Kelly Collier - Author/Illustrator


Author-illustrator Kelly Collier was born in Ottawa and grew up in Toronto. She has an identical twin sister and an older brother. As kids, Kelly and her sister drew all the time, mostly in an effort to “outdraw” their brother. Kelly studied illustration in college and has had lots of editorial work published, but has always wanted to create a children’s book. The idea for A Horse Named Steve came from a doodle she did to fill a small empty frame at home. Kelly married a fellow artist who doesn’t complain when her projects take over the entire house, she has a dog who sort of resembles Steve and she really loves gold.


  • Izzy’s Tail of Trouble

    2023 - Joan Betty Stuchner Oy Vey! Funniest Children’s Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Short-Listed

    2022 - Gold Standard, Junior Library Guild, Short-Listed

  • Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle

    2023 - Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Association, Nominated

    2023 - Delaware Diamonds Award, Diamond State Reading Association, Winner

  • Team Steve

    2019 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

  • A Horse Named Steve

    2018 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards, Commended

    2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2017 - First and Best List, Toronto Public Library, Winner

    2017 - OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association, Winner

  • Izzy in the Doghouse

    2022 - Chocolate Lily Book Awards, Chapter Book category, , Short-Listed

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