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.
"Kerr's delicate line drawings are full of expression and the story is enchanting." Daily Mail "Heartwarming." Metro Praise for The Tiger Who Came To Tea: "Near perfection of form is embellished by clear, expressive illustrations. The pace is exactly right, the resolution totally satisfying." Dorothy Butler, Babies Need Books Praise for My Henry: "It bears all her trademarks, lively illustration, a cheerful blend of the everyday and the fantastic... A deeply poignant yet ultimately uplifting tale..." Giulia Rhode, Sunday Express Praise for One Night in the Zoo: "Lovely... uses soothing, pastel illustrations and exotic animals to make basic counting seem unintimidating." Daily Telegraph 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