Hilary Jean Tapper is an award-winning illustrator based in New Zealand. She creates picture books, and works as a lecturer and researcher. Her awards include the ABIA Children’s Picture Book of the Year, Storylines Noteable Award, and Forevablility Book Award.

Hilary illustrates for picture books with Hachette Australia & New Zealand, Affirm Publishing, Gecko Press and Exisle Publishing. She uses ink, watercolour and pencil.

Her picture books include At The Bach (2023, written by Joy Cowley), What To Do (2023, written by Davina Bell), The Day You Were Born (2023, written by Emma Bowd), The Fairies' Easter Egg Surprise (2023, written by Sarina Dickson), What To Say, (2022, written by Davina Bell), A Stick and A Stone (2021, written by Sarina Dickson), and Freddy the Not-Teddy (2021, written by Kristen Schroeder).


The Necessity of Creativity

Pechakucha presentation

Creativity the Key

Stuff.co.nz article

Women, Creativity & Healing

Radio interview with Rachel Haselden

Meet the Illustrator

Interview with In Their Own Write

A glimpse into Hilary's illustration process