Meet the Author/Illustrator

Harriet Peck Taylor

Portrait of Harriet Peck Taylor

Harriet Peck Taylor is both a writer and an artist. Her special interests are animals and Native American folklore. As a result, her children's books are often Native American folktales about animals.

Since college, Harriet Peck Taylor has been an artist. Her batik artwork is shown in galleries as well as in public locations. She has done the art for greeting cards, T-shirts, wallpaper, fabrics, and CD covers.

This author/illustrator loves the outdoors. On hikes in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, her two dogs often walk with her. For a while, a young coyote would follow them on their walks. It would sometimes stop to howl, and Harriet Peck Taylor began to howl back. Their "chats" went on for several months. Once, the coyote even got near enough to touch noses with the dogs!

Tracking animals is one of Harriet Peck Taylor's hobbies. She never bothers the animals, but watches them simply for the joy it brings her. She tracks bears in summer and fall, and mountain lions and other animals in winter. "The snow always has a story to tell," she says.

Harriet Peck Taylor
Find out more about Harriet Peck Taylor at her Web site.

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Books Written and Illustrated by Harriet Peck Taylor

  • Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies
  • Brother Wolf: A Seneca Tale
  • Ulaq and the Northern Lights
  • Secrets of the Stone
  • When Bear Stole the Chinook: A Siksika Tale
  • Coyote Places the Stars