HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Andrea J. Buchanan

Co-Author of the New York Times Best-seller The Daring Book for Girls


  • The Daring Book for Girls
  • I Enjoy Being a Girl / Letting Girls be Girls
  • The Unique Bond of Mothers and Daughters
  • Mother Shock: Loving Every Minute of It
  • Why Old-Fashioned Skills and Knowledge Matter in our New High-Tech World
  • How to Inspire and Empower Young Girls



Andrea J. Buchanan is the co-author with Miriam Peskowitz of the phenomenal New York Times and international best-seller The Daring Book For Girls (Collins). The empowering how-to, can-do, hands-on manual for girls struck a nerve across the country with its simple message about the pleasures of girlhood. Buchanan and Peskowitz appeared on The Today Show, Fox and Friends, NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and drive-time radio nationwide and internationally. The Daring Book for Girls was featured in Newsweek, Time, O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Times of London, Teen Vogue, and across the internet and blogosphere. In addition to appearances for The Daring Books for Girls, Buchanan has given talks about writing, publishing, and motherhood. Buchanan can be booked together with Peskowitz or separately.

The Daring Book for Girls is the quintessential book for girls of all ages who seek a life filled with curiosity, inspiration, and adventure, and is filled with everything from how to put your hair up with a pencil, make a peg-board game, shoot a basket or play darts, to the lives of ancient queens, tips for being a spy, and how to speak in public and to negotiate a salary. It speaks to people of all ages who seek relief from our pressure-filled world where everyone grows up so fast and so soon. An inspirational book, it marries our quick-in-coming technological changes to an older set of values in which family, friendship, and having the skills to make and fix things matter. Where our nine-year old girls no longer have to act like they are 17. Where a Sunday afternoon is not for shopping, but for hiking, reading, and laughing; for shortsheeting beds, running a lemonade stand, or learning to skateboard; or for making a cloth-covered book, a scooter from wood and nails, and a flashlight from a pair of D-cell batteries. Buchanan and Peskowitz follow up the best-selling Daring Book for Girls with the even bigger, better Double-Daring Book for Girls, a guide to everything from surfing to making a raft to learning the rules of football and the art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Buchanan is a writer specializing in mothers and daughters. She is also the author of Mother Shock: Loving Every Minute of It and the editor of three anthologies: It’s a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons; Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined; and It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters.

Her work has also been featured in the anthologies About What Was Lost: Twenty Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hop; The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World; Your Children Will Raise You: The Joys, Challenges, and Life Lessons of Motherhood; and Breeder: Real-Life Tales from the New Generation of Mothers.

Before becoming a writer, Buchanan was a classical pianist. She studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she earned her bachelor of music degree in piano performance, and continued her graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, earning a master’s degree in piano performance. Her last recital was at Carnegie Hall. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and daughter.

Praise for The Daring Book for Girls

“The essential how-to manual for the modern-day girl . . . celebrates the notion that everything boys can do, girls can do – better.” ­—  Teen Vogue

“With tips on doing cartwheels and pulling pranks, The Daring Book for Girls is old-school cool – like its bestselling brother The Dangerous Book for Boys.” — Good Housekeeping

“An old-fashioned-fun-and survival guide specifically for the pigtail pack . . . offers primers on everything from changing a tire and negotiating pay to basic karate moves and lighthearted pranks. Now Hayley has no excuse for sitting at the computer while Zack is up in his tree house.” — Readers Digest

“Not that we’re feeling competitive, but The Dangerous Book for Boys does seem a wee bit… exclusionary. Happily, The Daring Book for Girls shows the women of the future – and their adventurous elders (us!) – everything from how to tie a sari to how to negotiate a salary and clues them in on the first rules of softball (never apologize unless you actually bop someone). Among the joys: nearly extinct games (like ‘Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board’) that may have eluded you while you were busy with Barbie and boy toys.” — O, The Oprah Magazine

“The authors mix inspiring tales of girls who made good . . . with a scrap bag of how-tos for girlish activities . . .The Daring Book for Girls keeps . . . practical knowledge from getting drowned in the techno-flow.” The New York Times

The Dangerous Book for Boys is really cool, but can you blame us for feeling a little relieved – and excited – that there’s now The Daring Book for Girls? (We were raised, after all, on Harriet the Spy and Riot Grrl.) The nice retro layout expedites lessons in lost arts like how to whistle with two fingers, play 14 different types of tag, and spy, but there are also great tips for the contemporary young woman, from how to negotiate a salary to math shortcuts to slumber-party games.” — New York Magazine

The Dangerous Book for Boys, Conn and Hal Iggulden’s take on classic British boys’ periodicals, has been a fixture on the best-seller list . . . So it’s no surprise that the red clothbound repository of activities and advice is now joined by The Daring Book for Girls.” Newsweek