Making Happy Books for Happy People

Hello, my name is Tessa Yates and I am the founder of The Happy Book Company, based in Bath UK.

I write and illustrate beautiful books about awesome animals and astronauts. They go on adventures to find out how to choose happiness for themselves no matter what. My characters learn about the power of human connection, perseverance, pride, trust an self-love...all vital ingredients in the recipe for true happiness.

I absolutely love visiting schools and book shops with my books and run illustration workshops for young people and adults. 

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Being on a happiness mission myself, I started making children's books when I finally decided to live a fun, creative and fulfilling life.

I dreamed up The Happy Book Company during an intense and highly transformational workshop about choosing happiness. I was asked to remember what I liked to do as a child, and it was obvious how much I loved creating things to do with pictures and words. I grew up in the countryside and I would spend hours making comics, scrap books and illustrated stories to make sense of the world around me, and bring it to life. 

Now I get to spend all day keeping my inner 5 year old very happy, learning new ways to tell my stories. My primary mission in life is to be happy, and it makes me extremely happy to share the process with my readers, young and old.

I've learnt the secret to a truly happy life, and it makes me so proud to be able to share it with you through the delightful medium of children's books.


The Girl Who Walked to the Moon - Published 2020

Squirrel and the Three Bears - Published 2019

The Girl Who Stole the Stars - to be published Late 2020



Ways of Working - Creative Business Journeys, Knowle-West Media Centre 2019

Frome Small Publishers Fair 2019

Hamiliton House Open Studios 2018

Please do get in touch if you are interested in working with me (and Squirrel). Or subscribe to my mailing list, below, to receive updates on new work and events from the Happy Book Company.

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