Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape from the Nazis and they arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. She was married to the writer Nigel Kneale. Their daughter Tacy is an artist, and their son Matthew is an acclaimed novelist. In 2012, Judith was awarded an OBE for her services to children's literature and Holocaust education, and in 2016 she received the Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Beautiful drawings, precise language: Katinka's tale has all the magic we have come to expect of Kerr." The Times, Children's Book of the Week "...a beautiful, funny, warm and tender picture book, which takes a joyous and magical twist at the end. We're in the presence of a true master of her art here..." Booktrust "Wonderful illustrations and the sprinkling of golden magic make this a book to treasure." Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids - Books of the Year 2017 "Kerr is one of the best authors a child of 3+ could encounter." The Times "It's no surprise Judith's work is still popular. It owes nothing to the vagaries of style or fashion. Her warmth and humanity are timeless." Michael Foreman Praise for The Tiger Who Came to Tea: `A modern classic.' The Independent. `This book has enduring charm and young children will delight in the preposterous notion of a tiger creating mayhem in the house.' Junior Magazine Praise for Mog the Forgetful Cat: `Grandparents are likely to get as much fun out of seeing it again as the new generation of fans just learning to read!' Choice Magazine