The very best stories, rhymes and pictures of Shirley Hughes, gathered together in one beautiful gift book. There is no more popular author or illustrator for the very young than Shirley Hughes and this collection of first rhymes and stories shows her at her very best. Drawn from her much-loved books, The Nursery Collection, Out and About and Let's Join In, Things I Like depicts the activities of toddler Ollie and his older sister Katie throughout the seasons. Enjoy with them the pleasures of hiding and bouncing, playing and helping; of a walk in the park and sunshine at bedtime; of mud, sand, water and snow; of nature, noise and all the colours of the rainbow. A classic celebration of childhood and the things that all young children like, this is a book that will be loved and treasured for generations.
Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.
Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.