King-Smith Family Dogs – Part Two

Published on Thursday, June 30th, 2022

There are quite a few King-Smith’s around, and many of them have at least one dog! In case you missed it, here is Part One of King-Smith dogs, but here are another bonnie batch of K-S dogs! Above is Boo, she is a terrier-cross. Next we have Elsie, a border collie sheep-dog. This is Luna, […]

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King-Smith Family Dogs – Part One

Published on Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

Since he was a young boy, Dick always had a huge fondness for animals of all sorts, and the King-Smith family has always had many dogs. They still do… Here are some of the current family dogs. Above is Ernie who is a yellow Labrador. Next we have Fram. He is a Lurcher crossed with […]

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Enduring Love

Published on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

Dick met his wife, Myrle England, on Christmas Day 1936. They were both 14. They were married a few years later in 1943, and their happy marriage lasted for 57 years until Myrle died in 2000. They both would have been 100 years old this year.

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Celebrating 100 Years Of Dick King-Smith – A National Creative Writing Competition For Children!

Published on Friday, April 29th, 2022

Dick King-Smith 100 is a national creative writing competition celebrating Dick’s centenary year – as he was born exactly 100 years ago in 1922! We’re challenging children to use their imagination and write 100 words to finish a chapter of Dick’s new book, Ambrose Follows His Nose, a unique collaborative effort between Dick and his great-granddaughter, […]

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Where To Start With Dick King-Smith’s Books

Published on Friday, April 1st, 2022

Dick King-Smith was 56 years old when his first book was published, yet he went on to write over 130 books in his lifetime. That’s a lot of animal tales! If you’re not sure where to start with the books of Britain’s best-loved animal storyteller, then who better to ask than King-Smith’s great granddaughter Josie […]

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Dick King-Smith 100: A National Creative Writing Competition Celebrating Dick’s Centenary Year!

Published on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

Introducing Dick King-Smith 100! Dick King-Smith wrote beloved children’s books such as The Hodgeheg and The Sheep-Pig, which was adapted into the film Babe. To honour the centenary of his birth, we’re inviting children to collaborate with Dick and enter the Dick King-Smith 100, a national creative writing competition. We’re challenging children to use their […]

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A Pig Called Lollipop

Published on Monday, March 7th, 2022

Celebrating the centenary of Dick King-Smith in 2022, this brand-new collection contains two timeless and funny adventures about a spoilt princess and her very clever pig, and features exciting new illustrations by Anna Chernyshova. Lollipop is no ordinary pig. According to her young owner Johnny Skinner, she’s the cleverest pig in the whole kingdom. When […]

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Dick’s Great Granddaughter Completes Unfinished Manuscript!

Published on Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

Not that long ago, Dick’s daughter Liz was going through a box in her attic that had been taken from Dick’s house after he died in 2011. In a dusty old box, she came across a forgotten manuscript that she didn’t recognise. How strange, she thought, as she believed that she was aware of everything […]

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Out Today! A Brand-New Book!

Published on Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

An exciting new publication in celebration of the centenary of Dick’s birth in 1922! An unfinished manuscript called Ambrose Follows His Nose was recently discovered in Dick’s daughter’s attic, and this funny and poignant animal story by Dick King-Smith was completed by Dick’s great granddaughter, Josie Rogers. Ambrose may seem like an ordinary rabbit but […]

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Clever Royal Pig Incoming!

Published on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

To celebrate treasured author Dick King-Smith’s centenary, Walker Books are delighted to be publishing A Pig Called Lollipop, two funny animal adventure stories about a spoiled princess and a very clever royal pig. Out on World Book Day 2022, 3rd March this collection contains the stories Clever Lollipop and Lady Lollipop, and features exciting new […]

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