Katri Kirkkopelto is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and art teacher. She has illustrated multiple popular picturebooks and schoolbooks, and her children’s books have also been seen on the theatre stage.
In 2009 Kirkkopelto received the Kylli Koski award, and her works have been nominated for Finlandia Junior in 2016, 2020, and 2022 (Black Moon Inn, with Reetta Niemelä). In 2021 she won the Arvid Lydecken Award together with the writer Reetta Niemelä for Black Moon Inn. Kirkkopelto’s illustrations have been exhibited in Finland and also abroad, e.g. in the biennale in Bratislava.