Katie Cleminson studied Illustration for Children’s Publishing at North Wales School of Art; she graduated in 2007 with a First Class Honours degree and her work has been exhibited in London, Poland, Italy, Japan and Korea.

In her final year at college she was selected for the prestigious Illustrators Exhibition in Bologna, and was discovered there by her publisher Penguin Random House. Her books have been translated into ten other languages, and she is published by Disney-Hyperion in America. 

 Her newest title ‘Otto the Book Bear’ was highly reviewed by the New York Times, was Children’s Book of the Week in the Sunday Times, and picked as one of the Sunday Times 100 Modern Children’s Classics in 2014. 


Booktrust Best Emerging Illustrator Award for 'Box of Tricks’ 2009

Selected as one of the Booktrust Best New Illustrators 2011

Winner of the Hampshire Picture Book Award for 'Otto the Book Bear’ (chosen by schoolchildren)



Booktrust Best New Illustrators Exhibition toured the UK in 2011 and 2012. Included the following venues- Illustration Cupboard, Plymouth City Museum, Free Word Centre, and National Galleries of Scotland. 

Bologna Illustrators Exhibition 2007 (only illustrator selected from Great Britain) This exhibition toured Italy, Japan and Korea.