Cottle's submission to the prize was the starting point for her debut picture book, The Green Giant
Pavilion Children's Books has signed Katie Cottle, winner of the 2017 Batsford Prize Children's Illustration Award, in a two-book deal. Neil Dunnicliffe, children's publisher at Pavilion, signed world rights through Alice Sutherland-Hawes at Madeleine Milburn Agency.
Cottle graduated from the illustration course at the University of the West of England in 2017. Her submission to the Batsford Prize, Home Grown, was the starting point for her debut picture book The Green Giant, which Pavilion will publish in March 2019. The Green Giant tells the story of Bea Green, who, while staying with her grandfather in the country, discovers a giant made of plants. She returns to her home in the city with a new awareness of the importance of plants in both her own life and our planet's ecosystem.
Dunnicliffe 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."
Photo of Katie Cottle by Will Austin