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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
5th 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... MoreMy Naughty Little Sister Collection

(12 reviews) Review
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... MoreAlfie's Feet

(8 reviews) Review
9th February 2017

My Naughty Little Sister

My naughty little sister is stubborn and greedy and full of mischief. She tries to cut off the cat’s tail and eats all t... MoreMy Naughty Little Sister

(5 reviews) Review
2nd 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... MoreOut and About: A First Book of Poems

(5 reviews) Review
6th 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 ... MoreAngel Mae and the Christmas Baby

(4 reviews) Review
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 Shirle... MoreAlfie and Dad

(4 reviews) Review
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, ... MoreThe Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook

(4 reviews) Review
5th 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.R... MoreRuby in the Ruins

(3 reviews) Review
4th September 2014

Daisy Saves the Day

The latest picture book from one of the world's best-loved illustrators for children. This charming picture boo... MoreDaisy Saves the Day

(2 reviews) Review
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 lit... MoreWhen My Naughty Little Sister Was Good

(2 reviews) Review
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