Heather Collins - Illustrator


Heather Collins lives in Toronto with her husband and two children and has been illustrating children’s books for more than 20 years. When Heather receives a manuscript she visualizes the story in her mind’s eye, even plotting the storyboards, before preparing her rough illustrations. She may work for weeks or even months before the pictures feel right. At this point she is ready for outside reaction and feedback and to begin adding detail and color, usually with colored pencils, paints or pastels. ~Heather’s body of work also includes many non-fiction books, such as the award-winning A Pioneer Story, which incorporates fact, fiction and over 400 line drawings, all lovingly researched and executed. Her latest book is Out Came the Sun, and was published in September 2007.


  • Get Outside

    2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

  • The Kids Book of the Night Sky

    2005 - Teacher’s Choice, International Reading Association, Winner

    2004 - Parents’ Choice Recommended Award, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, Winner

    2004 - YA Top Forty Nonfiction, , Winner

  • Kids Campfire Book

    2000 - Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award, American Bookseller, Winner

    1999 - Red Cedar Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed

    1998 - Pick of the Lists, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    1997 - Information Book Award, , Short-listed

    1997 - Silver Birch Award, , Short-listed

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