Sunday, January 3, 2016

Remembering Andrea Cheng (1957-2015)

I was so saddened to read that author /poet /illustrator Andrea Cheng has passed away on December 26, 2015 after a long illness.  She was only 57 years old, and although she left two finished manuscripts, I suspect she had a few more books and poems that wanted to be written.

Andrea was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she continued to live.   Her parents were Hungarian immigrants and Andrea grew up speaking Hungarian and English; in college, she studied Chinese and later married Jim Cheng, the son of Chinese immigrants, with whom she has three children.  Andrea's love of language and different cultures is certainly reflected in the books she wrote, but she was also a teacher, teaching English as a Second Language at Cincinnati State College.

Andrea was a very prolific writer of children's books and she will most certainly be missed.


  1. I am sorry to hear of her passing. Last year, we were privileged to have her interview with us for Multicultural Children's Book Day:

  2. Oh my God, so sad to hear this. I've read ONLY ONE YEAR and THE YEAR OF THE BOOK. She was a great writer.

  3. Very sad indeed. Her Year of the Book series is so good. C.j. Omololu also passed away recently.

  4. Oh wow, I didn't realize that Andrea Cheng has written so many books. Very sad to hear of her passing.


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