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Celebrate Elmer Day 2022

19 May 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…

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David McKee, 1935 – 2022

07 April 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…

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Join in the fun for Elmer Day 2021!

26 March 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,…

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Elmer Pride 2021: Celebrate Everyone’s True Colours with Elmer

03 February 2021

Elmer will celebrate Pride this year in a collaboration with LGBT+ young people’s charity Just Like Us – for the first time ever an adult range of Elmer clothing will be on-sale in the UK at TruffleShuffle (along with new…

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David McKee wins BookTrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award

24 September 2020

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…

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Elmer Themed Ride at Chessington World of Adventures

16 September 2020

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…

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David McKee Named Illustrator of the Year at British Book Awards

29 June 2020

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…

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Celebrate Elmer Day at home in 2020!

01 May 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…

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Elmer’s Big Art Parades Raise Funds for Hospice Charities

28 November 2019

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…

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Elmer celebrates Friendship Friday with Kidscape and Sockshop

29 October 2019

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…

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Factory and Andersen Press to Partner on New Animated Series

02 July 2019

Award-winning animation studio, Factory and one of the leading independent children’s publishers Andersen Press, today announce a co-production partnership to produce a brand new animated TV series of David McKee’s iconic children’s brand ‘Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’. Based on the…

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London Symphony Orchestra Announces Elmer Concerts

12 April 2019

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will retell the story of Elmer’s Walk through music in a special live performance to celebrate Elmer’s 30th birthday! There will be two performances of the storytelling concert on 23rd June 2019, featuring specially commissioned…

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