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Kimberly Andrews
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Kimberly Andrews

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Kimberly Andrews is a trained biologist and geologist who grew up in the Canadian Rockies. She has lived and worked in New Zealand, Borneo and the UK. In London, she worked for The House of Illustration, whose main ambassador is Quentin Blake. She also worked at the Natural History Museum, both in the live Butterfly House and also behind the scenes, assisting the curation of mammal specimens in the dry stores.

Kimberly's picture book illustrations have been widely acclaimed. She was awarded Storylines Notable Book Awards for Tuna and Hiriwa by Ripeka Takotowai Goddard (2016) and Song of the River by Joy Cowley (2019).

In 2019, the first story which Kimberly both wrote and illustrated, Puffin the Architect (2018), won the Russell Clark Award for Illustration and was a finalist for Best Picture Book in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It also won a Storylines Notable Picture Book Award as well as the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Children’s Book.

Kimberly lives with her husband and daughter in a small shipping-container house near Wellington, where she illustrates and writes, and runs her business Tumbleweed Tees, screen-printed clothing featuring her illustrations of New Zealand plants and wildlife.

Books by Kimberly Andrews

Moose the Pilot

Meet Moose, a bush pilot who lives in a treehouse. He's had a VERY busy day when he gets a radio call for one more job - a RESCUE mission!

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Hound the Detective

Meet Hound, a brilliant detective who ALWAYS solves his case. But this latest trail of clues has him perplexed - could it be that he's missed something important?

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Puffin the Architect

Meet Puffin, a clever architect who always creates the perfect home for her clients. But her newest clients are VERY hard to please!

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Awards & recognition

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Winner  •  2019  •  Russell Clark Award for Illustration for Puffin the Architect

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