Kate Isobel Scott is the Premiers’ Reading Challenge illustrator for 2023.
She used plasticine to create the characters before photographing the scenes and creating the ‘wild about reading’ designs for the posters and bookmarks.
‘I’ve always liked making things. I realised that my illustrations come to life with the plasticine,’ she said.
‘Wild about reading as a theme, I was really excited about it. I went down the path of wild animals or a wild, imaginary adventure.’
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is one of Kate’s favourite picture books.
‘I was dyslexic as a child and learning how to read was a very long, slow process. However, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who encouraged me and gave me confidence.
‘To have a good community around you that support you and recognise that you are talented in other things, it might just take you a bit longer to learn how to read, was a really good confidence boost.
‘I really appreciate a good story and I think that’s why I sort of fell into illustration because I can understand a story more by looking at the pictures. I also love it when someone reads to me.’
Visit Kate’s to see more of her work.
Reviewed 06 March 2023