Books

Alfie's Christmas

Shirley Hughes

Join Alfie and Annie Rose for Christmas! Alfie opens his advent calendar and makes cards and presents. He sings carols and decorates the tree. And he writes a special letter to Father Christmas...

But what will Father Christmas bring on Christmas Day? It's going to be such an exciting day!

Dogger

Shirley Hughes

When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is very sad. But when Dogger turns up on a stall at the garden fete, everything seems all right - until someone else buys him before Dave can get the money!

Voted the public's favourite CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal winner, this is a tale to which all children and their parents can relate, brought to life by Olivia Colman's heartwarming reading.

Up and Up

Shirley Hughes

Follow the adventures of a little girl who’s dream of flying comes true in this stunning story by Shirley Hughes. The illustrations are packed with detail and wordless pages encourage children to engage with the story in a different way.
“Shirley Hughes is a national treasure” Philip Pullman

Alfie and Dad

Shirley Hughes

Join Alfie and Dad as they spend time together in this wonderful collection of stories from the award-winning Shirley Hughes.

Alfie's dad is always there for Alfie and Annie Rose. He's there to reassure Alfie during a restless night; he's there to find Alfie's favourite toy Flumbo when he gets left on the bus; and most of all he loves spending time with his children and they love spending time with him!

Celebrating that special relationship between children and their dads.

Alfie and His Very Best Friend

Shirley Hughes

Alfie and Bernard are very best friends and together they have lots of adventures. Join them as they go to the library, take part in scooter races and make a very special club with only two special members!A heart-warming tale of friendship by the award-winning Shirley Hughes, creator of Dogger.

Lucy and Tom at School

Shirley Hughes

Lucy has her school things ready. She has a new grey skirt, a pair of brown shoes, a pencil case and a satchel. Tom wishes that he had a satchel too.

Full of warmth and good humour, the happy simplicity of childhood is captured in this richly illustrated, classic picture book about two young children’s first experience of school.

Dixie O'Day on his Bike

Shirley Hughes

How will Dixie and Percy cope with the whizzing world of bicycles? And with a new friend coming between them, could there be trouble in store for our two heroes?

Expect crashes, smashes, bumps and bangs as our dashing duo race off on a new challenge...

These first chapter books from mother-daughter pairing Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy have one chapter for each night of the week and are full of maps, and fun extra activities.

“A witty and beautifully designed series for emerging readers” THE SUNDAY TIMES

Alfie Outdoors

Shirley Hughes

Alfie gets out and about in the garden with Dad, in this glorious book about growing, playing and sharing.

Seeds are planted; the carrots are going to be a gift for a special friend of Alfie's. But there are suprises in store...

Shirley Hughes is the creator of the bestselling, best-loved, Dogger.

Alfie and Mum

Shirley Hughes

Meet Alfie's mum. She has reddish brown curly hair which often gets untidy, but Alfie likes it like that.

Alfie and Mum love to tell stories together, to explore and have adventures - over fields, across streams, and even into big dark houses! But Alfie isn't ever frightened when he's with Mum - she'll always be there to take care of him.

Two previously published stories from Shirley Hughes, gathered together in one special celebration of Mums.

Dixie O'Day: Up, Up and Away!

Shirley Hughes (and others)

Dixie, Percy and their new friend, Ariel, are off on an adventure in the clouds. Making a speedy getaway from their archenemy Lou Ella, they find themselves soaring away in a hot-air balloon! But there are stormy skies ahead…

Be swept away with Dixie and Percy in an action-packed airborne escapade from mother-daughter pairing Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy. These first chapter books have one chapter for each night of the week and are full of maps, extra activities, and everything needed to empower a new reader.

“A witty and beautifully designed series for emerging readers” THE SUNDAY TIMES

Dixie O’Day and the Haunted House

Shirley Hughes (and others)

A dark and stormy night, a camping trip gone awry, and an old house which looks like it might be ... haunted?

Dixie and Percy need to stick together in this mysterious adventure full of scrapes, peril, and spooky goings-on!

