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Katie Kath
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Name: Katie Kath
Residence: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Occupation: Children's Book Illustrator

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Whirlwind tours of houses throughout the world, chickens with superpowers – it’s safe to say that there’s no such thing as a dull day for Katie Kath ’11.

The children’s book illustrator spends her work hours letting her imagination guide the art she creates. One of Kath’s recent projects allowed her to reimagine the narrator of “Come Over to My House,” an out-of-print Dr. Seuss book published in 1966. Set to release in hardback Sept. 6, “Come Over to My House” presented Kath with a challenge: how to reconcile the book’s more dated words with today’s technology-savvy world. Her illustrations, commissioned specifically for the book’s 50th anniversary edition, give Seuss’ work a modernized feel for 21st-century readers.

Kath said she relishes these challenges because she loves her job, which allows her to work in watercolor and ink (she does everything traditionally by hand) and handle several projects at a time (books take anywhere from one to three years to publish).

“I think that the field of children’s book illustration is such a creative career. It’s the most creative career you could have – you get to draw pictures of fun things like chickens with superpowers,” said Kath. The Morganton, North Carolina, native always knew she wanted to illustrate children’s books and focused on design and illustration during her studies at Winthrop. She earned her M.F.A. at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she entered a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) contest and won a prestigious Student Illustrator Scholarship. The scholarship paved the way for a full-time career.

Though Kath also does editorial illustrations for magazines, newspapers and periodicals, she most enjoys the time she spends illustrating children’s books. Among her favorites – “Come Over to My House” included – are Kelly Jones’ “Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer” (“such a unique story”) and Arthur Levine’s “What a Beautiful Morning” (“beautiful writing”).

Kath, who lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, noted that Winthrop provided her with the strong foundation that helped her create the career she loves. 

“I really wanted a liberal arts education because I wanted to have something to say in art and I wanted to have a well-rounded background,” said Kath. “My degree at Winthrop gave me a great foundation in the fine arts.”

Last Updated: 2/29/2016

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