Picture books

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Graham Oakley obituary
Illustrator and author widely admired for The Church Mice, his series of children’s picture books

Julia Eccleshare

24, Jan, 2023 @5:41 PM

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The best children’s books of 2022
From a four-legged celebration of the seasons to a fiery tale of women who turn into dragons, our critics look back over the year and pick their favourite titles for children and young adults

Imogen Carter, Kitty Empire and Fiona Noble

04, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Picture books for children – reviews
A magical zebra, fat cats in lockdown and a bus-riding chipmunk star in this month’s round-up

Imogen Carter

18, Oct, 2022 @8:00 AM

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‘Why should adults judge children’s books?’ Australian kids take over prestigious book awards
This year, the Children’s Book Council of Australia has created a new set of awards judged by 2,000 children around the country. We meet some small judges with big opinions

Elissa Blake

26, Aug, 2022 @2:01 AM

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‘I avoid them whenever possible’: the children’s authors who don’t like kids
Raymond Briggs is the latest in a long line of writers revealed to have had little interest in children

Louisa Young

13, Aug, 2022 @2:27 PM

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Raymond Briggs was famous for his grumpiness – but behind the facade he was shy, thoughtful and kind
The writer and illustrator – who has died aged 88 – was a stalwart of children’s literature, but readers of all ages delighted in his characters. The cartoonist Posy Simmonds remembers the man behind the drawings

Posy Simmonds

11, Aug, 2022 @2:09 PM

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Raymond Briggs remembered: ‘He made what he did look easy. Which is, of course, what geniuses do’
The beloved writer and illustrator of the Snowman and Father Christmas has died. Here, leading contemporaries pay tribute

Michael Rosen, Dara McAnulty, Joseph Coelho and Guardian readers

10, Aug, 2022 @4:36 PM

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Picture books for children – reviews
The human body is brought to life, difference is celebrated – and a very long dinosaur is tickled pink

Imogen Carter

26, Jul, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Picture books for children – reviews
A journey into space and some serious monkey business portray bedtime in a whole new light, while a tiny dot gives a kindly lesson in understanding emotions

Imogen Carter

01, May, 2022 @11:30 AM

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David McKee obituary
Creator of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and Mr Benn, who wrote and illustrated children’s classics

Julia Eccleshare

08, Apr, 2022 @3:56 PM

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Elmer and Mr Benn author David McKee dies at 87
Author and illustrator of the children’s books including Elmer, Mr Benn and Not Now, Bernard has died following a short illness

Lucy Knight

07, Apr, 2022 @12:10 PM

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Shirley Hughes, children's author and illustrator, dies aged 94
Beloved English author and artists behind more than 60 books, including Dogger and the Alfie series, was voted the most popular Kate Greenaway winner in 50 years

Claire Armitstead

02, Mar, 2022 @7:51 AM

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