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Congratulations to Judith Kerr!

Huge congratulations to author and illustrator Judith Kerr on receiving an OBE for services to children’s literature and Holocaust education.

She has been a favourite in our household for many years. First for her Mog titles:

Then for the classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea


And finally for her fictionalised accounts of her family’s experience on the run during the Second World War.

We love that she’s a cat lover like us:

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And it’s quite amazing to realise that she never meant to draw them – she only did so because her own felines did odd things that the family thought were interesting.

There’s a great interview with her from the Telegraph that’s worth a read if you’d like to find out more about this fascinating lady and the lovely work she creates.



Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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