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Judith Kerr - Author

About the Author

Judith Kerr - 1923-2019

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 by Judith Kerr

My First Mog ABC

My First Mog ABC

3+ readers

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

This delightful book is the perfect introduction to the alphabet and with its gorgeous illustrations and Mog's unique humour it's sure to remain a favourite for years to come.

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My First Mog Books

My First Mog Books

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Judith Kerr Illustrator: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 02/06/2016

Mog the Forgetful Cat has been everyone's favourite family pet since her first book in 1970, and is now a TV star too! There are four books all about Mog: Mog's Family, Mog's Day, Mog Loves & Mog Plays.

The Judith Kerr Treasury

The Judith Kerr Treasury

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

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 years to come.

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Other books by Judith Kerr

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2021

This sem-autobiographical classic, written by the beloved Judith Kerr, tells the story of a Jewish family escaping Germany in the days before the Second World War. This beautiful new hardback celebrates the fifty year anniversary of an unforgettable adventure that Michael Morpurgo called The most life-enhancing book you could ever wish to read. Suppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing, it became dangerous for some people to live in it any longer, and you found, to your surprise, that your own father was one of those people. This is what happened to Anna in 1933. Anna was too busy with her schoolwork and tobogganing to listen to the talk of Hitler. But one day she and her brother Max are rushed out of Germany in alarming secrecy, away from everything they know. Their father is wanted by the Nazis - dead or alive. This is the start of a huge adventure, sometimes frightening, very often funny, and always, always exciting. Judith Kerr wrote this semi-autobiographical story of her childhood flight from Germany fifty years ago, so that her own children would know where she came from, and the lengths her parents had gone to to keep her and her brother safe. It has gone on to become a beloved classic that is required reading for many children all over the world and is an unforgettable introduction to the real-life impact of the Second World War. This commemorative hardback celebrates fifty years of this extraordinary book, its iconic author, and the eternal relevance of this compelling and momentous story.

Katinka's Tail

Katinka's Tail

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2021

The classic picture book about a magical cat from the beloved and iconic Judith Kerr. This magical new book from the one and only Judith Kerr is brimming with her trademark warm humour and exquisitely imaginative artwork. Come on a wondrous journey with Katinka, a perfectly ordinary pussycat, with a not-quite-so-ordinary tail... A classic-in-the-making from Judith Kerr OBE, recipient of the Booktrust Lifetime Acveivement Award and creator of the iconic Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, this delightful story is the perfect gift for boys and girls of all ages.

Mog and the Granny

Mog and the Granny

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Join her in this warm-hearted and funny escapade about what Mog does when her family goes on holiday, and leaves Mog behind... Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Mog the Forgetful Cat with special anniversary editions of her much-loved adventures. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful family adventure about a really remarkable cat! When the Thomas family go on holiday, Mog stays with a Granny. It seems safe enough, until she meets Tibbles... Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/07/2021

READ BY GERALDINE MCEWAN. This classic story has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 30 years ago. READ BY GERALDINE MCEWAN. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger! This modern classic picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again. All artwork has been re-originated and a fresh design approach has been used for this reformatted edition. CD: Track 1: The Tiger who came to tea with sound effects and additional material created for this audio by Judith Kerr Track 2: The Tiger who came to tea toned for read-along

Mog's Christmas

Mog's Christmas

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... The classic Christmas picture book story of Mog, everyone's favourite family cat! This funny and warm-hearted escapade has a stunning foiled cover for extra Christmas sparkle. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful Christmas adventure about a really remarkable cat! It's Christmas, and Mog's house is full of strange noises and peculiar smells. Everyone is busy hanging holly and blowing up balloons, and where is that tree going...? But it's always a Merry Christmas in the end when you're with Mog and her family. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her escapades ever since. This sparkling edition of her Christmas adventure is the perfect gift for boys, girls and families everywhere! 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

Mog's Birthday

Mog's Birthday

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... A special birthday story to celebrate fifty years of MOG, everyone's favourite family cat! It's Mog's Birthday and everyone is excited to celebrate! Everyone except Mog. Mog doesn't like birthdays or parties, and she especially doesn't like them both together. But will she change her mind when it's her own special day? HarperCollins created this special birthday story in collaboration with Judith Kerr, using a selection of pictures from across fifty years of illustrating Mog to bring this delightful story to life. Join us and celebrate fifty years of a really remarkable cat! The classic picture book story, Mog the Forgetful Cat, has never been out of print since it was first published more than fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world ever since with her funny and warm-hearted escapades. Her stories are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere. 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

The Great Granny Gang Band 11/Lime

The Great Granny Gang Band 11/Lime

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Here comes the fearless granny gang, The youngest eighty-two. They leap down from their granny van, And there's nothing they can't do! A gleeful celebration of why grannies are great! Through wonderfully rhythmical writing and exquisite illustrations, Judith Kerr OBE shows us that there is a lot more to this gang of grey-haired grannies than meets the eye! A summary on pages 34 and 35 of each granny and her skill supports children in recapping the story, providing plenty of speaking and listening opportunities. Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

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