Shirley Hughes

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About Shirley Hughes

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.

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Random Acts of Kindness Day
Seeing as it #RandomActsOfKindnessDay why not read Jonadab and Rita by Shirley Hughes. From Bodley Head.
3 months ago
Christmas Eve
A remarkable book that your children will love this Christmas. Alfie's Christmas by Shirley Hughes.
5 months ago
Christmas Eve
This Christmas, discover Alfie's Christmas by Shirley Hughes. Published by Red Fox Picture Books.
5 months ago
Christmas Eve
Xmas!!! Lucy and Tom at Christmas by Shirley Hughes. Published by Red Fox Picture Books.
5 months ago
Christmas Eve
We bet you'll love Dogger's Christmas this Christmas, by Shirley Hughes. Published by Red Fox Picture Books.
5 months ago
Christmas Eve
Could there be a better time to read Dogger's Christmas by Shirley Hughes. Published by Bodley Head.
5 months ago
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Out now! Dogger's Christmas by Shirley Hughes,. Published by Red Fox Picture Books.
7 months ago
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Out now! The Adventures of Dogger by Shirley Hughes,. Published by RHCP Audio.
1 year ago

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