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Shirley Hughes

  • 5 stars across 111 books
    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
    5th February 2009

    Dogger

    When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and every... More

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    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 arch... More

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    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

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    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

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    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's ... More

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    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

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    17th April 2015

    My First Surgery

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    4th September 2008

    Dogger

    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

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    1st October 2014

    Out and About: A First Book of Poems

    A beautiful first collection of poems by two-time Kate Greenaway Medal-winner Shirley Hughes. In this wonderful collect... More

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    1st August 2013

    Bobbo Goes To School

    When Lily throws Bobbo onto the top of the school bus, she has no idea what an adventure he has in store. This drama-pac... More

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    1st September 2016

    Alfie and His Very Best Friend

    Alfie and Bernard are very best friends and together they have lots of adventures. Join them as they go to the library, ... More

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    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

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    30th January 2017

    My First Playtime

    The ideal first book to introduce playtime to toddlers. My First Playtime is packed with colourful images to help ... More

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    2nd May 2002

    Alfie Weather

    Any old weather is Alfie weather and as Alfie demonstrates, there's always lots to do come rain or shine. Whether it's e... More

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    1st October 2016

    Angel Mae and the Christmas Baby

    A beautiful gift edition of a classic Christmas story by the Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes.In this beaut... More

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    1st September 2014

    Daisy Saves the Day

    The latest picture book from one of the world's best-loved illustrators for children. This charming picture book from t... More

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    8th August 2013

    Dixie O'Day: In The Fast Lane

    Introducing Dixie O'Day and also, of course, his friend Percy! This dashing duo are always getting into adventures - her... More

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    4th June 2015

    Whistling in the Dark

    In the hardship of war, everything is rationed - except true friendship. From much-loved author Shirley Hughes comes a c... More

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    1st January 2015

    Dixie O'Day and the Great Diamond Robbery

    Dixie O'Day and his best friend Percy are off on holiday, and drive straight into adventure! Peaches Miaow, the fabulou... More

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    5th October 2000

    The Shirley Hughes Collection

    Shirley Hughes is one of the best known and most popular creators of children's books, and her keen observation of famil... More

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    5th July 2012

    All About Alfie

    Alfie and his best friend Bernard have a day out full of surprises when they go to meet a very great person indeed. What... More

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    4th September 2003

    Annie Rose Is My Little Sister

    Annie Rose and Alfie have lots of games they like to play together, like being scary monsters with Bernard, or running t... More

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    1st November 2015

    Let's Join In: A First Book of Bedtime Stories

    Four classic stories perfect for sharing at bedtime, by Kate Greenaway winning author, Shirley Hughes. This charming co... More

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    1st January 2015

    Hero on a Bicycle

    A gripping and moving novel by one of the world's best-loved writers for children. From much-loved author Shirley Hughe... More

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    16th May 1991

    Here Comes Charlie Moon

    Charlie Moon's Auntie Jean runs a joke shop at the seaside. Charlie loves to go and stay there and try out the comic hat... More

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    4th June 2015

    Lucy and Tom at the Seaside

    From the creator of Dogger, Shirley Hughes, this timeless book of seaside fun has every element of a wonderful day at th... More

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    7th February 2013

    Alfie's Numbers

    1, 2, 3 - go! It's time to count with Alfie. Alfie and Annie Rose make two, and take you on a journey all the way to 10!... More

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    2nd July 2009

    Alfie & The Birthday Surprise

    Birthday parties always make people happy and Alfie's neighbour, Mr MacNally, really does need cheering up because his b... More

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    5th March 2009

    Alfie and the Big Boys

    Alfie's Nursery School is right next door to the Big School. Alfie wishes that he could be friends with the most popular... More

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    16th May 1991

    Moving Molly

    Molly wished that they had a real garden, big enough to play in. Then one day, her wish came true! Mum and Dad told the ... More

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    7th July 2016

    Dixie O'Day on his Bike

    How will Dixie and Percy cope with the whizzing world of bicycles? And with a new friend coming between them, could ther... More

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    4th May 2017

    Alfie and Dad

    Join Alfie and Dad as they spend time together in this wonderful collection of stories from the award-winning Shirley Hu... More

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    1st October 2003

    Snow Lady

    Sam loves playing in Trotter Street with her dog Mick and her friend Barney, despite Mrs Dean's complaining. "Mrs Mean",... More

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    26th March 1992

    The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook

    Four new stories and four shorter poems introduce Alfie to the magic of the countryside, the excitement of the seaside, ... More

