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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
    2nd August 2013

    My Naughty Little Sister Collection

    An enchanting collection of stories about the most famous little sister in the world, with the beautiful and iconic illu... More

    (7 reviews)
    12th July 2016

    Peter Pan

    J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan is a thrilling adventure for all ages - the story of the boy who refuses to grow up is a ... More

    (5 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

    (3 reviews)
    2nd August 2010

    When My Naughty Little Sister Was Good

    Dorothy Edwards' classic story about one naughty but very entertaining little sister. Sometimes my naughty little sist... More

    (2 reviews)
    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

    (2 reviews)
    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

    (2 reviews)
    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

    (1 review)
    2nd August 2010

    My Naughty Little Sister's Friends

    My naughty little sister is always doing silly things. She's curious about what's in a chimney and sticks a feather dust... More

    (1 review)
    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

    (1 review)
    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

    (1 review)
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