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Judith Kerr - Author

July 2016 Judith Kerr wins a Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award. She received the award at London Zoo, at a ceremony hosted by former Children’s Laureate and BookTrust President, Michael Morpurgo. Judith Kerr said: "I am honoured and delighted that I have been chosen to receive the BookTrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I thank them very much, and as the presentation is to be at London Zoo, I’ll also be able to thank the tigers in the tiger enclosure who started it all."

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin in 1923 but escaped from Hitler’s Germany with her parents and brother in 1933 when she was nine years old. Her father was a drama critic and distinguished writer whose books were burned by the Nazis, because he dared to speak out against the regime. The day after the family left Berlin, the authorities came to arrest them, and throughout the war there was a price on her father’s head. Judith and her family passed through Switzerland and France before finally arriving in England in 1936. Judith wrote about her experiences in her classic autobiographical story, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Judith won a scholarship to the Central School of Arts in 1945, and since then has worked as an artist, television scriptwriter and, for the past thirty years, as an author and illustrator of children’s books. Judith was married to the scriptwriter Nigel Kneale, who died in 2006, most famous for the hit sci‐fi series Quatermass. Her son is the writer Matthew Kneale who won the Whitbread Book Award for The English Passengers. Judith lives in south west London.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea was Judith’s first picture book and was published in 1968. She wrote it after telling the story at bedtime to her daughter Tracey and son Matthew. Lady Antonia Fraser was one of the first people to review the book and called it, “a dazzling first book,” that would make children “scream with delicious pleasure at the dangerous naughtiness of the notion.” The book has become a classic and appeared in the Telegraph’s list of top children’s books of all time. It has sold over 5 million copies, and celebrated its 40th Anniversary in October 2008. The Tiger Who Came to Tea was recently made into a stage play written by David Wood and produced by Nick Brooke, which has toured the UK.

Emily Gravett on Judith Kerr:

'I read The Tiger Who Came to Tea when I was a child and loved it. I remember being obsessed with the bit where the tiger came and drank all the water in the tap. I think it was the domesticity of it, that this person was at home and that this could actually happen. It was so matter-of-fact. Nothing really happens but it's still somehow magical.

'Kerr keeps the text very simple, and the illustrations give you clues as to how you should read it. In her Mog books, you can look at Mog's face to see how shocked or dramatic the action is. He is just a funny cat, with a woebegone expression.'

