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Catherine Rayner - Illustrator

About the 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 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

Posy

Posy

Author: Linda Newbery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

An adorable story about the cutest and cheekiest of kittens. Perfect for cat lovers of all ages! She's a whiskers wiper, knitting tangler, cushion clawer, sprawly snorer... Join Posy the kitten as she bounces and pounces through an adventure-filled day. Posy may be one of the cheekiest, most inquisitive kittens around, but that doesn't stop her being one of the most loveable ones too! An irresistible picture book from Costa Children's Book Award Winner, Linda Newbery and Kate Greenaway Medal Winner, Catherine Rayner. Inspired by their own love of cats!

The Go-Away Bird

The Go-Away Bird

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

A gorgeous story about friendship and working together from a star picture-book partnership, the inimitable Julia Donaldson and award-winning Catherine Rayner. 'The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest, With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.' One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . . The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children's author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. A charming story about the power of friendship from a thrilling creative partnership, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.

Solamh an Crogall

Solamh an Crogall

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

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 in Romanian and English

Augustus and His Smile in Romanian and English

Author: Catherine Raynor 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

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

Augustus and his smile

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2008

Augustus and his Smile (English/Russian)

Augustus and his Smile (English/Russian)

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

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