Portrait of Kitty Crowther

Master of line and atmosphere

Kitty Crowther is an illustrator and author, known all over the world for her inimitable picture books. She invites us to enter a whole new world of imagery using a limited repertoire of tools, principal among them pencil, Indian ink and coloured pencils. Crowther has published more than forty books, all permeated with humanism and an unconditional loyalty to children.

Quick facts

Name Kitty Crowther
Birthyear 1970
Country Belgium
Profession Picture book artist
Award year 2010

The jury’s motivation

"Kitty Crowther is the master of line but also of atmosphere. She maintains the tradition of the picture book while transforming and renewing it. In her world, the door between imagination and reality is wide open. She addresses the reader gently and personally, but with profound effect. In her deeply felt empathy with people in difficulty, she shows ways in which weakness can be turned into strength. Humanism and sympathy permeate and unify her artistry."