Hello! My name is Kate Read and I am a children's book author and illustrator.
I make my illustrations using hand painted and mono printed paper collage which I finish digitally.
My picture books and non-fiction children's books are published in the UK by Pan Macmillan and Nosy Crow.
They have been translated into lots of languages and are available across the world.
Winner of the Teach Early Years Awards, 2021
One Fox shortlisted for the UKLA book awards, 2021
Awarded Arts Council Creative Development Grant, May 2021
Winner of the Mathical Book Prize, 2020
Shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize, 2020
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Childrens Book Prize, 2020
Ezra Jack Keats Honouree, 2020
Shortlisted for The Cambridgeshire Libraries 'Read it Again Award' 2020
Shortlisted for the 'Queen's Knickers 'Award, the Society of Authors, 2020
New York Public Library recommended list, 2019
Winner of the Cybils Awards - Fiction Picture Book, 2019
Awarded a Kirkus Star for One Fox, 2019
Gold Award from the Parent's Choice Foundation, 2019
Winner of SCWBI Undiscovered Voices, 2018
Student teacher on the Cambridge School of Art Children's Book
Illustration Summer School, 2018
Shortlisted for the Batsford Prize and Picturehooks, 2018
Do you need your shop window painted? Great! Picture books signed? Fantastic! Craft activities for children and story time? Yes!
Then, get in touch! I love to get out of my studio and spread my enthusiasm for picture books.
I really enjoy visiting schools and try to make the visit super fun and interactive with creative activities for the children and props to enhance the storytelling experience. I have a clear DBS certificate which I can provide a link to view online.