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Judith Kerr - Author

About the Author

Judith Kerr was born on 14 June 1923 in Berlin but escaped from Hitler’s Germany with her parents and brother in 1933 when she was nine years old.

 

Her father was a drama critic and a distinguished writer whose books were burned by the Nazis. The family passed through Switzerland and France before arriving finally in England in 1936. Judith went to eleven different schools, worked in the Red Cross during the war, and won a scholarship to the Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1945. Since then she has worked as an artist, a BBC television scriptwriter and, for the past thirty years, as author and illustrator of children’s books.

 

Her three autobiographical novels are based on her early wandering years (which against all the odds she greatly enjoyed), her adolescence in London during the war, and finally on a brief return to Berlin as a young married woman. The stories have been internationally acclaimed and, to the author’s considerable satisfaction, have done particularly well in Germany where they are sometimes used as an easy introduction to a difficult period of Germany history.

Judith is married to scriptwriter Tom Kneale – they have two children and Mog, their very own forgetful cat. They live in Barnes, London. Their son was awarded the Somerset Maughan prize for his first novel.

Featured books by Judith Kerr

Other books by Judith Kerr

Mog's Christmas

Mog's Christmas

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... The classic Christmas picture book story of Mog, everyone's favourite family cat! This funny and warm-hearted escapade has a stunning foiled cover for extra Christmas sparkle. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful Christmas adventure about a really remarkable cat! It's Christmas, and Mog's house is full of strange noises and peculiar smells. Everyone is busy hanging holly and blowing up balloons, and where is that tree going...? But it's always a Merry Christmas in the end when you're with Mog and her family. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her escapades ever since. This sparkling edition of her Christmas adventure is the perfect gift for boys, girls and families everywhere! 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

Mog's Birthday

Mog's Birthday

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... A special birthday story to celebrate fifty years of MOG, everyone's favourite family cat! It's Mog's Birthday and everyone is excited to celebrate! Everyone except Mog. Mog doesn't like birthdays or parties, and she especially doesn't like them both together. But will she change her mind when it's her own special day? HarperCollins created this special birthday story in collaboration with Judith Kerr, using a selection of pictures from across fifty years of illustrating Mog to bring this delightful story to life. Join us and celebrate fifty years of a really remarkable cat! The classic picture book story, Mog the Forgetful Cat, has never been out of print since it was first published more than fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world ever since with her funny and warm-hearted escapades. Her stories are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere. 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

The Great Granny Gang

The Great Granny Gang

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Here comes the fearless granny gang, The youngest eighty-two. They leap down from their granny van, And there's nothing they can't do! A gleeful celebration of why grannies are great! Through wonderfully rhythmical writing and exquisite illustrations, Judith Kerr OBE shows us that there is a lot more to this gang of grey-haired grannies than meets the eye! A summary on pages 34 and 35 of each granny and her skill supports children in recapping the story, providing plenty of speaking and listening opportunities. Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

One Night in the Zoo

One Night in the Zoo

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level A wonderful rhyming book from Judith Kerr, the best-selling author of the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea One moonlit, magical night in the zoo An elephant jumped in the air and flew. But nobody knew. It's only when all the visitors have gone home that the real fun starts in the Zoo! Enjoy counting the wide variety of animals in a fun and wonderfully imaginative way as you follow them through the night, and find out what mischief they get into. A summary on pages 30 and 31, showing each animal in the book in number order, supports children in recapping what they have read. Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities

Mog's Bad Thing

Mog's Bad Thing

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Join her in this warm-hearted and funny escapade about the bad thing Mog does when her garden disappears... Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Mog the Forgetful Cat with special anniversary editions of her much-loved adventures. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful family adventure about a really remarkable cat! When Mog's garden disappears under an enormous white flappy thing, she is very unhappy, and does a bad thing - in Mr Thomas's chair! But when the cat show takes place inside the white flappy thing, it's the perfect place for Mog to make her family proud... Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Mog and Me and Other Stories

Mog and Me and Other Stories

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Come play with her in this collection of funny and warm-hearted stories especially for younger readers, in paperback for the first time. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes this bumper collection filled with four delightful family adventures about a really remarkable cat, perfect for her younger fans! Now in paperback from the very first time. Contains: Mog and Me Mog in the Garden Mog's Kittens Mog's Family of Cats Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Bombs on Aunt Dainty

Bombs on Aunt Dainty

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2021

Partly autobiographical, this is the second title in Judith Kerr's internationally acclaimed trilogy of books following the life of Anna through war-torn Germany, to London during the Blitz and her return to Berlin to discover the past... It is hard enough being a teenager in London during the Blitz, finding yourself in love and wondering every night whether you will survive the bombs. But it is even harder for Anna, who is still officially classified as an enemy alien . Those bombs are coming from Germany - the country that was once her own. If Hitler invades, can she and her beloved refugee family possibly survive? This was previously published as The Other Way Round.

