Tara Anderson

Tara Anderson

A folk artist and award-winning illustrator who trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Tara Anderson is known for her lively and humorous illustrations of animals. Her books include the illustrated novels Harvey Comes Home, Harvey Holds His Own, and Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life, the holiday picture books Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round and Easter Morning, Easter Sun, and the award-winning Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That. Tara shares a farmhouse in Tweed, Ontario, with her husband, her young daughter, and several cats.

Tara also contributed to the books A World of Kindness (2018) and A World of Mindfulness (2020) in collaboration with other Pajama Press illustrators.

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Books By Tara Anderson

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A World of Kindness

The editors of Pajama Press unite with nine of their celebrated children’s illustrators to create a picture book about the many ways a small child can make the world a kinder place.

By Ann Featherstone & Suzanne Del Rizzo & Brian Deines & Kim La Fave & Tara Anderson & Manon Gauthier & Rebecca Bender & François Thisdale & Wallace Edwards & Dean Griffiths

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A World of Mindfulness

From the creators of A World of Kindness, a meditative sensory picture book with arresting art from fourteen illustrators featuring several award-winning artists like Scot Ritchie, Suzanne Del Rizzo, and many more. Now in paperback!

By Erin Alladin & Suzanne Del Rizzo & Rebecca Bender & Gabrielle Grimard & Tara Anderson & François Thisdale & Scot Ritchie & Miki Sato & Tamara Campeau & Emma Pedersen & Carmen Mok & Aino Anto & Sue Macartney & Amélie Dubois & Andrea Blinick

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Easter Morning, Easter Sun

A family of cats’ spirited celebration of Easter traditions from the creators of Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round

By Rosanna Battigelli & Tara Anderson

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Harvey Comes Home

The award-winning story of a lost West Highland Terrier warming hearts and bringing generations together

By Colleen Nelson & Tara Anderson

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Harvey Holds His Own

The West Highland Terrier that brought Harvey Comes Home to life returns with his tail wagging and his nose sharp, ready for a new adventure.

By Colleen Nelson & Tara Anderson

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Harvey Takes the Lead

A third adventure in the award-winning Harvey Stories! Everyone’s favourite West Highland Terrier brings his sharp nose and comforting personality to a new set of challenges heart-warming solutions.

By Colleen Nelson & Tara Anderson

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Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That

Nat the Cat can sleep in, under, or sprawled across anything. But can he sleep through the antics of the world's most energetic kitten? A rhyming bedtime book for the very young.

By Victoria Allenby & Tara Anderson

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Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round

A rhyming Halloween romp with a family of cozy cats

By Rosanna Battigelli & Tara Anderson

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Rhino Rumpus

In bouncing rhyme, three rhino siblings squabble and spat their way through their bedtime routine. When they realize how tired their bickering has made Mama Rhino, the three find common ground in giving her a sweet surprise.

By Victoria Allenby & Tara Anderson

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Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life

A poignant and humorous middle-grade novel for fans of Flora and Ulysses, Ramona Quimby, and Clementine

By Beverley Brenna & Tara Anderson

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