Shirley Hughes - Author

About the Author

Winner of the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.  

Shirley Hughes has won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. She began to write and design her own picture  books when she had a young family and has now published more than two hundred titles. Shirley's first novel, Hero on a Bicycle (9781406336115) was published by Walker in 2012, and her critically acclaimed adventure, Whistling in the Dark was published in 2015. She lives in West London.

 

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Featured books by Shirley Hughes

My First ABC

My First ABC

Baby and Toddler

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

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

Dixie O'Day: In the Fast Lane

Dixie O'Day: In the Fast Lane

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2013

Dixie and Percy run into all sorts of peril, as does their arch enemy, Lou Ella. But who will win, and will Lou Ella get her comeuppance?

Other books by Shirley Hughes

Alfie at Nursery School

Alfie at Nursery School

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2018

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 join in that she gets Alfie into a very sticky situation in this collection of nursery school tales. Join Alfie as he navigates playground games and special concerts in this heartwarming book from Shirley Hughes, creator of Dogger.

Recognising the Soul

Recognising the Soul

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/04/2018

Ruby in the Ruins

Ruby in the Ruins

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2018

A classic picture book about family love, set in post-war London, from the much-loved and award-winning Shirley Hughes. Ruby and Mum have lived through the terrifying London Blitz and are waiting for Dad to come home from the war. Ruby hardly recognizes the tall man who steps off the train, but when she falls in the ruins nearby, there's only one person who she wants to rescue her.

Alfie Gets in First and Other Stories

Alfie Gets in First and Other Stories

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 25/05/2017

Meet Alfie and Annie Rose, Mum and Dad, Chessie the cat, the MacNallys down the road, and many many more, in this wonderful collection of 10 best-loved Alfie stories by Shirley Hughes. Read by Roger Allam and Roy Mcmillan. Includes: Alfie Gets in First, Alfie's Feet, An Evening at Alfie's, Alfie Gives a Hand, Alfie and the Big Boys, Alfie Wins a Prize, All About Alfie, Alfie's Christmas, Alfie Outdoors and Alfie and the Birthday Surprise.

Alfie and Dad

Alfie and Dad

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Join Alfie and Dad as they spend time together in this wonderful collection of stories from the award-winning Shirley Hughes. Alfie's dad is always there for Alfie and Annie Rose. He's there to reassure Alfie during a restless night; he's there to find Alfie's favourite toy Flumbo when he gets left on the bus; and most of all he loves spending time with his children and they love spending time with him! Celebrating that special relationship between children and their dads.

Angel Mae and the Christmas Baby

Angel Mae and the Christmas Baby

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2016

A beautiful gift edition of a classic Christmas story by the Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes. In this beautiful gift edition of a classic Christmas story by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes, Christmas is coming and Mae Morgan's mum is expecting a baby. At school. Mae is delighted to be given the part of the Angel Gabriel in the nativity play. But will the new baby steal her glory?

My First ABC

My First ABC

Baby and Toddler

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

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

Dixie O'Day on his Bike

Dixie O'Day on his Bike

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2016

How will Dixie and Percy cope with the whizzing world of bicycles? And with a new friend coming between them, could there be trouble in store for our two heroes? Expect crashes, smashes, bumps and bangs as our dashing duo race off on a new challenge... These first chapter books from mother-daughter pairing Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy have one chapter for each night of the week and are full of maps, and fun extra activities. A witty and beautifully designed series for emerging readers THE SUNDAY TIMES

Dixie O'Day and the Haunted House

Dixie O'Day and the Haunted House

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2015

A dark and stormy night, a camping trip gone awry, and an old house which looks like it might be ... haunted? Dixie and Percy need to stick together in this mysterious adventure full of scrapes, peril, and spooky goings-on! These first chapter books from mother-daughter pairing Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy have one chapter for each night of the week and are full of maps, and fun extra activities. A witty and beautifully designed series for emerging readers THE SUNDAY TIMES

Alfie Outdoors

Alfie Outdoors

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2015

Alfie gets out and about in the garden with Dad, in this glorious book about growing, playing and sharing. Seeds are planted; the carrots are going to be a gift for a special friend of Alfie's. But there are suprises in store...Shirley Hughes is the creator of the bestselling, best-loved, Dogger.

Dixie O'Day: Up, Up and Away!

Dixie O'Day: Up, Up and Away!

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Dixie, Percy and their new friend, Ariel, are off on an adventure in the clouds. Making a speedy getaway from their archenemy Lou Ella, they find themselves soaring away in a hot-air balloon! But there are stormy skies ahead... Be swept away with Dixie and Percy in an action-packed airborne escapade from mother-daughter pairing Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy. These first chapter books have one chapter for each night of the week and are full of maps, extra activities, and everything needed to empower a new reader. A witty and beautifully designed series for emerging readers THE SUNDAY TIMES

Dixie O'Day: In the Fast Lane

Dixie O'Day: In the Fast Lane

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2013

Dixie and Percy run into all sorts of peril, as does their arch enemy, Lou Ella. But who will win, and will Lou Ella get her comeuppance?

