Gregory Rogers (1957 – 1 May 2013) was an illustrator and writer of children's books, especially picture books. He was the first Australian to win the annual Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. The book was Way Home by the Australian author Libby Hathorn, published in the U.K. by Andersen Press in 1994. In the unnamed city, a boy makes his way home at night and adopts a stray cat en route.)
Rogers has illustrated many books including Margaret Card's Aunty Mary's Dead Goat, Ian Trevaskis's The Postman Race, Gary Crew's Tracks and Lucy's Bay, Libby Hathorn's Way Home, and Nigel Gray's Running Away From Home. Beside the Greenaway Medal, Way Home also won a Parents' Choice Award in the U.S. and was shortlisted for the APBA book design awards.[clarification needed]
Nevertheless, his most widely held work in WorldCat participating libraries is the first book he both wrote and illustrated, The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, and the Bard. The picture book was published by Allen & Unwin of Australia in 2004 and by Roaring Brook Press that same year in the U.S. It features a timeslip to Shakespeare's London by a boy who follows a soccer ball from Shakespeare's Globe, the modern reconstruction, to the original Globe Theatre. With Midsummer Knight (2006) and The Hero of Little Street (2009) it constitutes a "wordless picture book series" that Publishers Weekly calls his work best known in the U.S.
Rogers played several musical instruments—the cornetto, recorder, and the baroque guitar—performing music of the 16th and 17th centuries. He collected "CDs, antiques, books and anything that might attract dust".
- The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard (Crows Nest, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin, 2004)
- Midsummer Knight (2006)
- The Hero of Little Street (2009)
- Omar the Strongman (author/illustrator, Scholastic Press, 2013)
- "Gregory Rogers, 1957–2013". Publishers Weekly. May 2, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
- (Greenaway Winner 1994). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- "Gregory Rogers". Allen & Unwin – Children Author Display. Allenandunwin.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
- "Formats and Editions of The boy, the bear, the baron, the bard". WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- Gregory Rogers at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- The boy, the bear, the baron, and the bard in libraries (WorldCat catalog) —immediately, first edition with library catalogue summary