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Tessa's children's book illustration

Tessa works with monoprint and mixed media to create joyful illustrations that focus on colour and texture.

Tessa's illustration work is playful and experimental and she loves making a mess. She's a very Happy Lady when she's outside drawing from life or in the print room with inky fingers.

See The Happy Book Lady's illustration work in development over on Instagram.

Prizes and awards

Creative Sector Growth Programme 2022

Runner - up Stratford Salaria Picture Book Prize 2021

WECA Creative Freelancers Award 2021

Arts Council England DYCP 2000

Network For Creative Enterprise 2018 - 2019

Exhibition 'Ways of Working' Knowle West Media Centre 2019

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Who is The Happy Book Lady?


Tessa Cobb is a children's author, illustrator and all round happy person.

Tessa makes children's books about choosing happiness, and is currently taking an MA in Children's Book Illustration at The Cambridge School of Art.


School author visits and literature festival events are her jam.

Tessa also teaches publishing part time at Bath Spa University. She delivers lectures on other creative university courses about funding your creative practice, and is a Creative Mentor at the EMERGE graduate studio at Bath Spa.


Technical Tutor BA Publishing and Journalism 2022 -2023 Bath Spa University;

Guest lecturer Creative Arts Practice BA Bath Spa 2023;

Bath Children's Literature Festival 2022;

Creative Mentor EMERGE Bath Spa 2020 - 2023

Tessa's Happy Books

Each time Tessa faces a big challenge to her happiness, she makes a book about it. Read about the story behind each story on the blog.


Choosing to be happy no matter what life throws at her is an art that Tessa is proud to be cultivating, and she would love to share it with you.


Geoffrey Finds a Bike - Published Autumn 2021

The Girl Who Walked to the Moon - Published 2020

Squirrel and the Three Bears - Published 2019

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Book about togetherness - Geoffrey Finds A Bike

Geoffrey Finds a Bike - children's book about friendship
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Book for living the life of your dreams
The Girl Who Walked to the Moon