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. 



I write children's books that blend science with fun. ​A longtime science enthusiast and fun-haver, I was thrilled to discover that the two go together like peanut butter and chocolate. 

Before writing for kids, I worked in communications at a major science museum and research institution. There, I had the privilege of writing about all sorts of curiosities—from polar bear hair plugs to catfish physicals—that might otherwise slip through the cracks. 

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!? Sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction. 

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

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

I am represented by Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency.

Need a short and sweet bio in third person? Here you go.

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