Kate Slater grew up on a beautiful farm in deepest Staffordshire, UK, and studied illustration at Kingston University. She works predominantly in mixed media collage and sometimes in ink too, creating most of her work by hand rather than digitally. Her favourite things to draw are currently birds, orangutans and lions, but she's illustrated everything from romantic woodlice to Ada Lovelace! She especially loves creating wildlife illustrations for children that are realistic and yet full of fun and character.
Her children’s books include the Britannica First Big Book of Why, A Peek at Beaks (Millbrook Press, 2021), A is for Ant and other books in the DK animal alphabet series and The Last Bear (HarperCollins Kids, US). She has also created several large-scale installations and window displays, including a flock of 400 life-size birds for the National Trust’s Farne Islands.
When she isn't illustrating, Kate is usually found ambling across the fields with Gladys (or chasing after her), running, reading, singing in a choir and practicing yoga.