One of the world’s most acclaimed children’s illustrators and twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, Helen Oxenbury grew up in Suffolk and attended the Ipswich School of Art. During vacations, she helped out at the Ipswich Repertory Theatre Workshop and went on to study Theatre Design at the Central School of Art in London, subsequently working in repertory, theatre, film and television.
Helen Oxenbury’s numerous books for children include the Quangle Wangle’s Hat by Edward Lear, which won the Kate Greenaway; her classic Board Books for Babies; We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, re-told by Michael Rosen, is probably her best known picture book; Farmer Duck, by Martin Waddell, won the Smarties Book Prize ; So Much, by Trish Cooke, also won the Kurt Maschler; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its companion Alice Through the Looking Glass, both by Lewis Carroll. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland won both the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award. Her latest book, King Jack and the Dragon, by Peter Bentley, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2013.
Helen Oxenbury and her husband, John Burningham, live in London.