Katie was the winner of the 2017 Batsford Prize Children’s Illustration Award, where she was awarded first prize for her submission Home Grown. But as Neil Dunnicliffe, Publisher at Pavilion Children’s Books, said:
“As soon as we saw Katie’s entry to the Batsford Prize we knew we wanted to work with her and decided to offer a book contract there and then at the awards ceremony. Katie is a brilliant illustrator and storyteller and a star in the making. The Green Giant is a funny and optimistic story with stunning illustrations. It carries an important message lightly and with beauty.”
As reported in The Bookseller today, The Green Giant has environmental issues at its heart, and tells the story of Bea Green…
When Bea Green goes to stay with her grandfather in the country, she discovers a giant made of plants. The Giant helps her understand more about our planet, and she returns to her home in the city with a new awareness of the importance of plants in our world and our ecosystem.
The Green Giant taps into our concern for the environment and trends for greening our cities – its message is to put down your phone and help to save the world.
Katie Cottle added: “I’ve had such a great experience working with the team at Pavilion! I’ve learnt so much and I’m so excited for my first book to be out!”
Katie lives in Bristol after graduating from the Illustration course at the University of the West of England in 2017, and has since been working as a freelance illustrator.