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Catherine Rayner - Author

About the 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.

Featured books by Catherine Rayner

Smelly Louie

Smelly Louie

3+ readers

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Louie the dog has just had a bath - and he is NOT happy about it. He smells all wrong. Determined to get his Special Smell back, he goes on a hunt for it and meets lots of smelly things along the way - a fox, some interesting dustbins and a marvellously muddy puddle to roll in. Will he succeed in getting his smell back? And, more importantly, will he be able to keep it this time ...?

Smelly Louie

Smelly Louie

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal  Louie the dog has just had a bath - and he is NOT happy about it. He smells all wrong. Determined to get his Special Smell back, he goes on a hunt for it and meets lots of smelly things along the way - a fox, some interesting dustbins and a marvellously muddy puddle to roll in. Will he succeed in getting his smell back? And, more importantly, will he be able to keep it this time ...?

Other books by Catherine Rayner

Ernest 10th Anniversary Edition

Ernest 10th Anniversary Edition

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Celebrating ten years of this much-loved story, Ernest: 10th Anniversary Edition is a wonderfully imaginative book about a moose with a big problem from the award-winning Catherine Rayner. Ernest is a rather large moose with a rather large problem. He is so big he can't fit inside his book! What is a moose to do? Luckily Ernest is also a very determined moose, and he and his little chipmunk friend aren't going to give up easily. Will they find a way for Ernest to fit in? Featuring a surprise fold-out ending, children will love this brilliantly funny book from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner, illustrator of The Go-Away Bird by Julia Donaldson. Celebrating ten years of this much-loved story, Ernest: 10th Anniversary Edition is a charming addition to every child's bookshelf.

Harris Finds His Feet

Harris Finds His Feet

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Board book Release Date: 13/06/2019

Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2009 Harris was a very small hare with very big feet. Why do I have such enormous feet, Grandad? Harris sighed. So Grandad shows Harris how to hop high into the sky, to climb to the tops of the mountains, and to run very fast. Harris not only learns about the world around him but also the importance of finding his own feet... A beautiful and remarkable story of a child's journey to independence.

One Happy Tiger

One Happy Tiger

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Board book Release Date: 06/04/2017

Catherine Rayner has the marvellous gift for capturing the souls of animals in a few, rich washes of colour. - The Daily Telegraph. Help your toddler learn to count from one to ten with this stylish counting book from Catherine Rayner. The simple text gently touches on themes of happiness, friendship and the natural world, making it the perfect companion to the classic picture book, Augustus and His Smile. With sturdy board pages for little hands to turn, this beautiful tall-format board book encourages your child to practise their first numbers and develop their counting skills - and it's a wonderful gift for babies and toddlers too.

Norris the Bear Who Shared

Norris the Bear Who Shared

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2017

Norris loves plorringes! When he spots one ripening in the afternoon sun, he sits back and patiently waits for the fruit to drop from the tree into his paws. But Norris isn't the only one who adores plorringes . . . pesky Tulip and Violet love them too and they can't wait for the one in the tree to ripen, so they scamper up the branch to investigate. So who will get their paws on the delicious fruit first? This beautifully written tale explores themes of friendship, patience and sharing, as well as teaching the five senses.

Solomon and Mortimer

Solomon and Mortimer

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

Solomon Crocodile and his friend Mortimer are bored. They want to find some fun, but what can they do? Tree-climbing is tricky, chasing lizards doesn't end well and flying turns out to be a lot harder than it looks. But then they spot the biggest hippo in the river. Just imagine the splash he'd make if two naughty crocodiles were to surprise him! But Solomon and Mortimer are about to get a whole lot more than they bargained for . . . Sure to delight fans of the original Solomon Crocodile, which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide, Solomon and Mortimer is a warm, funny and charming tale from the Kate Greenaway Medal winning Catherine Rayner, which young children will ask for again and again.

Augustus and His Smile 10th Anniversary Edition

Augustus and His Smile 10th Anniversary Edition

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Augustus the tiger is sad. He has lost his smile. So he does a HUGE tigery stretch and sets off to find it. As he climbs mountain crests patterned with frost and swims to the bottom of inky blue oceans, Augustus soon realises that his smile will be there whenever he is happy. He just needs to open his eyes to the beauty of the natural world around him. Rediscover the magic of Catherine Rayner's illustrations with this stunning 10th anniversary edition. With a gorgeous jacketed cover with gold foiling, this picture book would make a perfect gift for a baby shower, christening or birthday. Augustus and his Smile was Catherine Rayner's first book. It was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award and won the 2006 Booktrust Early Years Award.

Solomon and Mortimer

Solomon and Mortimer

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2016

Solomon Crocodile and his friend Mortimer are bored. They want to find some fun, but what can they do? Tree-climbing is tricky, chasing lizards doesn't end well and flying turns out to be a lot harder than it looks. But then they spot the biggest hippo in the river. Just imagine the splash he'd make if two naughty crocodiles were to surprise him! But Solomon and Mortimer are about to get a whole lot more than they bargained for . . . Sure to delight fans of the original Solomon Crocodile, which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide, Solomon and Mortimer is a warm, funny and charming tale from the Kate Greenaway Medal winning Catherine Rayner, which young children will ask for again and again.

Smelly Louie

Smelly Louie

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Board book Release Date: 09/02/2016

Louie the dog has just had a bath - and he is NOT happy about it. He smells all wrong. Determined to get his Special Smell back, he goes on a hunt for it and meets lots of smelly things along the way - a fox, some interesting dustbins and a marvellously muddy puddle to roll in. Will he ever get his smell back? And, more importantly, will he be able to keep it this time . . . ? Catherine Rayner is the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning creator of Solomon Crocodile and Ernest. Smelly Louie is full of her trademark humour and richly textured artwork. Shortlisted for the Greenaway medal, this funny canine tale will be a sure-fire hit with children and adults alike. In a chunky board book format, this edition of Smelly Louie is perfect for younger readers.

