Kath Grimshaw

Kath Grimshaw - Designer

Totnes, UK

Book designer and illustrator. 20 years experience in publishing. Penguin, DK, Orchard, Templar, Scholastic, Ladybird, BBC, JKP and more.

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Overview

I'm a creative book designer and illustrator, specializing in the children's book market. I began my career over twenty years ago working on the comic, Disney's Planet, and since then I have worked, both in-house and freelance for many publishers, including BBC Children's books, Penguin, Scholastic and Ladybird. My expertise ranges across licensed characters, reference, novelty and picture books, and I am skilled in Adobe Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

I also have a passion for illustration and have illustrated books for Ladybird, Kingfisher and JKP, as well as my own book, Frankie's Foibles, published in 2016. I love to incorporate hand painted and drawn techniques and textures within digital artwork.

Whether it's with design or illustration, I can help to bring your vision to life.

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Work experience

Freelance Book designer and Illustrator

Self-employed
May, 2005 – Present (about 17 years)

Since having my children I have worked freelance as a designer and illustrator for a number of clients, mostly, though not exclusively within the children's book industry. I've also designed book covers for sports/cookery and fiction.

Art Editor/Senior Designer/Designer

DK, Ladybird, BBC Children's Books, Disney's Planet
July, 1999 – March, 2007 (over 7 years)

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Fungarium (Welcome To The Museum)

Ester Gaya

Illustrator Katie Scott returns to the Welcome to the Museum series with exquisite, detailed images of some of the most fascinating living organisms on this planet - fungi. From the fungi we see on supermarket shelves to fungi like penicillium that have shaped human history, this is the definitive introduction to what fungi are and just how vital they are to the world's ecosystem.Created in co... read more

Illustrator Katie Scott returns to the Welcome to the Museum series with exquisite, detailed images of some of the most fascinating living organisms on this planet - fungi. From the fungi we see on supermarket shelves to fungi like penicillium that have shaped human history, this is the definitive introduction to what fungi are and just how vital they are to the world's ecosystem.Created in co... read more

Ellie Jelly and the Massive Mum Meltdown

Sarah Naish

Ellie Jelly wakes up hungry and ready for breakfast, but Mum is busy with her little sister Grace. Ellie tries to get Mum's attention: she bangs the table, she makes loud singing noises, but it's no good. Finally she decides to make her own breakfast, picking up the heavy milk carton and - OH NO - spilling the milk all over the table and the floor!Mum gets really angry and shouts at Ellie - El... read more

Ellie Jelly wakes up hungry and ready for breakfast, but Mum is busy with her little sister Grace. Ellie tries to get Mum's attention: she bangs the table, she makes loud singing noises, but it's no good. Finally she decides to make her own breakfast, picking up the heavy milk carton and - OH NO - spilling the milk all over the table and the floor!Mum gets really angry and shouts at Ellie - El... read more

Big Birthday Cake Rescue: A PJ Masks picture book

Pat-a-Cake, PJ Masks

It's time to be a hero! By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, PJ Masks! It's Greg's birthday and he's super excited for his lizard-themed party, but when his cake goes missing, the PJ Masks must find the pesky villain and get it back. Night Ninja has the cake and the PJ Masks must work together to beat the baddie!Also available: PJ Masks: Big... read more

It's time to be a hero! By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, PJ Masks! It's Greg's birthday and he's super excited for his lizard-themed party, but when his cake goes missing, the PJ Masks must find the pesky villain and get it back. Night Ninja has the cake and the PJ Masks must work together to beat the baddie!Also available: PJ Masks: Big... read more

PJ Masks: Annual 2019: Perfect for little heroes everywhere!

By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, the PJ Masks. Discover a year of PJ Masks fun with the official annual. Jam-packed with super puzzles, games and activities, the annual has everything you need to know about the PJ Masks. Can you help the PJ Masks to defeat the baddies? It's time to be a hero! A must-have gift for PJ Masks fans of any age... read more

By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, the PJ Masks. Discover a year of PJ Masks fun with the official annual. Jam-packed with super puzzles, games and activities, the annual has everything you need to know about the PJ Masks. Can you help the PJ Masks to defeat the baddies? It's time to be a hero! A must-have gift for PJ Masks fans of any age... read more

Into the Night: Glow-in-the-dark sticker book (PJ Masks)

Pat-a-Cake, PJ Masks

PJ Masks are on their way, into the night to save the day! By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, the PJ Masks. Colour, stick and play in this interactive sticker book featuring everyone's favourite nocturnal heroes, their super-cool vehicles and of course those pesky villains, Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja. With over 125 stickers - includi... read more

PJ Masks are on their way, into the night to save the day! By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, the PJ Masks. Colour, stick and play in this interactive sticker book featuring everyone's favourite nocturnal heroes, their super-cool vehicles and of course those pesky villains, Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja. With over 125 stickers - includi... read more

Frankie's Foibles: A story about a boy who worries

Kath Grimshaw

Frankie is worried. He's worried about his new school, he's worried about making friends, and he's worried about the bully boys that wait for him on the corner of the street. But most of all, he's worried about what might happen if he steps on the cracks in the pavement.Then Frankie learns about his foibles, the pesky little creatures that whisper worries in his ear. They are bullies, just lik... read more

Frankie is worried. He's worried about his new school, he's worried about making friends, and he's worried about the bully boys that wait for him on the corner of the street. But most of all, he's worried about what might happen if he steps on the cracks in the pavement.Then Frankie learns about his foibles, the pesky little creatures that whisper worries in his ear. They are bullies, just lik... read more

Big Birthday Cake Rescue: A PJ Masks picture book

Pat-a-Cake, PJ Masks

It's time to be a hero! By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, PJ Masks! It's Greg's birthday and he's super excited for his lizard-themed party, but when his cake goes missing, the PJ Masks must find the pesky villain and get it back. Night Ninja has the cake and the PJ Masks must work together to beat the baddie!Also available: PJ Masks: Big... read more

It's time to be a hero! By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, PJ Masks! It's Greg's birthday and he's super excited for his lizard-themed party, but when his cake goes missing, the PJ Masks must find the pesky villain and get it back. Night Ninja has the cake and the PJ Masks must work together to beat the baddie!Also available: PJ Masks: Big... read more

Peppa Pig: Peppa's New Friend

NILL

BRAND NEW, Exactly same ISBN as listed, Please double check ISBN carefully before ordering.

