Thao Lam studied illustration at Sheridcan College in Toronto and works as an art buyer for an educational publishing company. She has an insatiable love of colored and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. She draws inspiration from stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of many illustrations she admires. Her art works have appeared in publications such as Cricket and Highlight magazines. In 2008, she won the Highlights Five Pewter Plate award for verse illustration of the year. She has twice been chosen for the American Illustration Award. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.