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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

Mog the Forgetful Cat

Mog the Forgetful Cat

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 21/02/2022

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Everyone's favourite family cat first appeared fifty years ago and is loved by children everywhere for her funny and warm-hearted escapades. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published in 1970 and has never been out of print! The classic picture book story of a very forgetful cat, her family, and a very exciting adventure is the perfect gift for families, boys, girls, and anyone who has ever known or loved a cat. From Judith Kerr, the bestselling author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the beloved Mog stories still delight children all over the world. Celebrate this unforgettable cat's very first adventure with this beautiful cased board book, perfect for small hands! '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 and Bunny and Other Stories

Mog and Bunny and Other Stories

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2022

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Join her in this delightful collection of three favourite adventures, full of her warm-hearted and funny escapades... From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes three delightful family adventures about a really remarkable cat! The stories included are: Mog and Bunny Mog and the V.E.T. Mog and the Granny 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!

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.

A Small Person Far Away

A Small Person Far Away

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2021

Partly autobiographical, this is the third title in Judith Kerr's internationally acclaimed trilogy of books following the life of Anna through war-torn Germany, to London during the Blitz and her return to Berlin to discover the past... Berlin is where Anna lived before Hitler, when she was still a German child; before she spoke a word of English, before her family had all become refugees. Long before her happy new existence in London. But Mama is there, dangerously ill. Anna is forced to go back, to deal with questions of life and death, to face old fears, and to discover the past which she has so long shut away.

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

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