John Burningham’s critically acclaimed picture books are loved all over the world. During his career he won numerous awards for his work including the Kate Greenaway Award in 1963 for his first picture book, Borka, The Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers. 2023 is the 60th anniversary of Borka’s publication.
John worked in multiple mediums – painting, illustration, collage and sculpture. He was known especially for the wit and humour in his storytelling and artwork and was hugely admired amongst his contemporaries. Born in 1936, he was married to the illustrator Helen Oxenbury and lived for many years in Hampstead, London. In 2018 John and Helen were jointly presented with the Book Trust Lifetimes Achievement Award for their work in children’s books.