Cut paper collage in process--daffodils, bellflower and red tulip. Scissors and rotary cutter.
Textured mono printed yellow-green papers in acrylic. Stripes, leaves, circles.
Mug of coffee, Golden's matte medium, page of pink acrylic circles, water cup and fan paint brush.

 

I made my first books as a Montessori kid in Philadelphia. My teacher’s father had died and she had us repurpose his memorial booklets into picture books—contact paper to hide the cover’s inscription and yarn to sew the pages into the spine. Color, clip, glue, stitch—I was hooked. 

 

As an adult, I helped others make stories, as the writers’ researcher at Saturday Night Live, as an assistant to several film writer/directors, and as the executive producer on lovejones and Hedwig and the Angry Inch for New Line Cinema. After hanging with the “cool kids” in the NY film biz, I decided I wanted to hang out with the coolest kids. I got my masters in early childhood education and moved to Rhode Island, where I taught Montessori by day and studied at RISD at night. 

 

I now write and illustrate picture books full time. Working traditionally, I create my papers by mono printing and painting with acrylics, gouache, watercolor, pencil, and ink. I also love to incorporate fabric and my own photography into my illustrations. I believe in creating picture books that let children imagine, question, and empathize. 

 

I am an active member of SCBWI and 12 x12 Picture Book Writing Challenge. As a substitute teacher, I am continually energized by the wonder and chatter of curious young minds. 

 

Color-clip-gluing away in Providence, RI, I live a bird-nerd life with my husband, two teenage sons, a barky Chihuahua mix named Buttercup, and scraps of paper everywhere. (she/her)  

Member of SCBWI badge
B&W photo of Amy Healey author-illustrator. Colored photo of her Chihuahua sitting on her shoulder.
12x12 Official Participant badge.
Cut out silhouettes of brown & white men holding hands with their small daughter in-between them.
Mono printed collage papers in cream, yellow-browns and yellow-green.
Red, orange, maroon and dark pink acrylic paint mono printed collage papers. Some with brick pattern