I am represented by Hilary Delamere at The Agency please click here for any literary illustration enquiries.

My first book 'One Fox' is out now with the wonderful Two Hoots (Macmillan) It can be bought in all good bookshops both in Paperback and Hardback. My new Two Hoots book is out in Spring 2021!

I graduated in 2018 from the renowned MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

ENQUIRIES- For all prints or commissions which aren't yet for sale in my shop, drop me an email and I'll arrange printing.

EMAIL- katereadillustration@gmail.com


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


Two Hoots says...

"One Fox is a stunning counting book and thrilling farmyard adventure from the brilliantly talented author and illustrator, Kate Read.

One famished fox with two sly eyes is on the prowl ... three plump hens had better watch out!

The rich, close-up illustrations take the reader to the heart of the drama in this exciting story set in a moonlit farmyard. With something different to count in every picture, learning numbers from one to ten has never been so much fun, while the story will keep everyone gripped to the last, hugely satisfying page.

Kate Read is a graduate from the prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Her luscious artwork is a mixture of collage, printing and drawing, creating layers of beautiful texture and detail."

Waterstones says...

"A rip-roaring yarn with added educational value to boot, Kate Read’s inspired counting book turns numeracy into a moonlit adventure for farmyard survival. Illustrated with a real feel for texture and tone, One Fox is the perfect encouragement for all reluctant little mathematicians."

Kirkus review of 'One Fox'...

"In a manner reminiscent of Pat Hutchins’ Rosie’s Walk (1967), the intrigue and story arc are communicated visually while the counting progresses. Lovely, potent, brightly colored illustrations in a combination of textured collage and paint against white space transition to a dark, moonlit backdrop. Little ones will eagerly count in subsequent readings as they also learn new descriptive vocabulary and cheer for the brave hens."

The Independent best books to read your children in 2020

"A “counting book thriller” definitely sounds like a new genre. The gripping drama, by debut author and illustrator Kate Read, is set in a moonlit farmyard, with close-up illustrations of a fox on the prowl. It will have you and your children sitting on the edge of the bed. Will the fox get the hens? There is something different to count on every page, to help learn numbers from one to 10."

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