One of the defining British children’s author/illustrators since the war, Shirley Hughes is responsible for some of the most beloved picture books ever created. Hughes began her career illustrating other author’s work, most notably the My Naughty Little Sister series written by Dorothy Edwards. Her naturalistic sketches teemed with life and energy and, when she started writing her own accompanying text the results were simply magical. Her first entirely solo project was Lucy and Tom’s Day in 1960, which spawned a number of books centred on the adventures of the lovable duo. It is Alfie who has become Hughes’ most enduring creation, however, starring in over ten books of heart-warming yet cheeky fun. In 1977 her seminal picture book Dogger scooped the Kate Greenaway medal for illustration, a feat Hughes repeated in 2003 with Ella’s Big Chance, a retelling of Cinderella. Hughes has also written chapter books for younger readers and novels set during World War II for those a little older.
The Lucy & Tom Books by Shirley Hughes
Other Picture Books by Shirley Hughes
The Dixie O'Day Series in Order
Other Books by Shirley Hughes
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