The Tiger Who Came To Tea sales surpass the million mark

Judith Kerr, the best-selling children’s author, has been awarded with a Specsavers Platinum Bestseller Award as her classic children’s book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea surpasses one million units sold.

Judith Kerr was presented with the award at a ceremony at the office of her publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books, central London. The Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book, celebrate the most successful books in Britain based on actual sales measured by Nielsen.

Inspired by her daughter Tacy, The Tiger Who Came to Tea was Judith Kerr’s first picture book and published in 1968. The book has been a perennial bestseller, enchanting generations of young readers and remaining in the top 5,000 books every year since Nielsen Book records began in 1998. The 50th anniversary of this family favourite will be celebrated in 2018. Judith has gone on to write over 25 books for children and her next book, Katinka’s Tale, will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in October 2017.

Andre Breedt, Managing Director of Nielsen Book, said: “We’re delighted to be able to recognise the astonishing sales – one million copies – of this well-loved children’s classic, which generations of children – and their parents – have enjoyed for the last half century.  We look forward to recording many more sales over the years to come.”

Ann-Janine Murtagh, Executive Publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books added: “We are thrilled that Judith Kerr has now achieved a platinum award for sales of The Tiger Who Came to Tea. It’s an iconic picture book that has become part of the magic of childhood for generations of children. It’s never been more popular and we look forward to selling the next million copies! Huge Congratulations to the inimitable Judith Kerr.”

Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, said: “It is fantastic to see such a classic book reach this milestone achievement. At Specsavers, we are passionate about supporting the literary industry and it is brilliant to celebrate such accomplished and well known authors like Judith.”

HarperCollins Children’s Books have been holding a summer of The Tiger Who Came to Tea celebration this year with bookshops up and down the country hosting Great Tiger Tea Parties. The parties include tiger themed activities for children to enjoy and a chance for bookshops to win a visit from The Tiger character costumer.