Shirley Hughes’ Top 5 Best Selling Books

Shirley Hughes is a British author and illustrator best known for her Alfie and Annie Rose series. Born on the 16th of July in 1927, she has written over fifty books and has illustrated more than two hundred. As a best selling author she has managed to sell more than 11.5 million copies, winning a multitude of literature and illustration awards.

For many British children in particular, she has been a large part of the childhood literary experience. Her illustrations are warm and colourful, and invoke memories of home cooked meals and cuddling up with a parent or grandparent for story time.

Shirley Hughes has been popular since 1960 and her work still holds up today as pieces of wonderful children’s literature. As a celebration of her writing and illustration, we have collated her top 5 best selling books according to Amazon.

Happy reading!




1. Dogger

“When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and everything seems all right – until someone else buys him before Dave can get the money!”

“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!”

“Annie Rose and Alfie have lots of games they like to play together, like being scary monsters with Bernard, or running their own shop. But there are some things Annie Rose is too little to do and even some things Alfie would rather do without her. But if Annie Rose is ever sad or cross there is only one person who can make her feel better . . . her big brother.”

“In this collection of poems, a small girl and her baby brother romp through the changing seasons, taking pleasure in the different elements and weather conditions – sunshine, wind, rain, mist, snow. From the joys of the seaside to the miseries of the sickbed, the world of childhood is explored.”

“Alfie and his best friend Bernard have a day out full of surprises when they go to meet a very great person indeed. What’s more there are secret dens to explore, snowy skies, birthday fun and a very unexpected visitor on a special night-time trip! Join our little hero and his friends and family in a celebration of all things Alfie…”

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“Andersen could not tell the world of his own homosexual love for the people of the world, but the original manuscripts showed his feelings clearly.”

 

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Writer Gwen C. Katz noticed this happening again and again until one day, when faced with yet another ridiculous passage in a book she had begun reading, she tweeted a snippet from the book.

The discussion that followed prompted her fellow women readers and writers on Twitter to join in a game… Describe yourself as a male writer would. 

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Spokeswoman Kate Snyder noted that Portland public schools’ Books and Literacy Resources program will certainly benefit from the award with the $50,000 used to build book collections to also celebrate culture and language differences.

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