Kate Berube (Bear uh bee) grew up in a cow-filled Connecticut town where she dreamed of being an artist. She earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spent a semester studying in Paris. Like many artists, though, her career trajectory wasn't a straight line – along the way she was a nanny, a tax preparer, a scenic painter, a decorative painter, and a bookseller (at celebrated Powell’s Books). Portland is where she now makes her home with husband Mark, their daughter, and their one-eyed dog, Sugar.
In 2013, Kate was featured on the blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, in an ‘Up-and-Coming Illustrator’ post, which led to her representation by Rodeen Literary Management. Publishers Weekly named Kate a spring 2016 ‘Flying Start’ and she now has five picture books published. Her work has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and has been on multiple ‘best book’ lists, including Chicago Public Library, SLJ and All the Wonders. Kate's authorial debut, HANNAH AND SUGAR, was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, was a CCBC Charlotte Zolotow Highly Recommended Title, a Parent’s Choice ’16, shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize, and won the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award and the Oregon Book Award for Children's Literature. THE SUMMER NICK TAUGHT HIS CATS TO READ was a CLEL Bell Award winner.
Watch this video by Hello, Studio for a tour of Kate's studio and a demonstration of how she makes an illustration: