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Catherine Rayner - Illustrator

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.

Author photo copyright Caroline Heffernan

Featured Books, with extracts, illustrated by Catherine Rayner

One Happy Tiger
Catherine Rayner
The tiger star of this very beautiful counting book first appeared in Catherine Rayner's picture book Augustus and his Smile. Not only does he look gorgeous in this new story – bold black stipes overlay vibrant orange and gold...
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Format: Board book | Released 06/04/2017
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Clare and her Captain
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Catherine Rayner
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - November 2015 Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month Award-winning Michael Morpurgo is always at his best when writing about the countryside and the animals in it. Here, in a story inspired by...
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Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/2017
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Olga da Polga
Michael Bond - illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Stunningly illustrated by award winning illustrator Catherine Rayner, this is a handsome gift edition of an enduring classic by best-selling author Michael Bond the creator of Paddington Bear. Olga da Polga's devil-may-care-charm soon gets her away from the pet shop...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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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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Clare and Her Captain
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Catherine Rayner
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - November 2015 Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month Award-winning Michael Morpurgo is always at his best when writing about the countryside and the animals in it. Here, in a story inspired by...
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Format: Hardback | Released 15/10/2015
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Olga Da Polga
Michael Bond - illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Stunningly illustrated by award winning illustrator Catherine Rayner, this is a handsome gift edition of an enduring classic by best-selling author Michael Bond the creator of Paddington Bear. Olga da Polga's devil-may-care-charm soon gets her away from the pet shop...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2015
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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 01/06/2015
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Gobbolino, the Witch's Cat: Macmillan Classics Edition
Ursula Moray Williams - illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Gobbolino is a cat who can do magic but, despite his family's traditions, he doesn't want to be a witch's cat. All Gobbolino yearns for is to be a quiet, fireside, kitchen cat. But how can he find a home?...
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Format: Hardback | Released 09/10/2014
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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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Gobbolino, the Witch's Cat
Ursula Moray Williams - illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Reissued for its 70th anniversary, this classic tale, which has never been out of print, has been loved by generations of children. This edition with stunning illustrations by award winning Catherine Rayner is truly exceptional and a gift at any...
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Format: Hardback | Released 11/10/2012
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The Tales of Olga Da Polga
Michael Bond - illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Olga da Polga was the sort of guinea-pig who would go places. With a head full of stories and a nose for adventure, Olga da Polga is quite a handful. And, when she moves in to the Sawdust family's garden,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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The Tales of Olga Da Polga
Michael Bond - illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Stunningly illustrated by award winning illustrator Catherine Rayner, this is a handsome gift edition of an enduring classic by best-selling author Michael Bond the creator of Paddington Bear. Olga da Polga's devil-may-care-charm soon gets her away from the pet shop...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2011
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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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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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