Heather Collins - Illustrator

Heather Collins

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, Winner
2004 - YA Top Forty Nonfiction, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, Winner

The Kids Campfire Book

2000 - Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award, Winner
1999 - Red Cedar Book Award, Short-listed
1998 - Pick of the Lists, American Bookseller, Winner
1997 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
1997 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed

The Last Safe House

2001 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2001 - Red Cedar Book Award, Short-listed
2000 - Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2000 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
1999 - Teachers' Choices, International Reading Association, Winner
1999 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Winner
1999 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
1998 - Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children, Winner
1998 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed