The beloved The Tiger Who Came to Tea (1968) was Kerr’s first picture book and appeared in The Telegraph’s list of top children’s books of all time. It has sold over 10 million copies, and celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.
In addition to her books, Kerr is renowned for her favourite feline creation, Mog. This enduringly popular character has charmed generations of children for the past 30 years and the books have sold more than 4 million copies.
Mog was the star of the 2015 Sainsbury’s Christmas advert, with a tie-in picture book called Mog’s Christmas Calamity. Profits from the book and Mog toy raised over £1 million for Save the Children’s literacy campaign.
The author received an OBE for services to literature and Holocaust education in 2013. In the same year, she celebrated her 90th birthday with the publication of a retrospective work, Judith Kerr’s Creatures. Her birthday and the publication of this book was marked by a BBC Imagine documentary about her life and work.
Her latest book is Katinka’s Tail ( 2017), a picture book inspired by her cat, Katinka.