Judith Kerr, the author and illustrator of the iconic pre-school picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, has died at the age of 95.
Kerr started her career in publishing in her 40s and saw sales of her debut title hit one million as she turned 94.
Over a 50 year career, Kerr penned and published more than 30 books, including the hugely popular Mog and a story that documented her own family’s flight across Europe as the nazis came to power in the novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.
Kerr was named illustrator of the year at the British Book Awards last week.
Born in Berlin in 1923, Kerr’s father Alfred was a leading theatre critic and newspaper columnist, while her mother was a talented composer. Alfred Kerr’s reputation as an outspoken critic of the rise of the Nazi party forced the family to flee Germany in 1933.
They eventually settled in England.
As news broke of the author’s death this morning, tributes have begun pouring out to the cherished and talented writer, including the children’s book publisher Andersen Press, who, via social media, celebrated Kerr as a ‘wonderful woman, incomparable illustrator and champion of books for children.’
“The world of children’s books is missing a star,” said the company.