On 25th February 2022, Shirley Hughes sadly passed away at the age of 94. Our memories of reading her books as children, along with the books of other incredible authors inspired us as adults to create literary worlds for future generations to enjoy.
Shirley's stories and illustrations were a delight, we reflect on her career which spanned over 60 years.
Shirley Hughes grew up in Cheshire, the home of Authologie in the UK. She began her career as an illustrator for other authors, illustrating 'My Naughty Little Sister', by Dorothy Edwards and 'The Bell Family' by Noel Streatfeild. Her first published book as author and illustrator was Lucy & Tom's Day. She went on to write and illustrate, 'Dogger' in 1977 and the 'Alfie' series along with over 50 stories which have brought happiness to children through the decades. Shirley illustrated over 200 books during her career, selling more than 10 million copies. Shirley won many awards throughout her career and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017 for her services to literature.
Shirley's stories and illustrations were so full of warmth and fun observations of childhood, they will have a special place in ours and our children's hearts and the hearts of future generations to come.