Alfie's Numbers

Alfie's Numbers

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2013

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! It takes two to see-saw, and there's four in Alfie's family. Alfie's world is full of numbers: fingers and toes and children playing. You can count on Alfie!

By Sun and Candlelight

By Sun and Candlelight

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2010

This stunning gift collection that celebrates the riches of a lifetime with poems and writings to mark each of the major milestones - childhood, young adulthood, falling in love, family life, growing older and death. 'With delightful illustrations, it is a gem that promises to delight for a lifetime.' - Daily Record

Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2009

Shirley Hughes is one of the best-loved and most innovative creators of books for young children. She has written and illustrated over fifty books, which have sold more than eleven million copies. Her characters Alfie and Dogger are loved by children and parents all over the world. Bye Bye Birdie is Shirley Hughes' first graphic book for adults. A young man, in his best bow-tie and boater, meets a fashionably dressed - and rather bird-like - young lady. But when he takes her home she undergoes a transformation and our hero's dreams of connubial bliss suddenly turn into the stuff of nightmares. Totally wordless, Bye Bye Birdie showcases Shirley Hughes' brilliant drawing and her extraordinarily vivid imagination.

Jonadab and Rita

Jonadab and Rita

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2008

Jonadab is a very special toy donkey - he can fly! But Minnie has so many other toys that often Jonadab and his friend Rita the mouse find themselves sad and lonely and left behind in the toy box ... One moonlit night, tired of being ignored, Jonadab flies away and joins a magical fairy feast. But then he can't get back in to Minnie's room, and he discovers his new fairy friends are not as kind as he thought. Will courageous Rita be able to save Jonadab, and will Minnie realise the value of the toy she has lost? A wonderful new picture book from one of our most popular and best loved storytellers.

Let's Join In

Let's Join In

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2004

You can chat with friends face to face or on the phone; hide outside or in; bounce on the sofa or grandpa's knee; give a present or a kiss... Featuring Olly and Katie and their friends - who also appeared in the classic Nursery Collection - this bumper book takes four simple verbs and shows the many lively situations they can evoke, encouraging you to join in the fun!

A Life Drawing

A Life Drawing

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2002

The book begins with a small girl in West Kirby who is obsessed with comics: The Daily Sketch, The Daily Express and The Mirror-each of these newspapers helped to shape one of our finest illustrators. Shirley's story takes us from this gentle start, through the second world war, and to a career, which began with Art School in a blitzed Liverpool, led to Oxford, and then to London. Shirley reflects on art, and her own development, in a tale which is fascinating and full of personalities. She describes her own creative process as 'the nearest thing I know to flying into the sun' and it is this passion for the world of illustration, which shines through the book and gives it a unique personality. Lavishly illustrated throughout with sketches from her Italian sketchbooks, doodles from boring meetings, roughs from what would later become classic picture books and perfectly executed paintings done just for the fun of it, this book will be a treasured gift for those who love art and those who have grown up with the enduring characters from Shirley's books who inhabit so many homes through this country and beyond.

A Life Drawing

A Life Drawing

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2002

The book begins with a small girl in West Kirby who is obsessed with comics: The Daily Sketch, The Daily Express and The Mirror-each of these newspapers helped to shape one of our finest illustrators. Shirley's story takes us from this gentle start, through the second world war, and to a career, which began with Art School in a blitzed Liverpool, led to Oxford, and then to London. Shirley reflects on art, and her own development, in a tale which is fascinating and full of personalities. She describes her own creative process as 'the nearest thing I know to flying into the sun' and it is this passion for the world of illustration, which shines through the book and gives it a unique personality. Lavishly illustrated throughout with sketches from her Italian sketchbooks, doodles from boring meetings, roughs from what would later become classic picture books and perfectly executed paintings done just for the fun of it, this book will be a treasured gift for those who love art and those who have grown up with the enduring characters from Shirley's books who inhabit so many homes through this country and beyond.

The Shirley Hughes Collection

The Shirley Hughes Collection

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2000

Shirley Hughes is one of the best known and most popular creators of children's books, and her keen observation of family life have earned her a special place in the hearts of children and adults. This unique collection brings together some of her very best work and celebrates her amazing achievements over the years. There's a wealth of treasure for children of all ages to enjoy, beginning with a selection of simple rhymes and stories and moving on to some of Shirley's classic picture books featuring such well-loved favourites as Dogger, Alfie and Annie Rose. Enjoy stories from My Naughty Little Sister as well as a wealth of other characters. There's also a selection of stories for older readers including The Lion and the Unicorn and Enchantment in the Garden, which combine satisfyingly longer texts with marvellously expansive pictures. Shirley Hughes' warmth and versatility shine from every page of this stunning collection which will captivate readers of all ages and take pride of place on the family bookshelf.

The Alfie Treasury

The Alfie Treasury

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/1994

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

Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook

Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook

Author: Shirley Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/1992

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