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Catherine Rayner

Born in Harrogate, England, Catherine Rayner has grown to become one of the UK's most cherished children's book illustrators and authors. With a background in Illustration from the Edinburgh College of Art, Catherine's passion for creating sprouted early in her life.


Her illustrations are noted for their unique style – a blend of fluid lines and watery colors that bring her animal characters to life in an emotionally rich and tactile manner. Her depictions of wildlife, filled with character and emotion, have captivated the hearts of children and adults alike.


Her debut book, "Augustus and His Smile," was published in 2006 and received immediate acclaim, setting the tone for her illustrious career. Since then, she has penned and illustrated numerous books, with many of them receiving prestigious awards. For example, "Harris Finds His Feet" won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009, a testament to her exceptional talent.


Beyond her solo projects, Catherine has also collaborated with other celebrated children's authors, bringing their words to life through her captivating illustrations.


In her personal life, Catherine cites nature and her childhood experiences as major influences on her work. Her love for animals, especially large ones, is evident in her portfolio which includes a plethora of elephants, tigers, and bears.


Today, Catherine Rayner continues to inspire young readers and budding artists with her enchanting tales and distinctive artwork, leaving an indelible mark on the world of children's literature.

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