BRAND NEW, Exactly same ISBN as listed, Please double check ISBN carefully before ordering.

Peppa Pig: Peppa's Castle Adventure

NA

BRAND NEW, Exactly same ISBN as listed, Please double check ISBN carefully before ordering.

BRAND NEW, Exactly same ISBN as listed, Please double check ISBN carefully before ordering.

Wipe Clean Workbook: Cursive Handwriting (Wipe Clean Learning Books)

Roger Priddy

Boost your child’s confidence by helping them to learn cursive handwriting with this wipe-clean workbook. On each page there are letter outlines to trace over, with an area for free-hand copying. Included with the book is a special pen, and the wipe-clean pages enable children to practice over and over to improve their pen control and writing skills until they have mastered handwriting. With b... read more

Boost your child’s confidence by helping them to learn cursive handwriting with this wipe-clean workbook. On each page there are letter outlines to trace over, with an area for free-hand copying. Included with the book is a special pen, and the wipe-clean pages enable children to practice over and over to improve their pen control and writing skills until they have mastered handwriting. With b... read more

Zootropolis - English Vocabulary, Ages 6-7 (Disney Learning)

No author

In Zootropolis, 'Anyone can be anything'!' So, have a wild time boosting your school skills and you can be anything too! Just like bouncy young bunny Judy Hopps of the Zootropolis police force. She wants your help to solve crimes and catch crooks - which means using your brain. Are you up to the task? Skill up in this all-new sticker workbook, packed with movie fun and essential learning for s... read more

In Zootropolis, 'Anyone can be anything'!' So, have a wild time boosting your school skills and you can be anything too! Just like bouncy young bunny Judy Hopps of the Zootropolis police force. She wants your help to solve crimes and catch crooks - which means using your brain. Are you up to the task? Skill up in this all-new sticker workbook, packed with movie fun and essential learning for s... read more

Rainbow Magic: The Ultimate Fairy Guide

Daisy Meadows

The ultimate must-have for any fairy fan: a full color guide to your favorite Rainbow Magic fairies!The guide that fairy fans have been waiting for is finally here! There are 150 fairies inside!This full-color handbook is packed with fun, new information about your favorite fairies. You'll learn about their best friends, their hobbies, their unique magical powers, and much more! What is Ruby t... read more

The ultimate must-have for any fairy fan: a full color guide to your favorite Rainbow Magic fairies!The guide that fairy fans have been waiting for is finally here! There are 150 fairies inside!This full-color handbook is packed with fun, new information about your favorite fairies. You'll learn about their best friends, their hobbies, their unique magical powers, and much more! What is Ruby t... read more

Sit!

Matt Harvey

Claudia Schmid’s drawings meet Matt Harvey’s words in this affectionate look at dogs and their humans. Sit! is an entertaining, occasionally surreal, but mostly down-to-earth celebration of the strange, satisfying relationship between dogs and their human companions. Featuring beautiful black-and-white line illustrations to accompany Harvey’s amusing and wry poems, it’s the perfect gift book f... read more

Claudia Schmid’s drawings meet Matt Harvey’s words in this affectionate look at dogs and their humans. Sit! is an entertaining, occasionally surreal, but mostly down-to-earth celebration of the strange, satisfying relationship between dogs and their human companions. Featuring beautiful black-and-white line illustrations to accompany Harvey’s amusing and wry poems, it’s the perfect gift book f... read more

Kath has 12 reviews

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Allison Holmes
Kath created for us a very beautiful cover design. Exactly what we had in mind, even better. She was very professional and talented.

Allison Holmes, June 2022


Tresa Green
I truly enjoyed working with Kath, She displayed professionalism throughout this journey. I cannot express enough how your promptness in communication and creativity made the final stages of bringing my book come to life. Thanks a million, Kath for agreeing to work with me on a project so near and dear to my heart it means a lot to me. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Tresa Green, March 2022

Kath Grimshaw
Really enjoyed working on your lovely book, Tresa. It felt very collaborative and I love the story!

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Laura Smetana
I had a wonderful experience working with Kath! Her experience showed throughout our collaboration and she was very knowledgeable about the different requirements for formatting files for both Ingram and KDP, as well as ebook files. The interior and cover design turned out beautifully and the result was beyond my expectations. The font and the way she laid out the text were perfect for my story...
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Laura Smetana, January 2022


Lee Anton-Hem
Kath is an outstanding illustrator of children's books! I still cannot believe that she was able to illustrate my story exactly how I had pictured it in my head when writing it. Kath has a talent for being in the story and creating from that place. A true creative artist, in my opinion. Collaborating with Kath has been an absolute pleasure. Her work is timely, her communication punctual and he...
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Lee Anton-Hem, December 2021

Kath Grimshaw
I really loved working with Lee and on such a wonderful book.

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Julia Guerrier
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Kath. I love how she designed my book. I highly recommend her services!

Julia Guerrier, September 2021

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