Holly Hatam, Children's Author and Illustrator

New York Times Bestselling Illustrator of Dear Girl

Holly Hatam is a picture book maker, greeting card designer, and a textile engineer. She is also the #1 New York Times Bestselling illustrator of Dear Girl. Her other books include Tree Song, Jack (Not Jackie), and The Acadia Files. Holly lives in Whitby, Ontario where she can be found hugging trees with her husband Stephen and son Linden, stuffing her pantry full of tea, and sticking her nose in a book.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:

I want my readers to be inspired, to be entertained, to laugh, to cry, and to fall in love with reading.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:

I have been an artist since I was 5 years old. My dream since being a little girl was to write and illustrate books. I made that dream a reality 7 years ago. Not only did I go to art school, I then went and got my BA in graphic design. After college, I started my own wedding invitation company but shut down my company in order to illustrate books full time. My recent book, Dear Girl, was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list



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Presentation Audience:


Grades K-3


Less than 5 Appearances


Ontario, Canada

Book Type:

Picture Book