Celebrate Elmer Day 2022

Elmer Day returns on 28th May 2022. This year’s Elmer Day is very special as we are not only celebrating the themes of inclusivity and friendship that run throughout the Elmer books, we are also honouring the life and legacy of Elmer’s creator David McKee. His was a singular voice and a shining light in children’s books, whose…

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David McKee, 1935 – 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David McKee, beloved author and illustrator for children, and creator of iconic children’s books Elmer, Not Now, Bernard and Mr Benn. David died surrounded by his family, following a short illness in the South of France, where he has spent a lot of time…

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Join in the fun for Elmer Day 2021!

Elmer makes the world a much brighter place. So for this year’s Elmer Day we are spreading the positivity of Elmer with free resources so that everyone can hold their own celebration in May. Whether you celebrate in a classroom, at home or online, this year’s Elmer Day is open to anyone who wants to…

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David McKee wins BookTrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The creator of Elmer has won the prestigious BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award, which celebrates the body of work for an author and/or illustrator who has made an outstanding contribution to children’s literature. David McKee, who has a career that spans over 60 years, is known for creating beloved children’s classics including Elmer, Mr Benn and…

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Elmer Themed Ride at Chessington World of Adventures

The first ever theme park ride inspired by Elmer has arrived at Chessington World of Adventures! Herds of Elmer fans will be able to enjoy the patchwork elephant in a brand new way on Elmer’s Flying Jumbos from 2020. Families can pick a colourful elephant to take them to the skies on the flying carousel…

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David McKee Named Illustrator of the Year at British Book Awards

David McKee, creator of Elmer and many other beloved children’s characters and books has been named Illustrator of the Year at the 2020 British Book Awards The award honours David McKee’s incredible career in which he has written and illustrated over 50 picture books and created a number of children’s classics including King Rollo, Mr…

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Celebrate Elmer Day at home in 2020!

Elmer makes the world a much brighter place. So for this year’s Elmer Day we are spreading the positivity of Elmer with free resources that everyone can enjoy at home. How everyone can get involved: Get creative and play with colour – make a rainbow, a jungle collage or a milk bottle Elmer. These activities…

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Elmer’s Big Art Parades Raise Funds for Hospice Charities

Have you herd about Elmer’s Big Art Parades this year? Andersen Press teamed up with Wild in Art to bring a trio of public art trails to Britain’s towns and cities, featuring giant Elmer sculptures! Over 150 Elmer sculptures were designed and painted by artists around the country, and then put on display around the…

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Elmer celebrates Friendship Friday with Kidscape and Sockshop

Elmer has partnered with anti-bullying charity Kidscape and online legwear retailer SOCKSHOP to help raise money and awareness for Kidscape’s Friendship Friday. SOCKSHOP have launched limited-edition Elmer patchwork socks for adults and children, with a percentage from each purchase being donated to Kidscape to help continue their important work. The socks are available to purchase…

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