John Burningham studied illustration and graphic design at the Central School of Art, graduating with distinction in 1959. Many illustration commissions followed, including iconic posters for London Transport, before the publication of Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, John’s first book for children which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and heralded the beginning of an extraordinary career.
John Burningham has since written and illustrated more than thirty picture books, which have been translated and distributed all over the world. These feature his much loved children’s books and various books for adults and include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, by Ian Fleming; Mr Gumpy’s Outing; Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne; The Shopping Basket; The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; Granpa, later made into an animated film; Oi! Get off our Train; England; France; The Time of Your Life; and When We Were Young.
Tug of War was republished in 2012, and a special edition of Borka, to celebrate 50 years in print, in June 2013. Picnic was published in autumn 2013 and The Way to the Zoo is due in 2014. He is the UK illustrator nomination for the 2014 Hans Christiansen Andersen Award.
John is married to the illustrator Helen Oxenbury.