Heather Collins was born in Montreal. Passionate about art from an early age, she drew and painted her way through primary and high school, eventually attending Sir George Williams (Concordia) and the Ontario College of Art. After graduation she worked for a year in the art department at the Ontario Science Centre before becoming a freelancer. Based in Toronto, she raised two children with her designer husband and illustrated over eighty books in a long, successful career. Heather’s award-winning work has been published around the world in both English and foreign language editions and the original drawings from many of her books are now a permanent part of the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books.