Featured Books, with extracts, by Judith Kerr

Mog Time Treasury Six Stories About Mog the Forgetful Cat
Judith Kerr
Mog is now firmly established as one of the true classic characters of children's picture books, alongside Ardizzone's Little Tim or Quentin Blake's Mrs Armitage. This handsome treasury brings together six favourite stories including the very first, Mog the Forgetful...
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Format: Hardback | Released 25/08/2016
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Mister Cleghorn's Seal
Judith Kerr
The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, an orphaned seal, after a visit to the seaside...
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Format: Mixed media product | Released 25/08/2016
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My First Mog Books
Judith Kerr
This delightful set of miniature board books in a slipcase introduces babies and toddlers into Mog's world - everyone's favourite forgetful family pet - for the first time. The perfect gift for Mog fans old and new.
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Format: Board book | Released 02/06/2016
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Mog and Me and Other Stories
Judith Kerr
Mog is made for board books. Judith Kerr's illustrations look particularly attractive on the square white boards, and toddlers will love these four little stories of ordinary, everyday adventures. Mog and the little boy have fun together playing in the...
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Format: Board book | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Crocodile Under the Bed
Judith Kerr
From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes a glorious picture book full of wonder and adventure. Matty is sick, so sick that he cant go to the Queen's birthday party with his family and friends....
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Format: Board book | Released 28/01/2016
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea - China Tea Set
Judith Kerr
This special gift of a hardback book comes with its very own china tea set for you to hold your own tiger tea party. This wonderful story of a tiger coming to tea is about believing in the unexpected and...
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Format: Mixed media product | Released 08/10/2015
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Mister Cleghorn's Seal
Judith Kerr
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - September 2015 Julia Eccleshare's Mega Book of the Month The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for...
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Format: Hardback | Released 10/09/2015
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 30/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Crocodile Under the Bed
Judith Kerr
From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes a glorious picture book full of wonder and adventure. Matty is sick, so sick that he cant go to the Queen's birthday party with his family and friends....
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Format: Paperback | Released 18/06/2015
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The Judith Kerr Treasury
Judith Kerr
This delightful treasury brings together five of her bestselling stories in one very special and timeless collection, including classics such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat. A treasury to pass down the generations in...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/11/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Crocodile Under the Bed
Judith Kerr
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes a glorious picture book full of wonder and adventure. Matty is sick, so...
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Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea Slipcase Edition
Judith Kerr
This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 40 years ago. Now celebrate the 90th birthday of Judith Kerr OBE with this beautiful slipcase gift...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/08/2013
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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Judith Kerr
This unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing Germany before the Second World War, is now available in a special hardback edition to celebrate the 90th birthday of its author Judith Kerr, with a reproduction of the original illustrated cover.
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Format: Hardback | Released 14/06/2013
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Judith Kerr's Creatures A Celebration of the Life and Work of Judith Kerr
Judith Kerr
June 2013 Book of the Month All fans of the creator of classics such as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and The Tiger Who Came to Tea will be delighted by this rich autobiography told in Judith Kerr's own...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/06/2013
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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit/Bombs on Aunt Dainty
Judith Kerr
Partly autobiographical, these are first and second books in the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr, telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War. Michael Morpurgo called When Hitler...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/04/2012
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea Buggy Book
Judith Kerr
A Lovereading4kids 'Great read you may have missed 2011' selection. The classic story of the greedy tiger who arrives unannounced and eats up everything in the house is attractively presented in this chunky buggy book. Sophie and her mother are...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/01/2011
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Mog's Family of Cats (Board book)
Judith Kerr
This lovely to hold 40th anniversary flocked board book edition introduces all of Mog's relations who live in many different places. Her mummy and daddy live on a farm, her brother James has frogs in the garden, her sister Matilda...
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Format: Hardback | Released 08/07/2010
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Mog in the Garden (Board Book)
Judith Kerr
Easy to hold in this robust and attractive flocked board book format, how Mog and her owner enjoy playing in the garden come rain or shine is full of lovely, every day adventure and surprises. Celebrates 40 years of Mog.
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Format: Hardback | Released 08/07/2010
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Mog's Kittens (flocked cover - Mog's 40th anniversary)
Judith Kerr
Mog's Kittens are utterly irresistible! How Mog looks after her gorgeous kittens, including when they hide, is both touching and fun! This 40th anniversary title is a board book with flocked cover.
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Format: Board book | Released 27/05/2010
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Mog and Me (Flocked cover)
Judith Kerr
This handsome board book with flocked cover celebrates the 40th anniversary of the creation of Mog. In it we see Mog and a toddler enjoy all the everyday activities such as washing, dressing, eating and above all, playing before falling...
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Format: Board book | Released 27/05/2010
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One Night in the Zoo
Judith Kerr
This deliciously imaginative night time adventure is perfectly captured in the soft colours of Judith's beautiful illustrations. What happens in the zoo after everyone has gone home is unexpected, unpredictable and delightful. And it is a useful introduction to counting,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/05/2010
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Mog the Forgetful Cat mini hardback edition
Judith Kerr
Many happy returns to Mog the Forgetful Cat who has been delighting readers for forty years. Brilliant author-illustrator Judith Kerr's timeless stories about Mog, the cat who has a habit of forgetting everything, charm readers young and old. Toddlers adore...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/03/2010
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest is now brought to life in an exciting luxury pop-up edition to celebrate its 40th anniversary. A wonderful story about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns...
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Format: Novelty book | Released 01/09/2008
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Twinkles, Arthur and Puss
Judith Kerr
A furry feline tale from the creator of Mog the Forgetful Cat and The Tiger Who Came to Tea! Grandpa has a black cat called Puss. They like eating bacon and chips together. The Jones family also have a black...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2008
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The Mog Collection
Judith Kerr
A delightful boxed collection of 6 books together with a free audio CD of Mog, the cat with attitude.
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2007
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Goose in a Hole
Judith Kerr
A delightful new book from one of the foremost picture book authors, this wonderful little adventure involving mother goose and her family is sure to delight every young child and parent alike.
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2006
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2006
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Mog The Forgetful Cat 40th anniversary edition
Judith Kerr
Many happy returns to Mog the Forgetful Cat who has been delighting readers for forty years. Brilliant author-illustrator Judith Kerr's timeless stories about Mog, the cat who has a habit of forgetting everything, charm readers young and old. Toddlers adore...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2005
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