About Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes has illustrated more than 200 children's books and is one of the best loved writers for children. She grew up in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied at Liverpool Art School before attending the Ruskin School of Fine Art in Oxford. Shirley has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and has been awarded an OBE  for her distinguished service to children's literature. In 2007, Dogger was voted the UK's favourite Kate Greenaway Medal-winning book of all time.

"Nothing captures the vulnerability and resilience of children like the pen and paintbrush of Shirley Hughes."  Times Educational Supplement

[Shirley Hughes’s] literary and illustrated world is one that children love.”  Guardian

"Opening a new book by Shirley Hughes is like putting on pyjamas and slippers after wearing a suit and heels all day." The Times

Enjoy other books by Shirley Hughes: 

Daisy Saves the Day
When young Daisy Dobbs starts as a scullery maid in a grand house, she works as hard as she can to try and please her kindly employers. But her greatest day comes when disaster strikes, and only Daisy can save the day. This charming picture book by the much-loved and award-winning Shirley Hughes contains evocative scenes of London during the coronation of George V. 

For readers aged 5+

Find out more about Daisy Saves the Day in this behind-the-scenes video with Shirley Hughes.


Out and About: A First Book of Poems
In this wonderful collection of poems, Katie and her little brother Olly romp through the changing seasons, taking pleasure in the different elements and weather conditions – sunshine, wind, rain, mist, snow… From the joys of the seaside to the miseries of the sickbed, this exuberant volume captures to perfection the world of childhood. 

For readers aged 2+


The Christmas Eve Ghost
When Bronwen and Dylan are frightened by ghostly noises from the chimney on Christmas Eve, they run straight into the arms of their neighbour, Mrs O'Riley. 1930s Liverpool is brought to life with evocative drawings in a story that recognizes the richness of human kindness, even in times of hardship and poverty.
For readers aged 5+


Olly and Me 123
Learning to count is fun and easy with Katie and her baby brother, Olly. At the seaside, on the bus, playing with friends or just home with Mum ‒ anytime, anywhere, there's always a chance to practise numbers. Share and explore every wonderful experience in their simple yet enchanting world to learn all the way from one to ten, and beyond!
For readers aged 2+


Hero on a Bicycle
In extraordinary circumstances, people are capable of extraordinary things... It is 1944 and Florence is occupied by Nazi German forces. The Italian resistance movement has not given up hope, though – and neither have Paolo and his sister, Constanza. Both are desperate to fight the occupation, but what can two siblings do against a whole army with only a bicycle to help them?

Find out more about Hero on a Bicycle here.


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