by “A Tree for Every Child” children’s tree planting projects created by Andrea and she often donates the book to children as part of her work as a children’s environmental advocate. The book was originally an environmental education tool for her work but it grew in popularity and tree quotes from the book started going viral like:

“I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots.”― Andrea Koehle Jones, The Wish Trees

Andrea is now seeking representation for other environmentally themed picture books and a middle grade manuscript she is currently revising.

“My Persephone” (song lyrics)

© Copyright – Shannon Robinson and Andrea Koehle Jones (884502800999)

Soulful and haunting, this is a song about love, loss and seasons of grieving. Lyrics by Andrea Koehle Jones reflect our deep and fragile connection to trees. A portion of profits will be donated to children’s environmental programs. My Persephone made the Jango Airplay Top Ten in September 2011!
Genre: Pop: Piano
Release Date: 2010
lyricist, executive producer – andrea koehle jones

composer, vocals, piano – shannon robinson
engineer, mixer, producer – jordan wiberg

Album photo by Andrea Koehle Jones

“My Persephone” is about loss and transition on many levels. It’s about losing someone you love, losing a part of yourself or letting go of a remarkable time in your life.

If the only constant in life is change… then I think trees are the best symbol the world has of change. And I think people are a lot like trees. In the fall, we slow down, turn inwards and gather strength from our roots so we’re ready to burst onto the scene in the Spring.

Trees are so giving and yet they have no voice. “My Persephone” is dedicated to everyone who truly loves trees.

And then there is the myth of Persephone:
I chose Persephone because she represents everyone who is connected to the wonder of nature – and trees. There are many versions of the Persephone story but I like this one. In Greek mythology, Persephone is the goddess of the Spring. She is the daughter of Demeter, mother nature – the goddess of the harvest. Everyone loved Persephone, even Hades wanted her for himself. One day, when she was collecting flowers, the earth suddenly opened and Hades abducted her to the underworld.

Demeter wandered the earth so broken-hearted, that she withdrew herself and the earth fell into a deep sleep. Persephone’s father, Zeus, sent Hermes down to Hades to demand the release of Persephone. Hades reluctantly agreed, but before she went back he tricked Persephone into eating a pomegranate seed. The seed bound her to underworld for half of every year. The other months she returned to her grieving mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and fall and winter began. When persephone returns each Spring, Demeter brings the world back to life.

“My Persephone”

Lyrics by Andrea Koehle Jones (SOCAN)

You say
you’re here to stay
you say this time
you’ll fight it.

But I know leaves fall
and you’ll fall
down beside them.

Falling down,
underground,
into the deepest blue
I know
– you don’t want to go
but seasons seem to take you….

[chorus]
Each year
always the same
Sweet Persephone,
lost again.

And brilliant days come alive,
with you,
around
but the things we do,
the things we don’t
they just cut you
down…

Falling down,
underground,
into the deepest blue
I know
reaching up, reaching out
but still we take you…

[chorus]
So resigned,
like a tree
Sweet Persephone
lost again
lost again.

Why can’t you fight
for me
for us
‘cause I know
what we could lose
will lose
with-out you

Each year
always the same
My Sweet Persephone,
lost again
lost again.

“Reaching up, reaching out, but still we take you.” ~ tree quote by Canadian lyricist Andrea Koehle Jones. From ‘My Persephone’ song on Spotify.