Jeremy Tankard was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but moved to Canada with his family. After a childhood of drawing and writing, he attended the Alberta College of Art and Design where he studied drawing and printmaking.

He worked as a graphic designer and typesetter before embarking on a career in illustration. After a few years of commercial illustration, he went back to storytelling and began writing and illustrating his own books.


Major works include:

  • Grumpy Bird (2007)
  • Me Hungry! (2008)
  • Boo Hoo Bird (2009)
  • Piggy Bunny (2012)
  • It’s a Tiger! (2012)
  • Here Comes Destructosaurus! (2014)
  • Melvis and Elvis (2015)
  • Hungry Bird (2016)
  • Sleepy Bird (2018)
  • Yorick and Bones (2020)
  • Yorick and Bones: Friends by Any Other Name (2021)

Notable awards

  • 2008 Blue Spruce Award for Grumpy Bird
  • 2008 Shining Willow Selection for Grumpy Bird
  • Shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, 2008
  • Shortlisted for the CBA Libris Award for Illustrator of the Year 2008
  • Shortlisted for The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, 2008
  • Shortlisted for the Debbie Zimmerman Early Years Niagara Literary Award, 2007
  • Shortlisted for a Founder’s Award 2007, Society of Illustrators, New York
  • Selected for the Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets of 2007
  • Toronto Public Library “First & Best” booklist, 2007
  • CBC Sounds Like Canada children’s book panel selection, December 2007
  • Named a Borders Original Voices Author, March 2007
  • Selected for the L.A. Times Best of the Year List, December 2007
  • Parents Magazine’s “5 books to promote good behavior”, March 2009 issue
  • Selected for the L.A. Times Best of the Year List, December 2008, for Me Hungry!
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