Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, but came to England with her family after escaping the Nazis and travelling through Switzerland and France as a young girl. She wrote about her early life in her autobiographical trilogy Out of the Hitler Time.
Judith worked at the BBC where she met the celebrated screenwriter and creator of Quatermas, Nigel Kneale and they were married in 1954. She left the BBC to look after their two children Matthew and Tacy, who inspired her first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, first published in1968.
Judith received an OBE for services to literature and Holocaust education in 2012, and celebrated her 90th birthday in June 2013 with the publication Judith Kerr’s Creatures published by Harper Collins. Judith’s latest book is Katinka’s Tail inspired by her cat Katinka.