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    23rd April 2012

    On Mother's Day

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    17th February 2011

    Dwi Ddim Eisiau Mynd

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    1st December 1986

    Noson yn Nhy Alffi

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    1st December 1984

    Traed Alffi

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    1st March 1999

    Big Concrete Lorry

    A picture book for children of three years and up. The Pattersons' house is so jam-packed with things that there's hardl... More

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    7th October 2010

    By Sun and Candlelight

    This stunning gift collection that celebrates the riches of a lifetime with poems and writings to mark each of the major... More

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    5th September 2002

    Abel's Moon

    Abel Grable's work takes him into remote jungles with only the moon to guide the way. His children love to hear about hi... More

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    6th March 2014

    The Head of the Saint

    After walking for days across the harsh Brazilian landscape only to be rejected by his last living relative, Samuel find... More

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    3rd September 1998

    Enchantment in the Garden

    A lonely little girl whispers in the ear of a marble statue and breathes life into his soul...And so the magic in this w... More

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    24th September 2015

    Dixie O'Day and the Haunted House

    A dark and stormy night, a camping trip gone awry, and an old house which looks like it might be ... haunted? Dixie and... More

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    28th August 2014

    A Year of Stories: and Things to Do

    This wonderful collection from Shirley Hughes takes you right through the year with best-loved stories and poems for eve... More

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    11th October 2012

    Hero on a Bicycle

    In extraordinary circumstances, people are capable of extraordinary things...It is 1944 and Florence is occupied by Nazi... More

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    7th April 2005

    Ella's Big Chance

    Mr Cinders was a dressmaker and ran a shop in town. After his wife died, he was left to bring up their daughter, Ella, o... More

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    6th October 2005

    A Brush With The Past: 1900-1950 The years that changed our lives

    Shirley Hughes' rich narrative paintings and finely observed line illustrations are interwoven with fascinating details,... More

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    1st October 1998

    The Charlie Moon Collection

    Charlie gets into all sorts of sticky situations when his seaside summer holiday turns into a missing jewellery mystery ... More

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    24th September 2015

    Lucy and Tom at Christmas

    It's Christmas, and Lucy and Tom are getting ready! There are cards to make, a tree to decorate and presents to hide. An... More

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    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

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    26th February 2015

    Alfie and Grandma

    Alfie and Grandma are very special friends, and together they have lots of adventures! Whether it's saving the day and f... More

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    27th September 2012

    The Alfie Treasury

    The adventures begin when Alfie locks his mum out of the house, racing to get home first! Then explore the world of new ... More

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    27th May 2010

    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

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    22nd August 1997

    Rhymes For Annie Rose

    A lavish volume of heart-warming verse dedicated to one of Shirley Hughes's most endearing characters - Alfie's little s... More

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    5th July 1990

    The Big Alfie And Annie Rose Storybook

    This gorgeous storybook is full of snapshots of family life, from breakfast to bedtime and from birthdays to walks in th... More

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    10th July 1997

    The Nursery Collection

    Colours, shapes and sizes, sounds, opposites and numbers - these are the concepts introduced to young children in this d... More

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    1st June 2012

    Dogger

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    16th September 1993

    Stories by Firelight

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    27th February 1994

    The Alfie Treasury

    A collection of four Alfie titles: Alfie Gets in First, Alfie's Feet, Alfie Give a Hand and An Evening at Alfie's, prese... More

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    3rd March 2011

    Puddles and Parties

    Join Alfie for two classic adventures: Alfie's Feet ad Alfie Gives a Hand... In Alfie's Feet, Alfie splish, splash, splo... More

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    9th June 2014

    The Charlie Moon Collection

    Charlie gets into all sorts of sticky situations when his seaside summer holiday turns into a missing jewellery mystery ... More

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    1st September 2012

    The Christmas Eve Ghost

    An inspiring tale of Christmas goodwill and acceptance from Shirley Hughes, one of the world's best-loved picture-book c... More

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    30th April 1992

    Lucy and Tom Go to School

    Lucy has her school things ready. She has a new grey skirt, a pair of brown shoes, a pencil case and a satchel. Tom wish... More

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    24th April 1986

    It's Too Frightening for Me!

    Down by the railway a white face looks out of a spooky old house, and Jim and Arthur hardly dare investigate.... More

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    4th February 2016

    Alfie and Mum

    Meet Alfie's mum. She has reddish brown curly hair which often gets untidy, but Alfie likes it like that. Alfie and Mum... More

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    7th February 2013

    Alfie's Alphabet

    A is for Alfie! Let Alfie take you all the way from A to Z in this alphabet of Alfie's world. You can learn how B is for... More

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    7th April 2011

    Don't Want to Go!

