Philippa Leathers

Children's Author/Illustrator

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Assistant: Emily Talbot
Assistant: Molly Jamieson


Philippa completed a degree in Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University, and went on to study Character Animation at Central Saint Martins, London. She has since spent many years working as a freelance animator on children’s TV series, including the BAFTA-award winners,Peppa Pig and Charlie and Lola.

Always passionate about books for children, she decided to pursue her love of drawing and create her own books. Philippa’s debut picture book, THE BLACK RABBIT, which she wrote and illustrated, was published by Walker Books in March 2013.

She lives in Kent with her young family and is currently working on her next title.

Latest Publication:

HOW TO CATCH A MOUSE (28th April 2015, Candlewick Press)

A confident but inexperienced cat is certain she has scared all the mice out of her house, but things are not always as they seem.

Clemmie the cat knows everything about how to catch a mouse, and she would prove it, too—except that she’s never actually seen a mouse. Perhaps, she thinks, they’re all afraid of her. But wait . . . is that a pink tail, or a dangling ribbon? A whiskery nose, or a spider’s legs? Kids will love spotting the pesky mouse throughout this sprightly picture book and will root for Clemmie to discover the mouse under her nose once and for all.