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Catherine Walters - Illustrator

I have been lucky enough to follow my childhood dream of becoming an Illustrator and Author. I illustrated and wrote over 30 Children's Books. My books have been enjoyed by children throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. They have been translated into all the main European languages, as well as a diverse range of others, including Mandarin, Japanese, Korean & Urdu.

I took a break from illustrating after my third son was born, although I continued to write a few books. During this time we lived in India for 3 years, before finally settling in Tasman, New Zealand.

I am not currently illustrating Children's Books.

Here is the bibliography of my past works published as Catherine Walters.

Christine Leeson - Author

As I was illustrating children's books at the same time writing children's books, I adopted the pen name of Christine Leeson. This ensured that there was no confusion when my stories were illustrated by artists other than myself.

I was fortunate to have my stories illustrated by some of the UK's most talented Illustrators; including Joanne Moss, Tim Warnes, Gaby Hansen, Jane Chapman and Andy Ellis. Being an Illustrator myself it was both magical and enlightening to see my stories transformed by their pictures.

I am not currently writing any books.

Here is the bibliography of my past works published as Christine Leeson.


Max and Minnie

Author: Catherine Walters
Illustrations: Catherine

 

 

 

Max and Minnie are town cats.  They have never chased a bird nor caught a mouse.  Suddenly, their comfortable life changes when they follow a mouse through  mousehole behind the sofa and find themselves in a dark, wintry wood.

 

Catherine Walters is a highly talented new artist whose beautiful and richly detailed pictures follow Max and Minnie's misadventures through a snowy landscape where countless dangers lurk.

"Catherine Walters' sumptuous illustrations create two memorable cat characters... A visually notable book" 
Junior Bookshelf

When will it be Spring?

Author: Catherine Walters
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

It is Alfie's first winter and his mother tells him he must sleep until Spring. "But when will it be spring?" Alfie wonders. Mother Bear tells Alfie it will be Spring when the flowers are out, when the sun shines and when the birds perch on the trees. And as Alfie curls up for the long winter, he feels sure he will know exactly when Spring has arrived. But some things aren't always what they appear to be . . .

 

This delightful story about the changing seasons will keep children guessing with Alfie. Just when will it be Spring?

"Since Alfie resembles every child's own teddy, children will readily identify with this amiable and warm Everybear."
Booklist

Are you there, Baby Bear?

Author: Catherine Walters
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

Alfie is very excited when he hears that he is to have a baby brother or sister. But as the days go by and the weather turns cold, and still the baby bear doesn't arrive. Alfie is worried that it might be lost in the snow, so one day, he set off alone to look for it...

 

 

Young readers will welcome the return of Alfie, the lovable bear cub, who first made his appearance in When will it be Spring?, of which Nursery World wrote: "Children at this stage will find the book visually appealing as well as enjoying, because of their own superior knowledge, the little bear's mistakes."

Time to Sleep, Alfie Bear

Author: Catherine Walters
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

Alfie Bear doesn't want to go to bed. He's not at all sleepy. The fish and the owls and the wolves are all still awake, and Alfie wants to be like them—splashing and swooping and howling into the night! But Alfie's high spirits are keeping the baby twins awake. Will Mother Bear ever persuade the little bear to go to sleep?

 

Another touching and funny story about this lively, determined little bear, that perfectly captures the toddler's determination to stay awake forever.

Play Gently, Alfie Bear!

Author: Catherine Walters
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

"Can I play with the babies, Mum?" asked Alfie. "Only if you're gentle," said Mother Bear. But Alfie finds it hard to be gentle and forgets that the babies are only small. They don't like huge fish, soft catkins or even the sound of thunder. Alfie thinks the babies are boring. But then they see something they all like .. A charming story that all young children with new siblings will warm to.

 

Buster

Author: Linda Jennings
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

Nobody wants Buster, the little white dog with one black eye. His heartless family abandons him on the edge of a busy road, and Buster is completely lost. Where should he go? Will no one take him in on this cold snowy winter's night, just before Christma?

