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Join in the fun on Elmer Day - 28 May 2022

Elmer, the delightful and delightfully different elephant was an instant hit when he burst out of his first picture book in 1989. His amazing patchwork skin has taken him on some incredible adventures and taught children about tolerance and love and just being yourself.

Saturday 28 May is Elmer Day with hundreds of Elmer inspired events taking place in bookshops and libraries up and down the country. And this year, Elmer Day is a special opportunity to mark the life and legacy of Elmer’s creator David McKee, celebrating the themes of inclusivity and friendship that run throughout the Elmer books.

Elmer's creator, David McKee, was one of the UK’s leading contemporary children’s book illustrators. His books are published throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television. Apart from lots of Elmer stories other creations of his include Not Now, Bernard!, Melric the Magician and King Rollo. 

Elmer’s iconic look and playful character made him a firm favourite in millions of households across the globe with over 10 million books sold worldwide and 4.5 million in the UK alone. They have been translated into over 50 languages around the world, from Russian to Rumantsch, Luxembourgish to Indonesian. You can read our obituary to David McKee here.

Bookshops, schools, nurseries, libraries and families wanting to celebrate Elmer Day can download an Elmer Day event pack at The pack will include a guide on how to hold an Elmer Day event plus stickers, posters, activity sheets and classroom resources. 

And to mark Elmer Day we have selected some of our personal favourite stories, both recently published and some published a while ago, about Elmer, everyone's favourite Patchwork Elephant.

There are loads of Elmer games, downloads, colouring and activity sheets at

For more Elmer fun you can follow Elmer on facebook here.

And we'd love to see your photos of Elmer Day! You can share them on @lovereadingkids using #ElmerDay 

Comments (20)

CAROLINE W - 31st May 2022

Elmer such a good read for kids!

Jayne T - 31st May 2022

Love Elmer the elephant, such good fun.

Susan B - 31st May 2022

Who can resist Elmer? Great to see a new book in this enduring classic.

Ellen S - 30th May 2022

My niece would love Elmer!

maria s - 30th May 2022

my little boy adores elephants,he would love this book

Gill W - 28th May 2022

WOW! So much Elmer on one page. I will be back x

Karen W - 23rd May 2022

Elmer is a lovely bright elephant loved by children

Susie W - 20th May 2022

It will be great to help out at the local Children's Centre where I work part-time for Elmer Day!

Claire D - 20th May 2022

Such colourful books

YVONNE B - 20th May 2022

All children love Elmer.

Laura C - 18th May 2022

I don’t remember Elmer from when I was a child but it’s so good that I can share it with my children

Andrew I - 14th May 2022

Would love the kiddies to rad this.

Isabel O - 10th May 2022

I loved Elmer as a little kid it's great to see it's still enjoyed by kids now.

helen w - 10th May 2022

Elmer is a must for children of all ages

Tracy B - 9th May 2022

My daughter loved the Elmer books when she was little and still has her patchwork elephant cuddly

Jacqui G - 8th May 2022

My three g’children love the Elmer books.

SARAH W - 8th May 2022

I used to love Elmer when I was younger and it’s nice to see my daughter love Elmer books too

Mel T - 7th May 2022

I used to love reading the Elmer books to my children

Mary L - 7th May 2022

We love the Elmer books

Peter W - 7th May 2022

We will have to have an Elmer party!

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