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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PIG'S BALL ROLLED INTO A POND AND DUCK WENT IN TO LOOK FOR IT by JOHN BURNINGHAM

PIG'S BALL ROLLED INTO A POND AND DUCK WENT IN TO LOOK FOR IT

THEY ALL WENT OVER THE FIELD TO FIND A PLACE FOR THEIR PICNIC ... by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THEY ALL WENT OVER THE FIELD TO FIND A PLACE FOR THEIR PICNIC ...

DUCK, PIG, SHEEP, BOY AND GIRL RAN AS FAST AS THEY COULD TOWARDS THE WOOD TO HIDE FROM BULL by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DUCK, PIG, SHEEP, BOY AND GIRL RAN AS FAST AS THEY COULD TOWARDS THE WOOD TO HIDE FROM BULL

SO THEY ALL WENT TO FIND A PLACE TO HAVE THEIR PICNIC by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SO THEY ALL WENT TO FIND A PLACE TO HAVE THEIR PICNIC

THEY ALL LOOKED FOR SHEEP'S HAT. CAN YOU FIND IT? by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THEY ALL LOOKED FOR SHEEP'S HAT. CAN YOU FIND IT?

BOY AND GIRL by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BOY AND GIRL

MALCOLM IN ORANGE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

MALCOLM IN ORANGE

NORMAN DANCING WITH A CAT IN A FLORAL HAT by JOHN BURNINGHAM

NORMAN DANCING WITH A CAT IN A FLORAL HAT

THE DOGS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE DOGS

GOING TO A PARTY by JOHN BURNINGHAM

GOING TO A PARTY

FROM TIME TO TIME, EDWARDO WAS NASTY TO LITTLE CHILDREN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

FROM TIME TO TIME, EDWARDO WAS NASTY TO LITTLE CHILDREN

EDWARDO WITH THE LIONS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

EDWARDO WITH THE LIONS

EDWARDO HELPS WITH THE LIONS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

EDWARDO HELPS WITH THE LIONS

YOU ARE A VERY NOISY BOY, EDWARDO. YOU ARE THE NOISIEST BOY IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD by JOHN BURNINGHAM

YOU ARE A VERY NOISY BOY, EDWARDO. YOU ARE THE NOISIEST BOY IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD

WE RETURNED HOME BY TRAIN
(JEFFREY ARCHER) by JOHN BURNINGHAM

WE RETURNED HOME BY TRAIN (JEFFREY ARCHER)

ALSO, WHEN TAPIOCA IS COOKED IN MILK IT BECOMES TRANSLUCENT AND JELLY-LIKE, CAUSING CHILDREN TO DETECT A RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN IT AND FROG SPAWN
(ALAN DAVIDSON, THE OXFORD COMPANION TO FOOD, 1999) by JOHN BURNINGHAM

ALSO, WHEN TAPIOCA IS COOKED IN MILK IT BECOMES TRANSLUCENT AND JELLY-LIKE, CAUSING CHILDREN TO DETECT A RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN IT AND FROG SPAWN (ALAN DAVIDSON, THE OXFORD COMPANION TO FOOD, 1999)

THEN HE HAD A RACE WITH SOME WITCHES by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THEN HE HAD A RACE WITH SOME WITCHES

HE TOOK THE YOUNG TIGER BACK TO ITS FATHER AND MOTHER, WHO WERE VERY PLEASED THAT GEORGIE HAD FOUND THEIR CHILD by JOHN BURNINGHAM

HE TOOK THE YOUNG TIGER BACK TO ITS FATHER AND MOTHER, WHO WERE VERY PLEASED THAT GEORGIE HAD FOUND THEIR CHILD

THE BACKBONE OF ENGLAND AND ALL WHO SAIL IN HER ...
(BERNARD KOPS, GUARDIAN, 25 AUGUST 2001) by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE BACKBONE OF ENGLAND AND ALL WHO SAIL IN HER ... (BERNARD KOPS, GUARDIAN, 25 AUGUST 2001)

AT 86, I AM PRIVILEGED TO DRIVE MY LATE FRIEND'S 4.5 LITRE 'BLOWER' BENTLEY AND TYPE 35B BUGATTI
(E G KEEP, SPEEN, BUCKS, DAILY TELEGRAPH, 11 JANUARY 2002) by JOHN BURNINGHAM

AT 86, I AM PRIVILEGED TO DRIVE MY LATE FRIEND'S 4.5 LITRE 'BLOWER' BENTLEY AND TYPE 35B BUGATTI (E G KEEP, SPEEN, BUCKS, DAILY TELEGRAPH, 11 JANUARY 2002)