    Mum is ill and Dad has to go to work, so Lily will have to go to Melanie's house for the day. Dad says she'll have lots ... More

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    4th March 2010

    Jonadab and Rita

    Jonadab is a very special toy - he can fly! But Minnie has so many other toys that often Jonadab and his friend Rita the... More

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    3rd September 2009

    Alfie Wins A Prize

    Alfie's painting 'Motorbike Man' has been entered in the children's painting competition at the Harvest Fair. His friend... More

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    7th July 2016

    Lucy and Tom at School

    Lucy has her school things ready. She has a new grey skirt, a pair of brown shoes, a pencil case and a satchel. Tom wish... More

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    5th September 2002

    A Life Drawing

    The book begins with a small girl in West Kirby who is obsessed with comics: The Daily Sketch, The Daily Express and The... More

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    5th September 2002

    A Life Drawing

    The book begins with a small girl in West Kirby who is obsessed with comics: The Daily Sketch, The Daily Express and The... More

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    29th June 2017

    Dogger

    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

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    25th May 2017

    Alfie Gets in First and Other Stories

    Meet Alfie and Annie Rose, Mum and Dad, Chessie the cat, the MacNallys down the road, and many many more, in this wonder... More

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    23rd August 2018

    Alfie at Nursery School

    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... More

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    1st July 2017

    Let's Join In

    Four classic stories perfect for sharing at bedtime, by Kate Greenaway winning author, Shirley Hughes. This charming co... More

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    6th July 2017

    My First ABC

    A delightful introduction to letters and first words from Shirley Hughes, one of the best-known and most-loved picture ... More

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    1st June 2017

    Up and Up

    Follow the adventures of a little girl who's dream of flying comes true in this stunning story by Shirley Hughes. The il... More

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    5th April 2018

    Lucy & Tom: From One to Ten

    One morning, very early ... one little girl called Lucy fast asleep in bed, with one very special teddy tucked in beside... More

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    1st September 2010

    Christmas Eve Ghost, The

    This is an inspiring tale of Christmas goodwill and acceptance from Shirley Hughes, one of the world's best-loved pictur... More

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    1st February 2005

    Olly and Me

    This enchanting collection of poems and stories is all about Katie and her little brother Olly who first featured in the... More

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    2nd May 2005

    Chatting

    You can chat with friends or the cat, in the park or the supermarket, face to face or on the telephone... With warmth an... More

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    2nd May 2005

    Giving

    A present or a ride, a cross or a kiss... all sorts of things can be given, in so many different ways! A companion to Ch... More

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    2nd April 2018

    Lucy & Tom: From A to Z

    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 ... More

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    1st March 2001

    Two Shoes New Shoes

    A nursery picture book, featuring a lively toddler and her baby brother. It is designed to introduce concepts such as co... More

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    2nd April 2001

    Colours

    A nursery picture book, featuring a lively toddler and her baby brother. It is designed to introduce the concept of colo... More

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    1st May 2009

    123 Olly And Me (With Free Wall Frieze)

    This is a delightful introduction to numbers and counting - from Shirley Hughes, one of the best-known and most-loved pi... More

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    1st April 2004

    Hiding

    Featuring the same family as the classic 'Nursery Collection', this picture book takes a simple verb and shows the many ... More

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    1st March 2005

    Out And About Through The Year

    The internationally acclaimed Shirley Hughes offers a treasury of seasonal poems that evokes the day-to-day experiences ... More

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    18th November 1993

    Dogger

    Winner of the 1977 Kate Greenaway Medal and the 1980 Dutch Silver Pencil Award, this is the story of Dave and his belove... More

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    27th October 1977

    Dogger

    This is the endearing story of how Dogger, the much loved toy dog, was lost and finally found again. Winner of the Kate ... More

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    2nd June 1997

    Playing

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    1st September 2000

    Let's Join In

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    1st April 2004

    Bouncing

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    1st April 2018

    Ruby in the Ruins

    A classic picture book about family love, set in post-war London, from the much-loved and award-winning Shirley Hughes. ... More

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    15th August 1991

    Up and Up

    This is the magical story of a little girl whose wish to fly finally comes true, much to the alarm of the grown-ups. Thi... More

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    2nd September 2010

    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's rain... More

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    1st October 2018

    Snow in the Garden: A First Book of Christmas

    A classic collection of festive poems, stories and activities by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes. This ... More

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    1st November 2015

    Hero on a Bicycle

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    Alfie on Holiday

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    Alfie on Holiday

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    Father's Day

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