 

Linda Jennings was moved to write Buster because she was concerned at the plight of the many hundreds of dogs abandoned by their owners over Christmas. Which is why the author, the artist and the publishers have decided to donate money from every copy of the book sold to the Battersea Dogs' Home

 

 

 

Come Back, Buster

Author: Linda Jennings
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

When Buster was little more than a puppy, he was abandoned by his heartless family, just before Christmas and left to wander the snowy streets. The poor little dog felt that no one would ever want him again, but at last he was taken in by Mr Merrydew, and given a loving home. Buster was happy at last, and he hoped that he would live with Mr Merrydew for ever - but on a cold blustery autumn day Buster's quiet and comfortable life was suddenly turned upside down... Buster, the little white dog with one black eye, has already established himself as an endearing and popular character, and young readers of his first book, Buster, will be delighted to see him back again in another heart warming story.

 

Oliver All Alone

Author: Christine Harris
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

Thump-Thump-Thump!

 

What's that strange sound? A small puppy, left home alone on Christmas Eve, decides to find out. But the house is dark and seems to be full of frightening monsters. Oliver bravely wrestles wrapping paper, barks at a snowman, and confronts other Christmas "creatures", in his search for the mysterious THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! Who is the noisy intruder? The brave little puppy follows the sounds through the house until he reaches the very last room — where an unexpected and rewarding surprise awaits him!

Charlie and Bethan

Author: Martin Hall
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

High in the mountains a little lamb has lost his mother. The farmer brings him back to the farm, and Charlie the lamb soon settles down with his new family. His great friend is Bethan the sheepdog, who teaches Charlie all a dog needs to know ...

 

 

 

An Acorn for Tea

Author: Julie Sykes
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

Rufus Squirrel fancies an acorn for tea —but his store is empty. "Well, I shall just have to go out and gather some more," he says, and off he scampers into the wood. On his way, he meets Merry Mouse, Morris Mole and Barny Badger and they all want him to bring them back something, too! Rufus is only too happy to help his friends, but little does he guess what trouble his kindness will cause!

 

A further amusing tale to follow Hide and Narrow Squeak, about all the animals who live in and around Teasel Wood.

Hide and Narrow Squeak

Author: Julie Sykes
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

Rolly Rabbit thinks up a fun game of Hide and Seek for his little brothers and sisters, even though they would prefer a rougher game of biting and kicking.

 

But as Rolly goes out to look for them, he succeeds in disturbing many of his woodland friends —and makes an enemy of a far more dangerous animal ...

Millie

Author: Linda Jennings
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

When Millie, the lop-eared rabbit escapes to freedom from her cramped hutch she is nearly killed by a fox. A friendly wild rabbit saves her, but her troubles are far from over. Will Millie decide to return to the safety of her hutch, or risk the dangers of the countryside with her new wild rabbit friend, Seventy-Six?

 

Millie is a touching story, with a subliminal message of racial tolerance and integration.

 

The story is accompanied by Catherine Walters' superb illustrations. Her summer landscapes are a riot of rich colour and fine detail, establishing her as one of today's best young illustrators.

Never Trust a Squirrel

Author: Patrick Cooper
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

William the guinea pig is bored, but he brightens up when a lively squirrel called Stella calls on him. She tells him what fun it is in the world outside his hutch. "Never trust a squirrel," his mother warns him, but when Stella nibbles open the door of his hutch so that he can escape, William ignores his mother's words, and runs happily after the cheeky squirrel into the wood. It's not long, though, before William discovers that his mother's warning about squirrels is true, and he finds himself all alone, and in terrible trouble!

 

 

 

Sleep Tight Ginger Kitten

Author: Adele Geras
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

A ginger kitten with one white paw, and a small white spot on his ginger face is looking for a sleeping place ...

 

Follow the ginger kitten as he looks for somewhere comfortable to sleep. But the chair's too hard, the box too small, and the wardrobe is full of shoes. Where can the kitten go next? Will he ever find the perfect place?

The Monkey who Wanted the Moon

Author: Anne Mangan
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

For an inquisitive little monkey like Simia the jungle is a fascinating place. But Simia wants to grab all the beautiful things she sees for herself. Her mother warns her not to reach out for everything as the jungle holds many hidden dangers. Will the mischievous Simia be able to resist the temptation of reaching for the moon?

 

Anne Mangan's delightful tale about learning through experience is enhanced by Catherine Walters' striking illustrations of Simia's jungle world.

