Introducing children to the wonders of nature
- Contributing Writer, EcoParent Magazine
- Editor-in-chief, Outdoor Parent News
- STEM non-fiction children’s picture book about trees.
- Several (fiction) picture books about trees, 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
Past writing projects
“I love this book. I love the warmth of the illustrations, I love the language of the book and I love the feeling I have when reading it.” — Heather Feldstein, founder of WordsByMom, a showcase of modern children’s books.
Inspiring and uplifting, The Wish Trees is rooted in the idea that every child can help make the world a better place. Pre-readers and early readers will love turning the pages to reveal children planting Wish Trees and making wishes.
Kids will discover the wonder of trees and enjoy searching for different animals and signs with each new page. Thoughtful, empowering and beautifully written by Canadian writer Andrea Koehle Jones, The Wish Trees features adorable and engaging illustrations by talented Venezuelan children’s book illustrator Alicia Padrón. Printed on recycled paper. Please buy the Kindle edition as no trees were harmed to make this adorable baby shower book, new baby book, earth day children’s book and teacher’s gift book.
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.
Lyrics by Andrea Koehle Jones (SOCAN) summerhillbythesea.com
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.
into the deepest blue
– you don’t want to go
but seasons seem to take you….
always the same
And brilliant days come alive,
but the things we do,
the things we don’t
they just cut you
into the deepest blue
reaching up, reaching out
but still we take you…
like a tree
Why can’t you fight
‘cause I know
what we could lose
always the same
My Sweet Persephone,
“Reaching up, reaching out, but still we take you.” ~ tree quote by Canadian lyricist Andrea Koehle Jones. From ‘My Persephone’ song on Spotify.