JOHN BURNINGHAM (Born 1936)

John Burningham was born in Rowledge, Surrey on 27 April 1936. He was educated at the progressive Summerhill School and then, as a result of refusing National Service, was drafted into two years of work in farming and forestry, hospital and social work. read more...

John Burningham was born in Rowledge, Surrey on 27 April 1936. He was educated at the progressive Summerhill School and then, as a result of refusing National Service, was drafted into two years of work in farming and forestry, hospital and social work. He studied art at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (1956-59), under Keith Vaughan, Laurence Scarfe and Bernard Neville. An award enabled him to retain his independence for a year, in which he designed some posters for London Transport and then worked in New York on educational publications.
Returning to England, Burningham developed his career as a children’s writer and illustrator, and was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for Borka (1963), his very first book and again for Mr Gumpy’s Outing (1970), which also won the Boston Globe Book Award and was listed in the New York Times choice of the best illustrated children’s books of the year (1971). Subsequent successes have included The Wind in the Willows (1983) and Granpa (1984), the latter being turned into an award-winning film for UNICEF (Prix Jeunesse 1990), Oi! Get Off Our Train (1989), Cloudland (1996) and Magic Bed (2003).
His ability to illustrate for adults as well as children is well- demonstrated by John Burningham’s England (1992) and John Burningham’s France (1998), and the two books he compiled and illustrated, The Time of Your Life (2002), and When We Were Young (2004), which were all launched at Chris Beetles Gallery. In 2006, a retrospective of his work was exhibited in the Sungkok Gallery, Seoul and in 2007, his one-man show, ‘The World of John Burningham’s Picture Book Artwork’, opened in Osaka, Japan, before moving to Tokyo in 2008.
John Burningham is married to illustrator Helen Oxenbury.
His latest works include
It’s a Secret!, London, Walker, 2009, and John Burningham, London, Jonathan Cape, 2009, an anthology of his work and memoir of his life.

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NOW AUTUMN WAS HERE, THE LEAVES WERE FALLING AND SOON IT WOULD BE WINTER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

NOW AUTUMN WAS HERE, THE LEAVES WERE FALLING AND SOON IT WOULD BE WINTER

BUT HE SAID NOTHING by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BUT HE SAID NOTHING

A SWING by JOHN BURNINGHAM

A SWING

THEY ARE THE MOUSE FAMILY by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THEY ARE THE MOUSE FAMILY

THE MICE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE HUMANS HAVE GONE TO BED BEFORE THEY LOOK FOR FOOD by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE MICE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE HUMANS HAVE GONE TO BED BEFORE THEY LOOK FOR FOOD

AND ONCE, IN THE WINTER, THEY DROVE OUT AND PLAYED IN THE SNOW by JOHN BURNINGHAM

AND ONCE, IN THE WINTER, THEY DROVE OUT AND PLAYED IN THE SNOW

MILES DID NOT COME WHEN HE WAS CALLED, DID NOT LIKE GOING FOR WALKS, DID NOT LIKE HIS FOOD. OR THE RAIN. HE BARKED TOO MUCH by JOHN BURNINGHAM

MILES DID NOT COME WHEN HE WAS CALLED, DID NOT LIKE GOING FOR WALKS, DID NOT LIKE HIS FOOD. OR THE RAIN. HE BARKED TOO MUCH

AND HE DIDN'T LIKE OTHER DOGS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

AND HE DIDN'T LIKE OTHER DOGS

DRIVING OUT by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DRIVING OUT

MARIE ELAINE AND MALCOLM by JOHN BURNINGHAM

MARIE ELAINE AND MALCOLM

SOME LIONS HAD ESCAPED by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SOME LIONS HAD ESCAPED

SNAKE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SNAKE

ALLOW US TO TELL YOU WHAT WE ARE THINKING OR FEELING. WHETHER OUR VOICES ARE BIG OR SMALL; WHETHER WE WHISPER OR SHOUT IT, OR PAINT, DRAW, MIME OR SIGN IT   LISTEN TO US AND HEAR WHAT WE SAY by JOHN BURNINGHAM

ALLOW US TO TELL YOU WHAT WE ARE THINKING OR FEELING. WHETHER OUR VOICES ARE BIG OR SMALL; WHETHER WE WHISPER OR SHOUT IT, OR PAINT, DRAW, MIME OR SIGN IT LISTEN TO US AND HEAR WHAT WE SAY

SO MR HUDDY STARTED TO MAKE THE CAR FOR MILES by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SO MR HUDDY STARTED TO MAKE THE CAR FOR MILES

WOULD YOU RATHER BE ... SQUASHED BY A HIPPO by JOHN BURNINGHAM

WOULD YOU RATHER BE ... SQUASHED BY A HIPPO

FOUR ELEPHANTS FALL INTO THE WATER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

FOUR ELEPHANTS FALL INTO THE WATER

BEACH CRICKET by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BEACH CRICKET

THROUGH LEAVES IN THE AUTUMN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THROUGH LEAVES IN THE AUTUMN

HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA by JOHN BURNINGHAM

HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA

POP CHAMPAGNE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

POP CHAMPAGNE