Judith Kerr, 14 June 1923 – 22 May 2019

It was with a mixture of sorrow and deep appreciation that we learned of the death of Judith Kerr at the end of last month. Hers was a long life, lived well, and brilliantly so, against all odds. Born in Berlin, she and her family fled Germany after Hitler’s rise to power, fearing persecution on account of their Jewishness and of her father’s staunchly anti-Nazi opinions. Eventually they settled in England, where Judith became a naturalised citizen and one of our finest and most loved writers for children. Her humanity, generosity and humour will be sorely missed. We’re sure though that her books will continue to be read and treasured by many generations of children to come. Have a look at some of her titles here, and come and meet them in person at the shop in Bury Place.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr, illustrated by Judith Kerr

From the publisher:

Share in fifty years of magic... This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary teatime guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published fifty ...

My First Mog Books

Judith Kerr, illustrated by Judith Kerr

From the publisher:

A delightful set of miniature Mog books, to introduce younger readers to everyone’s favourite forgetful family pet!

Mummy Time

Judith Kerr

From the publisher:

Mummy time is magic time in this unexpected and enchanting new tale from the one and only Judith Kerr, creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat.

The Great Granny Gang

Judith Kerr

From the publisher:

Here comes the fearless granny gang, The youngest eighty-two. They leap down from their granny van, And there’s nothing they can’t do!