David McKee

A writer and illustrator who was born in 2 January, 1935, David McKee is the creator of Elmer the patchwork elephant and Mr. Benn. Born and brought up in Tavistock, South Devon, he sold his cartoons to the local press while growing up and published the first Elmer book in 1968. The series has been published in over 20 languages and sold over 5 million copies.

One of the most popular illustrators of children’s books, David also wrote King Rollo and Not Now, Bernard and has illustrated for other authors including for Michael Bond’s Paddington books.


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David McKee Books

  • ELMG 3 years +

    Elmer Collection - 10 Books (Collection)

    David McKee

    (11) Hand-picked favourites
    David McKee's Elmer stories delight toddlers and younger readers and this jumbo collection contains 10 stories starring the patchwork elephant.

    Elmer tries to work out why he's not the same colour as the other elephants; makes a delightfully bouncy new friend; and has a lot of fun playing in the snow.

    Presented in a generous size and in a beautiful bag, these books are gorgeously illustrated with so many colours and are full of morals for children to learn from.

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  • ELQ2 3 years +

    Elmer (Paperback)

    David McKee

    (2) Hand-picked favourites
    Elmer the patchwork elephant is the star of this gorgeous picture book.

    David McKee's stunning illustrations give Elmer lots of toddler appeal and this is a lovely book to read to youngsters to illustrate the message that it's OK to be different and not just one of the crowd!

    Elmer offers lots of fun and laughter for readers aged 3 and over.
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  • AUMQM Toddlers

    Elmer's Little Library (Hardback)

    David McKee

    This chunky little library contains four board books - Colours, Numbers, Shapes and Actions. Little hands will love turning each sturdy page and meeting favourite friends from the world of Elmer the patchwork elephant.
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  • AMXOX 3 years +

    Not Now, Bernard (Paperback)

    David McKee

    (1)
    Bernard's got a problem. He's found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster ...and that doesn't go quite to plan. Loved by children, monsters and adults for thirty five years, David McKee's iconic picture book is celebrated in this special anniversary paperback that includes embossing and a free downloadable audiobook.
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  • BPNEO Toddlers

    My First Elmer (Other)

    David McKee

    Elmer is not elephant colour. Elmer is patchwork. Elmer's much-loved first story is now available in this tactile shaped board book edition, abridged for the very youngest of readers. With its sturdy shaped pages for little fingers and its eye-catching march across any bookshelf, this gift is the perfect introduction for babies to the world of Elmer.
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  • BPYMO Babies

    Elmer's Friends (Other)

    David McKee

    Spottiest, stripiest, tallest and longest... meet all of Elmer's very best friends! This chunky board book with easy-grip toddler tabs on every page is perfect for the very youngest Elmer fans.
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  • AWMST Toddlers

    Elmer: Elephant Colours (Other)

    David McKee

    The perfect introduction to the world of Elmer and his colourful elephant friends for the youngest of children. This little book clips onto a buggy and is superb for keeping little ones entertained on the go. Children will engage with the charming elephants in different colours - which one is elephant colour? - and learn important first vocabulary.
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  • AEFYL 3 years +

    Elmer and Butterfly (Paperback)

    David McKee

    One day, as Elmer is strolling through the jungle, he hears a cry for help. A butterfly has been trapped in a hole by a fallen branch. Elmer rushes to the rescue and frees her with ease. In return she promises to help Elmer should he ever need it. But just how can a butterfly ever help an elephant?
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  • ACASO 3 years +

    Elmer and the Hippos (Paperback)

    David McKee

    The elephants are not happy - the hippos have come to share the river because theirs has dried up. When they complain to Elmer that the river is over-crowded, everyone's favourite patchwork elephant sets off to see if he can find a solution ...
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  • BQJNT

    Elmer's Weather (Other)

    David McKee

    Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, Elmer loves to play! This chunky board book with easy-grip toddler tabs on every page is perfect for the very youngest Elmer fans.
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  • ADAKE 3 years +

    The Conquerors (Paperback)

    David McKee

    There once was a large country that was ruled by a General. The General would take his army and attack all the countries around him until they were conquered. Eventually, there was only one small country left to conquer. However, this one did not resist but welcomed the soldiers - leading to a quite unexpected result!
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    Elmer's Walk (Hardback)

    David McKee

    Elmer is enjoying his walk: smelling the flowers, watching the clouds, listening to the waterfall. But each time he points out one of these lovely things to the other animals, they all say they don't have time to stop. They're far too busy. Luckily Wilbur arrives at last and shares Elmer's enjoyment in the stars. A celebration of mindfulness from master-storyteller David McKee.
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    Elmer's Walk (Paperback)

