The Green Giant, from our first illustrator, Katie Cottle is published today by Pavilion Children’s Books.

Katie was the winner of the 2017 Batsford Prize for Illustration for her submission “Home Grown”, out of which the idea for The Green Giant grew…

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 has been highly commended in the Macmillan Prize in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Neil Duncliff, publisher at Pavilion, 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.”

Katie Cottle is a freelance illustrator and picture-book-maker based in Bristol. Originally from Swansea, Katie graduated from the Illustration course at the University of the West of England in 2017. She enjoys telling stories through drawing, and uses a variety of media, including a mix of traditional and digital techniques.