Making the world better for children, one charity at a time.

Who are
Andrea's Children?

Andrea's Children is a small group of people who volunteer their time to create and sell books for children. All profits are donated to non-profits in the business of improving children's lives. When you purchase a book from Andrea’s Children, you delight your own child and support another. It’s a win-win for kids.

In 2006, Andrea Watts Sparling, died at the age of 28. She had accomplished much. But one of her goals had not been realized. She and her husband, Ben, had not started a family. Andrea didn't want a child, she wanted lots and lots of children and pets. Dustballs—she didn't want. She wanted a child for every room in the house, but their house was small. So, she wanted a bigger house with lots of rooms. That was her nature. Andrea lived big. Nothing was impossible.

To honor the life of this fiery, spirited young woman, her family and friends wanted to add goodness—as she had throughout her life—to the world by giving to children-in-need.

Our Books

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An Angel is Born

An Angel is Born

For preschool age children

An internet legend tells a story of how baby angels are sent to Earth. On the day of their earthly birth, before they leave heaven, God speaks to them. Usually, baby angels are excited and full of joy. But this legend is about a baby angel who is not excited. She is not full of joy. Earth is a big place. Who will take care of her?

$9.95

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Flat Grandma

Flat Grandma

For preschool age children

Emma only sees her grandmother on Skype. When she reaches out to touch her, her mother says, “Emma, don't touch the computer.” What's a little girl to do when her grandma is flat and lives in a computer? Now available in Icelandic.

$9.95

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A Home for Naughty Puppy

A Home for Naughty Puppy

For preschool age children

Lily and her parents were excited when the puppies were born. But sometimes when there is a lot of happiness, a problem sneaks in. The problem was one of the puppies. He had too much energy. So Lily and her Mom set out to find him a home that needed all his energy. Will they find a home for a puppy who runs around and barks all day?

$9.95

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Tumi The Dragon

Tumi The Dragon

For preschool age children

Tumi the Dragon was born under a big yellow moon, on top of a mountain. All day, Tumi plays with his sisters, and eats his mother’s wildflower soup. Life is good. But Tumi, like boys often do, goes off by himself, exploring. Then one day, something happens. Tumi finds himself tumbling down the mountain into a world of little animals; animals very different from Tumi.

$9.95

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All books are also available on Amazon.

About Us

Edith Andersen, Author

Edith Andersen, Author

Edith, Andrea's mother, was born and raised in Iceland. She writes about it in her memoir, I Am From Iceland. Visiting a sister in the U.S. in 1967, instead of returning to Iceland, she attended school earning a teaching degree.

Looking back at the last forty years, teaching elementary school and raising six children, she marvels that she is still relatively sane.

With children grown, house clean, and hubby cooking, her favorite part of the day is when she works for Andrea's Children. She lives in Ponte Vedra.

Rebecca Harris, Graphic Designer

Rebecca Harris, Graphic Designer

Andrea referred to her mother-in-law as her “other mother.” Rebecca is thrilled and honored to be a part of helping other children and keeping Andrea’s spirit alive. She attended Ferris State University and worked in the Detroit area prior to moving to Northern Michigan.

Rebecca and her business partner, David Malusi, formed “We2Concepts” and created Andrea’s website. They met through mutual friends and share a bond in sailing as well as website design. David is a Certified Financial Planner and owner of DLM Investment Services.

Tim Watts, Business Advisor

Tim Watts, Business Advisor

Tim, Andrea's father, is a former investment advisor and college professor of economics and finance, and an author of three books. He started an investment firm, EconoStrat Advisory Corp., with a partner in 1982. In 2007, they sold the firm. After Andrea's death, Tim turned his attention to working and investing for the purpose of supporting children-in-need. He provides counsel to Andrea's Children and assists in various business activities.

Andrea Marie
Watts Sparling

Andrea was born on April 19, 1977. Andrea was a spirited youngster who loved to be with people. Growing up, she found nothing admirable in home tranquility and worked hard to liven things up. She loved animals and pleaded to her parents for a dog, a plea not fulfilled. As a teenager, compassion stirring, her friends' issues became her own.

In her last two years of college, she became the student her parents had encouraged her to be. She'd fax her father at work her grades, all As. Andrea was growing up. Sharing a car ride home for the holidays, she met Ben Sparling. With him she found the thirst for adventure and friendship that would lead to a marriage in 2005.

Moving to Denver in 2003, getting the dog she'd long wanted, Jack, she was close to the mountains for skiing and hiking, an endless source of challenges and adventures. When an event planning business she worked for folded, she and a few work-friends started their own business, The EMP Group. Her career afforded her opportunities to travel.

Her emails from around the world were full of the excitement and appreciation for life. “Paris is BEAUTIFUL! We went to the Orly museum where the majority of Monet and Van Gogh's works are. It was an incredible experience to be up close and see these original paintings that I have seen reprints of for years. I hope to go back someday to explore more of the city. It is like no city I have ever been to.” Then from Spain she wrote, “Last night we arrived in Barcelona. Today we went to the Picasso museum which was also an incredible experience. The museum was set up in chronological order from his very early years and each room was a different period of his life. I never knew he had done so many different types of art - sketches, portraits, landscape paintings, ceramics, cubism, etc. After paella for lunch, we went to a cathedral that Gaudi designed in 1910 or so.”

Andrea embraced opportunities and lived each moment to the fullest. In Mexico in January of 2006, her life was cut short. She had accomplished most of her important goals in life except to have children. With the birth of this site, some of her loved ones have come together to find a way to honor her life by raising money for children-in-need, Andrea's Children.

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Andrea's Children
69 Clay Gully Trail
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081