My First MOG 123

My First MOG 123

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Learn to count with Mog in this delightful numbers book perfect for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful counting book featuring a really remarkable cat! Mog is the forgetful cat that everybody loves, and this book for very young readers is the perfect introduction to counting. With its gorgeous illustrations and Mog's unique humour it's sure to remain a favourite for years to come. Perfect for very young readers from ages two and up. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Goodbye Mog

Goodbye Mog

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Say goodbye to MOG in this incredibly moving and stunningly illustrated story from Judith Kerr, creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the MOG series. Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Mog the Forgetful Cat with special anniversary editions of her much-loved adventures. Mog was tired. She was dead tired... Mog thought, 'I want to sleep for ever.' And so she did. But a little bit of her stayed awake to see what would happen next. Join the Thomas family as they say goodbye to their dear pet Mog, and get a new kitten. It could all be a disaster, but Mog is still there to help... A touching tribute to a character beloved for fifty years, Goodbye Mog is the perfect story for a gentle introduction to the subjects of grief and bereavement, with the one and only MOG herself. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere.

The Mog Treasury

The Mog Treasury

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Everyone's favourite family cat first appeared fifty years ago and is loved by children everywhere for her funny and warm-hearted escapades. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes six delightful family adventures about a really remarkable cat! Mog the Forgetful Cat is the classic picture book story of a very forgetful cat, her family, and a very exciting adventure, and you can celebrate fifty years of Mog with this beautiful hardback story collection of her funniest family adventures. The stories included are: Mog the Forgetful Cat Mog and Bunny Mog and the Baby Mog on Fox Night Mog's Bad Thing Mog's Christmas Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published in 1970 and has never been out of print, making these timeless stories the perfect gift for families, boys, girls, fans of Judith Kerr, and anyone who has ever known or loved a cat! 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

Mog in the Garden

Mog in the Garden

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2021

Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Come play with her in the garden, in this delightful cased board book perfect for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful board book adventure about a really remarkable cat! Mog and Nicky like the garden. They play all day until it starts to get dark, and always have a lovely time together. Young children will delight in spotting familiar objects and activities in this wonderful board book, perfect for Mog's youngest fans. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published more than fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Mog and Me

Mog and Me

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2021

Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Come play with her in this delightful cased board book perfect for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful board book adventure about a really remarkable cat! Follow Mog and Nicky through their busy day full of fun, from waking up with a big stretch to falling asleep together. Young children will delight in spotting familiar objects and activities in this wonderful board book, perfect for Mog's youngest fans. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published more than fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Mog's Family of Cats

Mog's Family of Cats

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2021

Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Come play with Mog and her family in this delightful cased board book perfect for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful board book adventure about a really remarkable cat! Mog lives with the Thomas family, but she another big family who all live in different places - come and meet them all! Young children will delight in spotting familiar objects and activities in this wonderful board book, perfect for Mog's youngest fans Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published more than fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Mog's Kittens

Mog's Kittens

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2021

Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Come play with her and her kittens in this delightful cased board book perfect for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful board book adventure about a really remarkable cat! Meet Mog's kittens, and see them grow up and get older and bolder! Young children will delight in spotting familiar objects and activities in this wonderful board book, perfect for Mog's youngest fans. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published more than fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Mog's ABC

Mog's ABC

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Join her in this warm-hearted and funny alphabet adventure, when everything goes wrong at a birthday party... Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Mog the Forgetful Cat with special anniversary editions of her much-loved adventures. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful family adventure about a really remarkable cat! On the day of Debbie's birthday party, Mog sets off on an adventure through the alphabet, filled with dragons in the dark and the jaguar with a jug of jelly. M is for Mog, but also for the mad mouse monster! The perfect Mog adventure for learning the alphabet. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

My First Mog Books

My First Mog Books

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 14/03/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! This delightful little library of miniature Mog books is the perfect set for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes this delightful set of miniature board books in a slipcase, introducing Mog to the very young, with four books all about Mog: Mog's Family Mog's Day Mog Loves Mog Plays Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for young boys, girls and families everywhere!

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