Hi there! Like many illustrators, I loved drawing and painting all throughout my childhood. I went on to study art and art history at Tufts University, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the University of Melbourne in Australia.

When I graduated from college, I began a career as a web/graphic designer, and I still enjoy working in the field today! One of my websites, Animal Fact Guide, was named a “Great Website for Kids” by the American Library Association. Did you know that wombats’ poop is cube-shaped? You do now! (And no, you’ll never un-know that.)

But throughout that time, my dream of creating picture books persisted. So when a funny story idea wouldn’t leave me alone, I decided to make storytelling a priority. And I’ve been happily dreaming up characters and storylines ever since.

I live in a small Connecticut beach town with my husband, daughter, and house rabbit, Cosette. When I’m not working, I can be found running, playing tennis, and eating nachos. (Yes, at the same time.)

I am represented by Ilse Craane of BookStop Literary Agency.

Come find me on Twitter or Instagram and say hi!


Awards

I am honored to have received the following awards, which are judged by industry professionals and recognize emerging writers and writer/illustrators. Learn more at the PEN New England website and Tassy Walden website.

  • Winner, 2017 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Awards: Picture Book
    Snow Day for Goat and Badger
  • Winner, 2017 Tassy Walden New Voices in Children’s Literature Awards: Illustrated Picture Book
    Snow Day for Goat and Badger

    “SNOW DAY FOR GOAT AND BADGER had a wonderful sense of humor and a real understanding of the relationship that kids have when they teeter back and forth between fun and fear.”
    ~ Tassy Walden Judge

  • Honorable Mention, 2016 Tassy Walden New Voices in Children’s Literature Awards: Illustrated Picture Book
    Aardvark and Zebra Star in Yet Another Alphabet Book

    “I liked that this alphabet book is one long narrative that plays with storytelling in a smart and engaging way.”
    ~ Tassy Walden Judge