The Dangerous Tiger

Author: Christine Leeson
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

Everyone in the jungle is afraid of Amber, the tiger cub, so who will take her home when she gets lost in the dark?

 

Part of a brand-new series of small format picture books with strong storylines and illustrations of the highest quality by some of today's most talented artists.

The Teddies Nobody Wanted

Author: Christine Leeson
Illustrations: Catherine Walters

 

 

 

Will Ted bear and four new friends find themselves a good home in time for Christmas?

 

 

 


Crafty Little Freddie

Author: Christine Leeson
Illustrations: Joanne Moss

 

 

 

Little Freddie thinks he is the craftiest fox in the world. He goes to every length to avoid catching his supper. "You're far too clever for your own good," his mother says. But Freddie doesn't believe her. One day, as he tries to make another easy catch, he gets more than he bargains for .. This witty, cautionary tale about an over-confident but endearing fox cub is illustrated in fine detail by an artist who has great empathy with the countryside and its creatures.

Squirrel's Secret Store

Author: Christine Leeson
Illustrations: Joanne Moss

 

 

 

It was autumn, and Squirrel was gathering in food for the long winter ahead. As the cold -weather approached, none of the other animals could find anything to eat. Squirrel had stripped every tree and bush of its fruit, and what was more, he wouldn't share any of it. One winter's day, when Squirrel was really hungry, he went to his secret store to get some fruit —but he didn't know he was in for a nasty shock!

Davy's Scary Journey

Author: Christine Leeson
Illustrations: Tim Warnes

 

 

 

When summer ends and the swallows fly off  to distant lands, Davy the duckling decides to go there, too. It's a long and scary journey, with sharks in the sea, high mountains to climb, and wild beasts crouching in the desert. Will Davy ever reach the end of his journey

 

Molly and the Storm

Author: Christine Leeson
Illustrations: Gaby Hansen

 

 

 

Molly and the mice are caught in a storm. The other animals offer shelter but their nests are too high, too small or too crowded. At last the mice find a safe place but Molly can't settle. She is worried about their friends. So she sets off into the storm to find them.

 

 

"Will capture the imagination of any child..truly enchanting" 
Practical Pre-School.

The Gift of Christmas

Author: Christine Leeson
Illustrations: Gaby Hansen

 

 

 

It's Christmas and Molly Mouse is out in the woods, looking for Christmas decorations. It seems that everything she finds belongs to someone else. Maybe, though, because it's Christmas, every animal is feeling generous, and Molly soon has everything she needs for her special tree. But Molly feels disappointment. The tree needs just one, magical, finishing touch .. .

The Snow Angel

Author: Christine Leeson
Illustrations: Jane Chapman

 

 

 

Two little mice are playing in the snow one Christmas morning when they see an angel. Soaring through the sky, with sunshine gleaming on its wings, it is breathtaking and magical.


But as they watch, the angel swoops, flutters and tumbles to the ground. Is there anything the mice can do to help the lost and lonely angel before it is too late?

 

 

An unforgettable story of kindness, from the author of THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS: "A lively and engaging tale which will capture the imagination of any child."

Practical Pre-School magazine

Just For You

Author: Christine Leeson
Illustrations: Andy Ellis

 

 

 

When the little mice break Mum's birthday present they must find another one for her - quickly, before she wakes up! But each time they find something that's just right someone comes along who needs it more . .

 

 

A heart-warming tale by the author of THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS: "Will capture the imagination of any child of four plus . . truly enchanting."

Practical Pre-school

Too Busy for Benjie

Author: Christine Leeson
Illustrations: Andy Ellis

 

 

 

Benjie Beaver's family are always busy. They work when the sun shines and they work when it rains. They're far too busy to play with Benjie! When Benjie skips off to play with the squirrels and the ducks, his sister Bess is cross. She thinks that he should be working too, but Benjie has a surprise for his busy family!

The Magical Snowman

Author: Christine Leeson
Illustrations: Andy Ellis

 

 

 

Little Rabbit has made a wonderful snowman. He doesn't want to leave him! "He is just a snowman," says Daddy. "He isn't real." But when Little Rabbit gets lost in the snow, a soft light sparkles through the trees and a very special friend appears to take him on a magical journey home ..

 

A heartwarming story that will captivate the imagination of young readers, with a sparkling finish throughout.