Cathie Felstead

Cathie Felstead

Original picture book artwork by Cathie Felstead is available for purchase from Children's Book Illustration.

Cathie Felstead attended the Chelsea School of Art, where she obtained a first degree in graphic design. She then studied for a masters degree in illustration at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1980.

She started her career producing designs for book covers, including books by William Golding, Iris Murdoch, Isabel Allende, Nadine Gordimer, and Alice Walker.
She has produced imagery for advertising campaigns, packaging, T-shirts, opera and ballet, T.V., magazines, greeting cards, and books. Her clients have included British Airways, Channel 4, Ballet Rambert, Fiat, Oxfam, Lynx (the anti fur trade organisation), Walker Books, Barclays, Glastonbury festivals, and The Body Shop. Her work has been exhibited at The Curwen Gallery, London, and several exhibitions in Britain and abroad.

Cathie has received many awards for her work, including The Berger Prize and the RCA travelling scholarship. She was runner up in the Mother Goose Award for illustrating A Caribbean Dozen and has received 3 Gold Oppenheimer awards for children's book illustration in the U.S.A. An Island Grows was highly commended for the 2007 Charlotte Zolotow Award.


Highlight and click on a book cover below to view the illustrations from that book
The Circle of Days
Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
A Caribbean Dozen
Family Lullaby
An Island Grows
inividual illustrations


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  • ‘The Spider’

    ‘The Spider’

  • ‘Wind’


  • ‘To keep a rabbit is a good habit!’

    ‘To keep a rabbit is a good habit!’

  • ‘All the Ones They Call Lowly’

    ‘All the Ones They Call Lowly’

  • ‘Count Laughula returns to his shell safely tucked in with a comic book.’

    ‘Count Laughula returns to his shell safely tucked in with a comic book.’

  • ‘Boats in the Caribbean’

    ‘Boats in the Caribbean’

  • ‘Zobobird’


  • ‘Cow & Crane  (facing contents page artwork)’

    ‘Cow & Crane (facing contents page artwork)’