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Catherine Rayner - Author

Catherine Rayner was born in Harrogate and now lives in Edinburgh. She has a BA Hons in Visual Communication and Illustration from Leeds College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. Much of her inspiration – and occasionally modelling! – for her illustration comes from her pets: her horse Shannon, guinea pig Marvin, dog Ellie, cat Emma and two goldfish, Bruce and Sheila. Catherine was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award Best New Illustrator in 2006, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009.

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Prize winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has created stunning picture books introducing delightful characters including Harris, a hare with exceptionally large feet and Ernest, a moose who is determined to get himself into a book – no mean feat when you are too big to fit in the pages. Gorgeous, warmly coloured large scale pictures lie at the heart of Catherine’s work.

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Augustus and His Smile
Catherine Rayner
A reissue to mark the 10th Anniversary of this absolutely delightful picture book. The opposing emotions of happiness and sadness are conveyed quite beautifully throughout Augustus's story until at last his smile returns because he starts looking at the wonderful...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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Solomon and Mortimer
Catherine Rayner
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, February 2016 Award-winning illustrations by Catherine Rayner show the cheeky young crocodiles Solomon and Mortimer who love to...
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Format: Hardback | Released 11/02/2016
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Smelly Louie
Catherine Rayner
Nobody smells quite like Louie. This pongy pooch has his own particular odour and it is definitely NOTHING like roses and apple blossom. After he's forced to have a bath, Louie is determined to recreate his Special Smell so he...
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Format: Board book | Released 11/02/2016
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Smelly Louie
Catherine Rayner
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, July 2015. Nobody smells quite like Louie. This pongy pooch has his own particular odour and it is definitely NOTHING like roses and apple blossom. After he's forced to have a bath, Louie is...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Solomon Crocodile
Catherine Rayner
Prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner fills her pages with big animals. This time it is Solomon the crocodile with great big teeth who wants to play - but Solomon's idea of play is rather different from everyone else. Solomon charges and...
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Format: Board book | Released 01/01/2015
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Smelly Louie
Catherine Rayner
Winner of the 2015 Peters Book of the Year 'Picture Book' Award and Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 Nobody smells quite like Louie. This pongy pooch has his own particular odour and it is definitely NOTHING like roses and apple...
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Format: Hardback | Released 31/07/2014
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Abigail
Catherine Rayner
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 Kate Greenaway winner Catherine Rayner's gorgeous bold animals fill the pages perfectly in this entertaining counting book. Abigail the giraffe wants to count everything and anything she can. But counting is hard when...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2014
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Abigail
Catherine Rayner
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 Kate Greenaway winner Catherine Rayner's gorgeous bold animals fill the pages perfectly in this entertaining counting book. Abigail the giraffe wants to count everything and anything she can. But counting is hard when...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/08/2013
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Solomon Crocodile
Catherine Rayner
Shortlisted for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. The Judges said: The depiction of the animal characters is superb, with Solomon the archetypal naughty toddler. The use of colour is exquisite throughout, and the book has a real sense of vibrancy...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Iris and Isaac
Catherine Rayner
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has produced a new outstanding title. Polar bears Iris and Isaac fall out over sharing their nest. Each stomps away in a Big Bear Huff but...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/09/2011
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Solomon Crocodile
Catherine Rayner
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner fills her pages with big animals. This time it is Solomon the crocodile with great big teeth who wants to play - but Solomon's idea of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2011
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Iris and Isaac
Catherine Rayner
Prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has produced a new outstanding title. Polar bears Iris and Isaac fall out over sharing their nest. Each stomps away in a Big Bear Huff but soon both find that they don't enjoy anything half as...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2010
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Ernest
Catherine Rayner
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2011 A useful book about friendship. A brilliant joke lies at the heart of prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner's Ernest. Ernest is a LARGE Moose. So large that, even though he tries squashing and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2010
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Sylvia and Bird
Catherine Rayner
Shortlisted for the Pre-school Award, Early Year Awards 2009 Sylvia is the only dragon in the whole world, and she is very lonely... until one day, she meets Bird. Tiny and chirpy, so different from the huge dragon, Bird somehow...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2010
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Ernest
Catherine Rayner
A brilliant joke lies at the heart of prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner's Ernest. Ernest is a LARGE Moose. So large that, even though he tries squashing and squeezing, he just can't fit all of himself into a book. Luckily he...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/09/2009
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Harris Finds his Feet
Catherine Rayner
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Touching and inspiring, this is a beautiful story of a youngster finding his feet and being encouraged to forge his own way in the world by his remarkable Grandfather. Harris is a very...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2009
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Sylvia and Bird
Catherine Rayner
Shortlisted for the Pre-school Award, Early Year Awards 2009 Sylvia is the only dragon in the whole world, and she is very lonely... until one day, she meets Bird. Tiny and chirpy, so different from the huge dragon, Bird...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2009
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Augustus And His Smile
Catherine Rayner
Catherine Rayner has been selected as one of The Big Picture campaign's Best New Illustrators in 2008. Shortlisted for the Greenaway Award 2007. An absolutely delightful picture book for parent and child to share from a very talented...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2007
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Augustus And His Smile
Catherine Rayner
Catherine Rayner has been selected as one of The Big Picture campaign's Best New Illustrators in 2008. An absolutely delightful picture book for parent and child to share from a very talented new author and illustrator who is also the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/04/2006
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