These first chapter books from mother-daughter pairing Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy have one chapter for each night of the week and are full of maps, and fun extra activities.

“A witty and beautifully designed series for emerging readers” THE SUNDAY TIMES

Lucy and Tom at Christmas

Shirley Hughes

It’s Christmas, and Lucy and Tom are getting ready!

There are cards to make, a tree to decorate and presents to hide.
And how can you get to sleep when Father Christmas may be coming?

This classic picture book from the creator of Dogger is the perfect book for Christmas excitement.

Alfie Gets in First and Other Stories

Shirley Hughes (and others)

Meet Alfie and Annie Rose, Mum and Dad, Chessie the cat, the MacNallys down the road, and many many more, in this wonderful collection of 10 best-loved Alfie stories by Shirley Hughes. Read by Roger Allam and Roy Mcmillan.
Includes: Alfie Gets in First, Alfie’s Feet, An Evening at Alfie’s, Alfie Gives a Hand, Alfie and the Big Boys, Alfie Wins a Prize, All About Alfie, Alfie’s Christmas, Alfie Outdoors and Alfie and the Birthday Surprise.

Lucy and Tom at the Seaside

Shirley Hughes

From the creator of Dogger, Shirley Hughes, this timeless book of seaside fun has every element of a wonderful day at the seaside.

From paddling to picnics, from sandcastles to beach games - this is the perfect book for summer celebrations.

Alfie and Grandma

Shirley Hughes

Alfie and Grandma are very special friends, and together they have lots of adventures! Whether it’s saving the day and finding a lost pet, or exploring indoors and out, Alfie loves being with his grandma.

A special edition of previously published stories collected together in a celebration of grandmas and grandchildren from Shirley Hughes, creator of Dogger.

Dixie O'Day and the Great Diamond Robbery

Shirley Hughes (and others)

Dixie O'Day and his best friend Percy are off on holiday, and drive straight into adventure!

Peaches Miaow, the fabulous pop star, has her pricelss diamond necklace stolen from the Hotel Splendide in the crime of the century. Can Dixie and Percy track down the sinister figures at the heart of the mystery?

Pack your bags for a thrilling trip filled with glamourpusses, cat burglars and seaside fun in this gorgeous chapter book with a chapter for each night of the week, as well as plenty of exciting extra material.

A Year of Stories: and Things to Do

Shirley Hughes

This wonderful collection from Shirley Hughes takes you right through the year with best-loved stories and poems for every month and mood.

What's more, every month explores great things to do: crafts to make, games to play, ideas to explore.

A treasury which will bring joy throughout the year, and for years to come...

A YEAR OF STORIES AND THINGS TO DO includes: the Greenaway Medal award-winner Ella's Big Chance, Alfie's Feet, Alfie Wins a Prize, Don't Want to Go!, Bobbo Goes to School, Jonadab and Rita and many more...

Dixie O'Day: In The Fast Lane

Shirley Hughes (and others)

Introducing Dixie O’Day and also, of course, his friend Percy! This dashing duo are always getting into adventures – here they enter the All-Day Car Race little knowing what is ahead of them! Dixie and Percy run into all sorts of peril, as does their arch enemy, Lou Ella. But who will win, and will Lou Ella get her comeuppance?

Bobbo Goes To School

Shirley Hughes

When Lily throws Bobbo onto the top of the school bus, she has no idea what an adventure he has in store. This drama-packed book is a race to reunite Lily and lost Bobbo, as well as learning all about school...

Alfie's Numbers

Shirley Hughes

1, 2, 3 – go! It’s time to count with Alfie… Alfie and Annie Rose make two, and take you on a journey all the way to 10! It takes two to see-saw, and there’s four in Alfie’s family. Alfie’s world is full of numbers: fingers and toes and children playing. You can count on Alfie!
Shirley Hughes

Biography

Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series.

Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young. Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. 

Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature, and is the first recipient of Booktrust's Lifetime Achievement Award.