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Elmer Pride

03 June 2024

Elmer has been called an LGBT+ Hero by Guardian, and his message of acceptance and celebration makes him the perfect partner for Pride celebrations! This year we’re celebrating Pride Month with our special charity partner LGBTQ+ Charity Just Like Us…

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Andersen Press to publish David McKee’s Elmer and the White Bear

08 April 2024

Manuscript and early sketches for 31st Elmer picture book uncovered by his family following David McKee’s death in 2022 Illustrations completed by Marysia Milewski, a close friend and colleague of David McKee, based on his sketches Elmer and the White…

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The Elmer Adventure – New Stage Show for 2024

28 February 2024

Click here to book tickets for the show. Elmer will be adventuring to the stage this autumn in The Elmer Adventure, a new musical adaptation from the award-winning Tall Stories Theatre Company. Join three friends on a joyful jungle adventure…

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Celebrate World Book Day 2024 with Elmer!

06 September 2023

To celebrate World Book Day and Elmer’s 35th Anniversary next year a new mini Elmer picture book about the magic of sharing and making up stories will be part of the World Book Day £1 book series – coming next…

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Will Poulter narrates popular children’s book, Elmer and the Gift, in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK

17 May 2023

To mark Dementia Action Week (15 – 21 May) and the release of the paperback, Will Poulter, star of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3, will show his support for dementia research by narrating Elmer and the Gift, the final book in the…

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Horniman Welcomes Elmer And Friends Exhibition

30 August 2022

Elmer will soon be arriving at the Horniman Museum in South London for their latest exhibition: ELMER and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee. The exhibition features Elmer and the other beloved characters created by the late author and…

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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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