To celebrate and pay tribute to our beloved author and illustrator Jill Murphy, we asked a handful of fans, colleagues, and fellow author-illustrators to share what they love most about her work.
September is looming and that means back to school. Boo. But just imagine for a second that you’ll start the new term by learning how to ride a broom. Or maybe you’ll befriend a dolphin. Or you might help solve a murder mystery. We’ve picked out our favourite fictional schools we’d love to go to.
Here come the girls! This collection of seriously sassy stories feature the boldest, bravest, and most brilliant girls in kids fiction. Prepare to be inspired.
Readers who were hooked on Harry will love these fantastical page-turners brimming with magic, mystery, and friendship.
New to audiobooks? Get started with this list of 10 tales that include some well-loved classics. They’ll make reading a listen-aloud adventure!
Jill Murphy (1949-2021) was born in London and grew up in Surrey. From a very early age she was drawing and writing stories, and was already putting books together (literally, with a stapler) by the time she was six. She went on to study at Chelsea, Croydon and Camberwell Schools of Art. Jill worked in a children's home for four years and as a nanny for a year, before becoming a freelance writer and illustrator. She wrote and iillustrated over 20 picture books, including the award-winning Large family of elephants, and 10 novels, including the highly successful Worst Witch series which have been also been adapted for television and stage. Jill passed away in Cornwall in August 2021, aged 72.
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