Mr. Tankard is appearing courtesy of Scholastic
Jeremy Tankard is the author and illustrator of three very silly picture books: "Grumpy Bird," Boo Hoo Bird" and "Me Hungry." The funny thing is, he never planned to be a writer. However, after many years of drawing pictures, he decided that maybe adding some words to his art would be nice to try. To his surprise, he loved writing, and it seemed to be a natural fit for his drawings. The rest is history, and he can’t imagine a life without stories.
Jeremy was born in Cape Town, South Africa but left at the age of four for a new life in the United States. After living in South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee, his family moved to Calgary, Alberta, where he spent most of his school years, finally ending up at the Alberta College of Art and Design. After a few years in Toronto, he now resides with his family in Vancouver. He continues to illustrate books for other authors: "Piggy Bunny" by Rachel Vail, "It’s a Tiger!" by David Larochelle, "Here Comes Destructorsaurus!" by Aaron Reynolds and "Melvis and Elvis" by iconic Canadian writer Dennis Lee. He is also working hard on a number of new projects of his own.
Jeremy enjoys eating apple pie and practicing Kung Fu. But never at the same time.