Catherine Rayner studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with her family and a small menagerie of creatures including Shannon the horse, Ena the cat and a goldfish called Richard, all of whom inspire her artwork. In 2008 Catherine was selected as one of the Ten Best New Illustrators for Booktrust's Big Picture Campaign. She has been short-listed for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal four times, and won in 2009 for Harris Finds His Feet. In addition to illustrating for other authors such as Michael Bond, Holly Webb and Michael Morpurgo, she has also written her own picture books, including Ernest, Solomon Crocodile, Solomon and Mortimer and Smelly Louie, which won the Peter's Book of the Year award in 2015.
Smelly Louie has a funny sense of smell. He loves smells that we think are horrid, like stinky bins. Can you imagine some other smells that Louie might like or hate and draw them?
Poor Solomon Crocodile is looking a bit plain. Can you colour him in to brighten him up?
by @catherinerayner - 17 hours ago
@BookJo @beanstalkreads aw that's lovely!
by @catherinerayner - 19 hours ago
RT @BarringtonStoke: Today's #Advent book is Clare & her Captain by #michaelmorpurgo & @catherinerayner! RT+Follow b4 midnight for chance t…
Lovely window display @mulberrytreegal Swanage. #hares #gallery 🎄making me feel festive! https://t.co/lUA2g30F88
by @catherinerayner - 5 days ago
RT @LittleTigerUK: The lovely @catherinerayner reflects on 10 years of Augustus and His Smile, now available in gorgeous gold foil! https:/…
catherineraynerillustration - 17 hours ago
catherineraynerillustration - 5 days ago
A nice little article, looking back on 10 years of Augustus and his Smile. Thank you iNews.
catherineraynerillustration - 10 days ago
This is Carla!
She's available from Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford but can be shipped anywhere in the world!
catherineraynerillustration - 18 days ago
'Sylvia and Pearl'
I painted this pair many moons ago for Book Trust. At the time this card was given to every baby born in England for a year.
catherineraynerillustration - 19 days ago
If you are looking for one of my hare pieces, the Barefoot Gallery currently has a very good selection:http://www.thebarefootgallery.com/collections/catherine-rayner
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