    David McKee

    Elmer is enjoying his walk: smelling the flowers, watching the clouds, listening to the waterfall. But each time he points out one of these lovely things to the other animals, they all say they don't have time to stop. They're far too busy. Luckily Wilbur arrives at last and shares Elmer's enjoyment in the stars. A celebration of mindfulness from master-storyteller David McKee.
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  • BROOU

    Tusk Tusk (Paperback)

    David McKee

    Once, elephants came in two colours: black or white. They loved all other creatures - but each set wanted to destroy the other. Peace-loving elephants ran and hid in the deepest jungle while battle commenced. The war-mongers succeeded: for a long time it seemed that there were no elephants in the world at all, not of any colour. But then the descendants of the peace-loving ones emerged from the jungle, and by now they were all grey. `This book was one of my favourites as a kid, I simply relished in the gloriousness of a load of elephants battling it out in a bizarre forest. It wasn't until I was a bit older that I recognised the importance of the message that lay (not so subtly) underneath.' OLIVER JEFFERS
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  • AZPDI Toddlers

    Elmer: Hide and Seek! (Other)

    David McKee

    Elmer and Bird are playing hide and seek. Help Elmer by lifting the flaps to look behind the rock, in the herd of elephants and even behind Elmer's ear. The sturdy flaps are perfect for little hands and this book is a brilliant introduction to the fun and mischief of Elmer and his friends.
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  • AUMRE 3 years +

    Charlotte's Piggy Bank (Paperback)

    David McKee

    When Charlotte's Aunt Jane gives her a piggy bank, Charlotte thinks it is a silly present. Until she finds out that the piggy bank is magical and if she saves enough she will get a wish. At last the piggy bank is full enough, but then Charlotte learns that wishes sometimes turn out as you least expect them too...
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  • ADAKM 3 years +

    Elmer and Wilbur (Paperback)

    David McKee

    Elmer loves practical jokes, but so does his cousin Wilbur. Until, that is, Elmer has an idea which brings Wilbur back down to earth, in more ways than one...
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  • AAQNU 3 years +

    Elmer Again (Paperback)

    David McKee

    It's coming up to Elmer's Day, the day when all grey elephants paint themselves in bright colours. For Elmer, the patchwork elephant with the mischievous sense of fun, life seems far too quiet. So he thinks up a marvellous joke he can play on the other elephants in the night, when they're asleep...
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  • AUMQW 3 years +

    Elmer and the Race (Paperback)

    David McKee

    The young elephants want to prove who is the fastest, so Elmer and Wilbur organise a race. Each decorated a different colour, the racers set off around the course and discover things about themselves - Blue may be first and Orange second, but White is kind, Pink and Violet are funny and Yellow is a cheat. Luckily Yellow also learns he is very good at saying sorry, so each young elephant gets a medal from Elmer.
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  • ADAJY 3 years +

    Two Monsters (Paperback)

    David McKee

    Two monsters live on either side of a mountain. Sometimes they talk through the hole in the mountain, but they never see each other. One evening, they get into a silly argument about whether day is departing or night is arriving, which escalates into a rock throwing fight, which eventually destroys the mountain, and enables the monsters to see each other's point of view and live together as friends.
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  • ADAKT 3 years +

    Two Can Toucan (Paperback)

    David McKee

    How did the Toucan get its name? Find out in this modern fable.
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  • BYIBP

    Belinda Brown (Paperback)

    David McKee

    David McKee has created a new modern classic with the story of Belinda, a banana-obsessed young girl. Her whole family thinks it's a phase, except for Grandma Brown: she worries, and worry is hard to keep down. She asks Belinda to give up her favourite fruit before she gets a banana-shaped body, but Belinda has other ideas... 'What a joy; a new rhyming book from the Elmer and Mr Benn creator, David McKee... Fantastic illustrations' THE TIMES
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  • BRPOG

    Elmer and the Tune (Paperback)

    David McKee

    When Rose meets Elmer she's humming a tune, a tune she just can't get out of her head. When she leaves, Elmer realises he can't get the tune out of his head either - and as he crosses the jungle he can see the infectious tune spreading to every animal Rose has met! Can Elmer help everyone get rid of it?
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    Elmer's Day (Other)

    David McKee

    From dawn to dusk, with lots of food and fun between, join Elmer on his day! This chunky board book with easy-grip toddler tabs on every page is perfect for the very youngest Elmer fans.
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