Children’s book author Shirley Hughes dies aged 94

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Shirley Hughes was the English author and illustrator of beloved picture books like Out and About, Dogger and the Alfie series. She has written more than 50 books, including novels, and illustrated 200 more, winning two Kate Greenaway Medals almost 30 years apart for her illustrations. She also won a BookTrust Lifetime Achievement award in 2015.

Michael Morpurgo shared the impact of his books:

We all grew up with the stories and drawings of Shirley Hughes deep within us. We enjoyed them for ourselves, with our children, with our grandchildren.

Shirley must have started the reading life of so many millions. That moment when you’ve read a book like Alfie and you sit back and think “that was wonderful, tell me another one”. Thank you Shirley from all of us, children of today and children of yesterday.

The beloved author and illustrator died peacefully at home at 94, after a short illness.

You can read more about his life at The Guardian.

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