LoveReading4Kids

Becoming a member of the LoveReading4Kids community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop plus lots lots more...

Find out more

Oliver Jeffers - Author

About the Author

Oliver Jeffers has won numerous awards and delighted millions of kids and parents alike with his beautifully hand illustrated stories. 

Jeffers's picture books are wonderfully accessible. They explore themes of friendship, loneliness, independence and imagination. He has written and illustrated, or "made", as he prefers to put it, five hugely successful picture books. The first three - the "boy books" - feature a small boy who sets off on a series of daunting quests. How to Catch a Star (2004), the first of them, was inspired by a Brer Rabbit story he read as a child. In Lost and Found (2005) the boy heroically rows to the south pole for the sake of an unhappy penguin, and in The Way Back Home (2007) he rescues a young Martian whose spaceship has crashed on the moon.

The Heart and the Bottle is wholly compelling for the importance of its message and the brilliance of how that is conveyed in words and pictures. This is a book to return to time and time again says Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids’ editorial expert.

Oliver Jeffers

Jeffers was born in Australia in 1977 and brought up in Belfast. He studied visual communication at the University of Ulster, and graduated in 2001. Jeffers became passionate about making picture books when he began to understand the subtle relationship between words and pictures – ‘that was what excited me. Until I got really involved, I hadn't realised how just a few words can totally change the meaning of a picture.’ Now living in New York, he works as a painter, designer, printmaker and installation artist, but remains very busy making picture books.

Did you know?

Oliver loves plastic food, suitcase handles and Elvis, and has developed a bizarre habit of endlessly writing lists he never reads. He remains hell bent on travelling all over the world.

You can see Oliver talking about his artwork in this video:

We have a super set of Oliver Jeffers activity pages to download :

Once Upon an Alphabet colouring in.

The Day the Crayons Came Home maze.

Incredible Book-eating Boy wordsearch.

Stuck wordsearch.

Featured books by Oliver Jeffers

A Little Paper Caper

A Little Paper Caper

3+ readers

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Board book Release Date: 22/01/2018

There was once a forest where everyone was contentedly going about their business. All was well until the strangest thing suddenly started happening. Without any warning, branches started disappearing from trees. Something would have to be done, everyone agreed - everyone that is, except for someone who was acting very mysteriously indeed.  

It Wasn't Me

It Wasn't Me

3+ readers

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/2013

Award-winning Oliver Jeffers is spare in both his illustrations and his text in this witty story that gets to the heart of the stupidity of most arguments! His simple characters, the Hueys, mostly get along very well indeed but sometimes they don’t! One day Gillespie comes across them having a very big fight indeed! What on earth is it about? No one can even remember! Luckily Gillespie has a great way of distracting everyone.   

ebook of the month
Stuck

Stuck

3+ readers

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011 Delightful chaos ensues when a young boy gets his kite stuck up a tree in this laugh-out-loud new picture book from award-winning, internationally best-selling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers!  A hilarious book with a wonderful surprise ending.

ebook of the month

Other books by Oliver Jeffers

Go Fish A Card Game

Go Fish A Card Game

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Cards Release Date: 26/02/2020

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth - A Special Edition

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth - A Special Edition

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

#1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 TIME Best Book of the Year for 2017! This special edition of Here We Are, the exceptional, thought-provoking book from the multi award-winning creator of Lost and Found, Oliver Jeffers, includes a spectacular giant fold-out poster! Well, hello. And welcome to this Planet. We call it Earth. Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you've only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let's explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you'll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else... Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you've just got to be kind. Originally published in 2017, this ground-breaking book has captured the hearts of readers around the world, selling more than three quarters of a million copies. This glorious and very special edition includes a spectacular giant poster. Unfold the jacket to reveal a map of the solar system - the perfect gift to welcome a new baby to Planet Earth. An optimistic snapshot of contemporary life, this heartfelt hug of a book ought to become a classic The Guardian

The Boy His Stories and How They Came to be

The Boy His Stories and How They Came to be

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

A spectacular collection of four much-loved modern classics from the multi award-winning, internationally best-selling picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers, along with a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the making of each in four fascinating sketchbook sections. Contains the following stories: How to Catch a Star Lost and Found The Way Back Home Up and Down Also within the pages of this exquisite collection is a special letter from Oliver Jeffers and more than 100 wonderfully distinctive sketches, notes and ideas, carefully chosen from his archives and revealed here for the first time. Watch as the boy and his friends spring to life on the sketchbook pages. See the real-life starfish that appears in How to Catch a Star, learn the true story of the boy and the penguin who inspired Lost and Found and find out what the Martian's dad looks like! With all these things, and more, this incredible volume gives a unique insight into the life story of the iconic books - loved by readers the world over - and celebrates the incredible work of one of today's most popular and highly regarded picture book creators.

Oliver Jeffers The Working Mind and Drawing Hand

Oliver Jeffers The Working Mind and Drawing Hand

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2018

This dynamic visual biography is Jeffers's personal chronicle of an artist who blends his love of creating stories with his love of art and his infectious charm, and is a must-have for art lovers and bibliophiles both young and old. Oliver Jeffers takes a dive into Oliver's own origin story, inspirations, art evolution, and passion for storytelling: from growing up loving art and creating stories as a young boy in Belfast, Ireland; to finding a huge audience for his loveable stories; to what led him to his enormously clever found painting; to his collaborations with U2, TED, Colette, and Apple, to his newest meditative dipped painting art events. Oliver Jeffers is a fresh canvas for his imagination, and includes a pass through his most popular work, never-before-published illustrations and art, and a look into his more personal world of sketchbooks and doodles. Oliver's own story, infused with the whimsy and joy his work is famous for, is must-have not only for current fans of Oliver Jeffers's picture books, but also new fans, art lovers, and bibliophiles both young and old.

LoveReading
LoveWriting
LoveReading4Schools
NEW INDIE AND SELF PUBLISHED BOOK REVIEW AND PROMOTION SERVICE LAUNCHED!    Read More
×