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Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes CBE, is a well-known and much-loved children’s author and illustrator of children’s books. Her first book ‘Lucy and Tom’s Day’ was published in 1960 and since then she has gone on to write over 50 books and to illustrate over 200. Shirley was born in Cheshire in 1928 and left school to study drawing and costume design at the Liverpool School of Art. She also later attended the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. During the 1950s and 1960s, she worked primarily as a book illustrator, on books including ‘My naughty little sister’ by Dorothy Edwards and ‘The Bell Family’ by Noel Streatfield. As well as Shirley’s well know series of books ‘Lucy and Tom’s Day’ her own titles included ‘Dogger’, the ‘Alfie’ series, featuring a young boy named Alfie and sometimes his sister Annie-Rose, and the ‘Olly and Me’ series. Hughes won the 1977 and 2003 Kate Greenaway Medals for British children's book illustration. In 2007, her 1977 winner, ‘Dogger’, was named the public's favourite winning work of the award's first fifty years. She won the inaugural Booktrust lifetime achievement award in 2015 and is a patron of the Association of Illustrators.


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