Smelly Louie

Smelly Louie

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

Louie the dog has just had a bath - and he is NOT happy about it. He smells all wrong. Determined to get his Special Smell back, he goes on a hunt for it and meets lots of smelly things along the way - a fox, some interesting dustbins and a marvellously muddy puddle to roll in. Will he ever get his smell back? And, more importantly, will he be able to keep it this time . . . ? Catherine Rayner is the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning creator of Solomon Crocodile and Ernest. Smelly Louie is full of her trademark humour and richly textured artwork. This funny canine tale will be a sure-fire hit with children and adults alike.

Solomon Crocodile

Solomon Crocodile

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2015

Poor Solomon is looking for some fun but no one wants to play. The dragonflies tell him to buzz off, the storks get in a flap, and the hippo? Well, the less said about the hippo, the better! But then somebody else starts causing trouble . . . and for once it is NOT Solomon. Could it be the perfect pal for a lonely crocodile? Solomon Crocodile is a snappy, happy book from Catherine Rayner, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal. This chunky board book format with a beautifully foiled cover is perfect for younger readers. Featuring instantly recognizable, stunning artwork and an irresistibly cheeky central character that children will love, Solomon Crocodile is a book to treasure.

Abigail

Abigail

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2014

Abigail loves to count. It is her very favourite thing. But when she tries counting Zebra's stripes and Cheetah's spots, they just won't sit still. It's hopeless! What will Abigail do? A beautiful book by award-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner, full of gorgeous illustrations of Abigail the giraffe and her friends Cheetah and Zebra. Abigail is a perfect bedtime read with a stunning fold-out night sky ending. Shortlisted for the 2014 Kate Greenaway Medal! Catherine Rayner is the winner of the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Harris Finds His Feet and illustrator and author of Solomon Crocodile and Augustus and his Smile.

Abigail

Abigail

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2013

Abigail loves to count. It is her very favourite thing. But when she tries counting Zebra's stripes and Cheetah's spots, they just won't sit still. It's hopeless! What will Abigail do? A beautiful book by award-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner, full of gorgeous illustrations of Abigail the giraffe and her friends Cheetah and Zebra. Abigail is a perfect bedtime read with a stunning fold-out night sky ending. Catherine Rayner is the winner of the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Harris Finds His Feet and illustrator and author of Solomon Crocodile and Augustus and his Smile.

Solamh an Crogall

Solamh an Crogall

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/04/2013

Solomon Crocodile

Solomon Crocodile

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Poor Solomon is looking for some fun but no one wants to play. The dragonflies tell him to buzz off, the storks get in a flap, and the hippo? Well, the less said about the hippo, the better! But then somebody else starts causing trouble . . . and for once it is NOT Solomon. Could it be the perfect pal for a lonely crocodile? Solomon Crocodile is a snappy, happy, fun story with stunning artwork from the Kate Greenaway award-winning Catherine Rayner.

Iris and Isaac

Iris and Isaac

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Iris and Issac are NOT FRIENDS. Off they stomp, in a big huff, as far away from each other as possible. And as they stomp, they see funny, strange and wonderful things. If only the were together to share them...

Augustus and His Smile in Arabic and English

Augustus and His Smile in Arabic and English

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2011

Augustus and His Smile Polish/English

Augustus and His Smile Polish/English

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2011

Augustus and His Smile Panjabi/English

Augustus and His Smile Panjabi/English

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2011

Augustus and His Smile in Farsi and English

Augustus and His Smile in Farsi and English

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2011

Augustus and His Smile in Lithuanian and English

Augustus and His Smile in Lithuanian and English

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2011

Iris and Isaac

Iris and Isaac

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2010

Iris and Isaac are NOT FRIENDS. Off they stomp, in a big huff, as far away from each other as possible. And as they stomp, they see funny, strange and wonderful things. If only they were together to share them...From Catherine Rayner, winner of the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway medal. A warm and touching story exploring friendship and the importance of sharing. Beautifully written text and wonderfully individual artwork.

Ernest

Ernest

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2009

Ernest is a rather large moose with a rather large problem. He is so big he can't fit inside his book! Luckily Ernest is also a very determined moose, and he and his little chipmunk friend aren't going to give up easily. Will they find a way for Ernest to fit in? Featuring a surprise fold-out ending, children will love this stunning book from the award-winning Catherine Rayner.

Harris Finds His Feet

Harris Finds His Feet

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2009

Harris was a very small hare with very big feet. Why do I have such enormous feet, Grandad? Harris sighed. So Grandad shows Harris how to hop high into the sky, to climb to the tops of the mountains, and to run very fast. Harris not only learns about the world around him but also the importance of finding his own feet...

Sylvia and Bird

Sylvia and Bird

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2009

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 changes Sylvia's life for ever.

Augustus and His Smile in Slovakian and English

Augustus and His Smile in Slovakian and English

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2008

Augustus and his Smile (English/Russian)

Augustus and his Smile (English/Russian)

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2008

Augustus and His Smile

Augustus and His Smile

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2007

Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile. So he did a huge tigery stretch, and set off to find it. In this book, the author and illustrator Catherine Rayner celebrates the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings us when we open our eyes to it.

Augustus and His Smile

Augustus and His Smile

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2006

Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile. So he did a huge tigery stretch, and set off to find it. In this book, the author and illustrator Catherine Rayner celebrates the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings us when we open our eyes to it.

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