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Shirley Hughes

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    Shirley Hughes Biography
    Shirley Hughes CBE is a highly-respected and popular British author and illustrator, having written over 70 books and illustrated over 200. She's best known for her Alfie and Dogger series of stories.

    Shirley was born on 16th July 1927 in West Kirby, near Liverpool. She 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. 

    Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young. Her first book, Lucy and Tom’s Daywas published in 1960, and she continues to delight young readers with wordless picture books and strip cartoons among others. 

    Shirley Hughes Facts
    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 was awarded an OBE in 1999 for services to Children’s Literature and in 2017 became a CBE for services to literature.

    Our favourite Shirley Hughes Book Characters
    Alfie - from the Alfie series
    Dixie and Percy - from the Dixie O'Day series
    Dave - from the Dogger series
    4th September 2008


    When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is very sad. But when Dogger turns up on a stall at the garden fete, every... More

    (32 reviews)
    9th October 2014

    Alfie's Christmas

    Join Alfie and Annie Rose for Christmas! Alfie opens his advent calendar and makes cards and presents. He sings carols a... More

    (6 reviews)
    26th March 2015

    Dixie O'Day: Up, Up and Away!

    Dixie, Percy and their new friend, Ariel, are off on an adventure in the clouds. Making a speedy getaway from their ar... More

    (5 reviews)
    7th May 2009

    Alfie Gives A Hand

    Alfie is delighted to be invited to Bernard's birthday party, although he feels a bit nervous about going on his own. Bu... More

    (5 reviews)
    2nd June 2016

    Alfie Gets in First

    Alfie has won the race to be first home but - oh no! - he's slammed the front door and Mum and Annie Rose are on the oth... More

    (5 reviews)
    2nd July 2009

    An Evening At Alfie's

    All is quiet at Alfie's house - Mum and Dad have gone out and Maureen's baby-sitting. Then . . . drip, drip, drip. It'... More

    (4 reviews)
    1st September 1997

    Alfie's Feet

    One of the picture books featuring Alfie, his baby sister Annie Rose, and their family, friends and neighbours. Alfie ge... More

    (4 reviews)
    13th May 2015

    My First Ramadan

    Look! There is the new moon in the sky. It's time for Ramadan to begin. Follow along with one young boy as he abserves ... More

    (3 reviews)
    30th July 2015

    Alfie Outdoors

    Alfie gets out and about in the garden with Dad, in this glorious book about growing, playing and sharing. Seeds are pla... More

    (3 reviews)
    1st May 2012

    Bob's Best Ever Friend

    This fantastic follow-up to the Blue Peter Award-winning Man on the Moon, features Simon Bartram's inimitable artwork in... More

    (3 reviews)
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