Pat Hutchins (born 18 June 1942) is an English illustrator and writer of children's books. She won the 1974 Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. The work was The Wind Blew, a picture book in rhyme which she also wrote. It shows how "a crowd of people anxiously chase their belongings" in the wind.
Hutchins is married to illustrator Laurence Hutchins, with two children. She has written books for early readers that he has illustrated.
Hutchins was born 18 June 1942 in Yorkshire, the sixth of seven children. She won a scholarship to Darlington School of Art in 1958 and continued studying illustration at Leeds College of Art in 1960, graduating 1962. She worked for advertising agency in London to 1966 when she married Laurence Hutchins and moved to New York City for two years. There she worked on writing and illustrating her first picture book, Rosie's Walk, published in 1968 by The Bodley Head and Macmillan US. In the U.S. it was a runner up for the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and the librarians named it a 1968 ALA Notable Book. It remains her work most widely catalogued by WorldCat participating libraries.
Pat Hutchins has written novels for early readers, some illustrated by husband Laurence, and more than two dozen picture books. Beside winning the 1974 Greenaway Medal, she was a commended runner up for One-Eyed Jack (1979), another book she wrote and illustrated.[a]
She played the role of an artistic narrowboat owner in the British children's television series, Rosie and Jim. She was a presenter on the series and subsequently illustrated books for the franchise.
Hutchins has both written and illustrated about fifty books.
Illustrated by Laurence Hutchins
These five books were all written by Pat Hutchins, illustrated by Laurence Hutchins, and published by The Bodley Head.
- The House that Sailed Away (Bodley, 1976; Greenwillow, 1975)
- Follow That Bus! (Bodley, 1977)
- The Mona Lisa Mystery (Bodley, 1981)
- The Curse of the Egyptian Mummy (Bodley, 1983)
- Rats! (Bodley, 1989)
- Today the Greenaway Medal shortlist typically comprises eight books. According to CCSU, some runners up through 2002 were Commended (from 1959) or Highly Commended (from 1974). There were 99 commendations of both kinds in 44 years, including Hutchins and Quentin Blake (highly commended) for 1979.
- (Greenaway Winner 1974). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- (Hutchins, Pat). Collection catalog: person record. Seven Stories. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Preller, James (2001). The Big Book of Picture-Book Authors & Illustrators: Grades K-3. Scholastic Professional Books. p. 64. ISBN 0-439-20154-3.
- "Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Winners and Honor Books 1967 to present". The Horn Book. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
- "Hutchins, Pat 1942–". WorldCat. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
- "Pat Hutchins". HarperCollins. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- "Kate Greenaway Medal". 2007(?). Curriculum Lab. Elihu Burritt Library. Central Connecticut State University. (CCSU). Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- "Pat Hutchins in the Classroom, Author Study", reprint from Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Newsletter, July 1996
|Presenter of Rosie & Jim