Elmer the Elephant celebrates Elmer Day - 27 May Elmer the Elephant celebrates Elmer Day - 26 May

Saturday 26th May is Elmer Day with hundreds of Elmer inspired events taking place in bookshops and libraries up and down the country for the hugely popular pre-school character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. To mark Elmer Day we've selected some of our personal favourite stories, both recently published and some published a while ago, about Elmer, everyone's favourite Patchwork Elephant.

My First Elmer
David McKee
May 2018 Book of the Month | All children should grow up with Elmer and this abridged version of the original story, presented as an Elmer-shaped board book,... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 03/05/2018
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Elmer
David McKee
The wonderfully colourful story of Elmer the patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A modern classic, the story of Elmer... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Elmer's Band A Press-Button Sound Book
David McKee
Join Elmer, everyone's favourite patchwork elephant, and his jungle band for a noisy day. The sound buttons are perfect for little fingers and help bring this... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Elmer
David McKee
Elmer has captured the hearts of young children for 20 years with the subtle message is that it is OK to be different. Combined with the vibrant colour... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2007
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Elmer's Friends
David McKee
Elmer introduces his friends and more in this bright, user-friendly board book. He's the brightest, giraffe is the tallest, snake is the longest – it's a great way to learn important first concepts and to develop children's vocabulary and understanding... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 07/06/2018
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Elmer's Colours
David McKee
Who better than friendly, lovable Elmer to introduce the very young to first concepts. Learning colours is lots of fun with Elmer, who is himself of course an irresistible patchwork and so vibrant that just looking at him gladdens the... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 07/06/2018
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Elmer and the Lost Teddy Board Book
David McKee
The Elmer books are stunning to look at, with their jewel-like colours and fabulous jungle scenes, but they teach children about kindness, acceptance and generosity too. You don't have to be different to be special, says Elmer at the end... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 08/03/2018
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Elmer: Hide and Seek!
David McKee
There are all sorts of treats and surprises in this bright, lively interactive board book. Starring everyone's favourite patchwork elephant Elmer, it's a riot of colour and shapes,... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 04/05/2017
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Elmer: Hello, Animals!
David McKee
Who better than Elmer the elephant and his creator David McKee to introduce children to wild animals? This sturdy little board book features a parade of Elmer's friends... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 05/01/2017
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Elmer: Elephant Colours
David McKee
Elmer is one of the most distinctive and easily recognisable characters in children's books and here he and his friends provide the very youngest readers with a perfect introduction... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 05/01/2017
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Elmer's Little Library
David McKee
Little hands will love turning each sturdy page and meeting favourite friends from the world of Elmer the patchwork elephant. Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/01/2016
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Elmer Big Book
David McKee
This colourful picture book is known to millions and it's subtle message - that it is Ok to be different - has made this first tale about everyone's... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Elmer and the Rainbow
David McKee
A story about Elmer, everyone's favourite patchwork elephant, now available as a sturdy, padded board book to delight his many fans. This one is a classic story about sharing and... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 07/04/2016
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Elmer's Christmas
David McKee
Elmer is in charge of the young elephants in this special adventure, taking them up out of the jungle to find a Christmas tree. They have great fun decorating it and that night Elmer gathers them together again to hide... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Elmer: Guess Who?
David McKee
As fresh and vogueish today as when he make his first appearance over 35 years ago, Elmer continues to enchant children. He's bright enough to catch the eye... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 04/05/2017
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Elmer and the Race
David McKee
The ever so charming and colourful patchwork elephant Elmer returns in this gorgeously illustrated book. Nine young elephants race to become champion, with Elmer keeping an eye on... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/06/2016
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Elmer's Touch and Feel World
David McKee
Explores the world of Elmer and his colourful friends in this bright, fun first concepts play book. Suitable for parents and babies to enjoy together, this book is... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 05/05/2016
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Elmer and the Flood
David McKee
Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Elmer and the Tune
David McKee
Elmer the much-loved patchwork elephant is in a particularly playful mood in this story. His young friend Rose is humming a catchy tune, and soon all the animals are singing along. In fact, the tune is so catchy, they just... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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If your local bookshop or library is not yet signed to Elmer Day up then get them motivated. They can sign up to receive an Elmer Day Event Pack by registering at www.andersenpress.co.uk/elmer. The pack will include a guide on how to hold an Elmer Day event plus stickers, posters and activity sheets.

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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.

Remember to share your photos on Twitter and Facebook using #ElmerDay. And you can follow Elmer on facebook here!

Elmer the patchwork elephant was created by David McKee in 1989. Elmer’s iconic look and playful character has made him a firm favourite in millions of households across the globe with over 8 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.

Have you seen Elmer’s Photo Patchwork, an innovative activity-based app that encourages creativity and fun? Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is an elephant who stands out from the herd, and Elmer’s app is different too. It doesn’t keep children glued to the screen, it makes them look up, look around and get inspired by the world. The only limit is their imagination. By using an iPad or iPhone’s camera to take photos of interesting colours and textures, kids can add them to an elephant’s patchwork pattern. Aimed at children aged 3+. Elmer’s Photo Patchwork app is available for £1.99 from the App Store for iPad and iPhone. Find out more at www.elmersapps.com and view the app preview video here.

DAVID McKEE:

Elmer's creator, David McKee, is 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!, Isabel’s Noisy Tummy, The Conquerors, Tusk Tusk and Three Monsters. David Mckee now divides his time between London and the south of France.

Find out more, play games and downloads pictures and colouring sheets at www.andersenpress.co.uk/elmer


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