Eleanor Taylor was brought up in the Scottish Borders, surrounded by a “menagerie of animals and eccentricity”. She studied Architecture and after graduating spent several years working in London, including as a designer for Harrods.
She is the creator of over thirty-five books for children including Beep Beep, Let’s Go! the best selling, No Trouble At All and A Little Bit of Trouble, written by Sally Grindley. Cha Cha Chimps, by Julia Durango, No, Baby, No by Grace Nichols and Run, Rabbit, Run for which she won the English 4-11 Award for The Best Children’s Illustrated Book of 2001. In her two most recent books, The Further Tales of Peter Rabbit and The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit, written by Emma Thompson, her great affinity for the countryside is beautifully reflected in the engaging characters and beautiful scenes. She has just finished a third adventure for Peter, due to be published in the Autumn.
Now, with her husband and three children, Eleanor divides her time between London and Spain.
While illustrating books for young readers is her primary passion, Eleanor also likes to create her own work, which, along with some of her original illustrations she exhibits and sells during her local arts week. See below to find out what other people say about her books:
Go Go Gorillas
“With irresistible refrain and rollicking, this vividly illustrated adventure is an instant vehicle of fun”
“The delightful illustrations skilfully reflect the family’s affection for the baby (despite the mayhem the baby is causing!)”
“The illustrations of the book were really nice and bright, making it fun for children”
The Guardian, Children’s Books by kids, for kids.
The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit
Featured twice in the New York Times bestseller list
“Written by the British actress Emma Thompson and graced with endearingly Potter-esque illustrations by Eleanor Taylor.”
Cha Cha Chimps
“Taylor’s cartoon watercolours virtually boogie off the page”
Eleanor is represented by Penny Holroyde at The Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency