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Read a Q&A with the winner of the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, Catherine Rayner, and use her award-winning book, Harris Finds His Feet to inspire creativity in your classroom

Catherine Rayner

Award-winning children’s illustrator, Catherine Rayner, takes inspiration from the animals around her

Introduce children to the winner of the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, Catherine Rayner. Catherine’s latest award-winning book, Harris Finds His Feet, is a beautifully illustrated story with a heart-warming message about growing up and celebrating uniqueness—two apt back-to-school messages.

Exploring an author with your class is an ideal way to share and discuss where the inspiration for stories can come from – and you never know, it might inspire future award-winning authors and illustrators!

Below are some questions we asked Catherine about where the idea for Harris Finds His Feet came from and how she goes about creating her expressive artwork…

Where did the inspiration for Harris Finds his Feet come from?

Well, I love hares! They are wonderful animals to draw – long whiskers, big ears and best of all big feet! I knew I wanted to write a story about a hare, his feet and how useful they are! I also wanted to write about relationships and discovery!

Harris from _Harris Finds His Feet_

How long did the book take to make from start to finish?

From the early sketches of hares to the finished book took around twelve months.

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