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Shirley Hughes - Author

About the Author

Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young. Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature, and a CBE in 2017. She is the first recipient of Booktrust's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Featured books by Shirley Hughes

Other books by Shirley Hughes

The Blue Bat Art Book

The Blue Bat Art Book

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2020

Time for Tea: A First Book of Cookery

Time for Tea: A First Book of Cookery

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2020

A beautifully illustrated collection of first recipes and family stories by Kate-Greenaway winning author, Shirley Hughes. This classic collection of easy-to-follow recipes, inspired by everyday family adventures, is the perfect introduction to cookery for first readers. From making pancakes with Dad, baking apples after the Saturday shopping or even icing a birthday cake for Mum, this sumptuously illustrated recipe book gives a gentle insight into the joy of cooking together.

Dogger's Christmas

Dogger's Christmas

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

A seasonal sequel to one of our most beloved children's books, voted the public's favourite Kate Greenaway medal-winner Shirley Hughes is a national treasure Philip Pullman Over 40 years after Dogger was published, comes this magical follow-up: Dogger's Christmas. It's that special time of year: Christmas. The time of carol-singing, tree-decorating, and of course lots of presents. But in the excitement of new toys, will Dave forget about his old friend, Dogger? The very special story of one boy and his beloved toy - who always manages to be found... Praise for Dogger: This is Hughes' most heartwarming picture book . . . Hughes has a kindly, inexhaustible eye - she misses nothing Observer

Philosophy of Friendship

Philosophy of Friendship

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

Stories on My Street

Stories on My Street

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Four lively stories about a group of children who live on the same street, by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes. For the children of Trotter Street life is full of adventures! From racing brand new bikes, getting ready for Christmas or marvelling at the arrival of a big concrete lorry, these four stories are a wonderful introduction to family life and are perfect for first readers.

All Around Me

All Around Me

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2019

A beautifully illustrated introduction to childhood concepts by beloved Kate Greenaway medal-winning illustrator. In this classic collection by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes, Katy and her little brother Olly are having a wonderful time learning about the world around them. From counting in the park with Grandpa, waiting to cross the road with Mum, or even the very noisy sound of Dad vacuuming, there are so many first things to discover on their childhood adventures.

Angel on the Roof

Angel on the Roof

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

A timeless story about friendship and understanding by the Kate Greenaway-winning author of Dogger. In this heartwarming Christmas story, by celebrated author Shirley Hughes, a young boy called Lewis Brown is looking out of a window and wishing that someone might notice him. Then he spots a single golden feather floating down from the heavens and discovers an angel on the roof. And so begins a great friendship, as the angel takes Lewis under his wing on an adventure that will change everything, and allow Lewis, his family and his friends, to start to see the world around them for the better.

Alfie on Holiday

Alfie on Holiday

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

Alfie is heading off to the seaside with his grandma, and makes a new friend on the beach! But unfortunately all's not fair in love and friendship, and Alfie - with a little help from Grandma and Bernard - has to discover what a true friend looks like. A summer adventure which speaks to our experiences making friends from national treasure, Shirley Hughes

Father's Day

Father's Day

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2019

In this stunning gift edition, Katy and her little brother Olly tell us about their day with Dad. From the fun of waking Dad up in the morning, having a day together at the seaside or even stories with Dad at bedtime, this joyous tale gives readers a snapshot into a child's day and celebrates the special bond between a father and child.

Ruby in the Ruins

Ruby in the Ruins

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

A classic picture book about family life, set in post-war London, from the best-loved and award-winning Shirley Hughes now available in paperback. The observation and draughtsmanship are Hughes in her prime, with scenes of street parties and bustling stations and perfectly rendered period costume The Sunday Times Ruby and Mum have lived through the terrifying London Blitz and are waiting for Dad to come home from the war. Ruby hardly recognizes the tall man who steps off the train, but when she falls in the ruins nearby, there's only one person who she wants to rescue her.

Transformation

Transformation

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2019

Snow in the Garden: A First Book of Christmas

Snow in the Garden: A First Book of Christmas

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

A classic collection of festive poems, stories and activities by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes. This beautiful Christmas anthology contains winter adventures, seasonal poems, festive recipes and easy-to-make craft activities as well as Shirley Hughes' trademark warm and classic illustrations. Whether reading stories and poems to little ones or encouraging them to make beautiful crafts and Christmas treats, this book is the perfect introduction to this very special time of year.

Alfie at Nursery School

Alfie at Nursery School

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2018

Alfie loves Nursery School - and so does Annie Rose! She can't wait to go there with him - in fact she's so desperate to join in that she gets Alfie into a very sticky situation in this collection of nursery school tales. Join Alfie as he navigates playground games and special concerts in this heartwarming book from Shirley Hughes, creator of Dogger.

Alfie at Nursery School

Alfie at Nursery School

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

Alfie loves Nursery School - and so does Annie Rose! She can't wait to go there with him - in fact she's so desperate to join in that she gets Alfie into a very sticky situation in this collection of nursery school tales. Join Alfie as he navigates playground games and special concerts in this heartwarming book from Shirley Hughes, creator of Dogger.

Alfie and Dad

Alfie and Dad

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2018

Join Alfie and Dad as they spend time together in this wonderful collection of stories from the award-winning Shirley Hughes. Alfie's dad is always there for Alfie and Annie Rose. He's there to reassure Alfie during a restless night; he's there to find Alfie's favourite toy Flumbo when he gets left on the bus; and most of all he loves spending time with his children and they love spending time with him! Celebrating that special relationship between children and their dads.

Lucy & Tom: From A to Z

Lucy & Tom: From A to Z

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Lucy and Tom know a lot of words: they have Books read to them at Bedtime. They know that D is for Dog, like the dogs that live on their street, F is for Friends, and P is for Park and for Playing. Join Lucy and Tom on a journey through their life, in this satisfying alphabet tale from master storyteller, Shirley Hughes.

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