Helen Taylor

Children's Writer



Hooray for guano!

I'm honored that the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators selected my manuscript Chasing Guano for their 2019 Work-in-Progress Grant in the nonfiction category. Woohoo! The awards are part of SCBWI’s program to assist children’s book writers and illustrators who are in the process of completing a specific project currently not under contract. Check it out.


I write picture books that blend science with fun, an intersection better known as my happy place.  

I discovered that happy place working in communications at the California Academy of Sciences, a museum and research institution in San Francisco. I started the Academy's first blog to highlight quirky stories—from polar bear hair plugs to catfish physicals—that might otherwise slip through the cracks.

Now I write fiction and nonfiction for kids, and my penchant for peculiar stories persists. Did you know that bearcats are not related to bears or cats? And that they smell like hot buttered popcorn?


I'm a member of SCBWI and the 12x12 Picture Book Challenge, and enjoy participating in writing conferences. 


I hold an MA in strategic public relations from the University of Southern California (USC), and a BA in human development from the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

Home is now in Santa Cruz, CA, where my daughters, husband and I enjoy spotting banana slugs, whales, and wild turkeys whenever we get the chance.

© 2023 Helen Taylor