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 love including odd animals in my stories and art. Aardvarks? (Yes!) Aardwolves? (Doesn’t everyone?)

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 so 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
    Snow Day for Goat and Badger 
  • Winner, 2017 Tassy Walden New Voices in Children’s Literature Awards
    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
    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