Katherine Battersby

About the Artist

Katherine is the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of fourteen children’s books published around the world, including many picture books (such as Trouble and Perfect Pigeons) and the popular graphic novel series, Cranky Chicken. Her books have received glowing reviews in The New York Times, starred Kirkus reviews and been named CBC Children’s Choice books. She is regularly booked to speak in schools, libraries and at festivals and she is a passionate advocate for literacy and the arts. In another life, Katherine worked for many years as a pediatric occupational therapist, specializing as a children’s counsellor. She has also studied graphic design and loves typography, handmade paper and vintage teacups.

Katherine currently divides her time between Brisbane (Australia) and Ottawa (Canada) with her poet partner, their daughter and a gentleman dog.

I always try to say one thing with my words and then reveal something slightly different with my illustrations.

— Katherine Battersby

Artist's Programs

Curriculum Links

Identify and describe the characteristics of a variety of text forms; demonstrate understanding of a text by identifying ideas and supporting details; express personal thoughts and feelings about what has been read; use elements of design to communicate ideas, messages and personal understandings.

Artistic Disciplines

Literary Arts, Visual Arts


Culturally Diverse, Women+


Children ages 5 - 11, Children ages 12 - 18, Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Language Proficiency


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