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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... More

    (12 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

    (7 reviews)
    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... More

    (4 reviews)
    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 ... More

    (4 reviews)
    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

    (4 reviews)
    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... More

    (3 reviews)
    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 ... 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 naugh... More

    (2 reviews)
    5th 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 cha... More

    (2 reviews)
    5th October 2017

    My Naughty Little Sister: A Treasury Collection

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

    (2 reviews)
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