Alex Brychta

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Alex Brychta

Born (1956-01-13) January 13, 1956 (age 65)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Notable worksThe Magic Key series
Notable awardsMember of the Order of the British Empire

Alex Brychta MBE (born 13 January 1956) is a British illustrator. He has collaborated with Roderick Hunt on a series of children books for the Oxford Reading Tree which had an animated spin-off, The Magic Key series. There were originally 30 books in the Oxford Reading Tree, and there are now around 400. They are used by over 80% of British primary schools to help children learn to read, in addition to schools in more than 120 other countries.[1]

Alex Brychta was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia into a family of artists. He followed in his parents footsteps and age ten, his drawings were shown to the Lord Mayor of Hamburg in a public exhibition. In 1968, however, his family moved to England, where he had his first book published in 1972.

In addition to Oxford Reading Tree, Brychta is also the illustrator of Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper (formerly Read at Home), the Wolf Hill series of books and the Time Chronicles series. He has also written and illustrated several children's books for J M Dent, Franklin Watts, and Oxford University Press.

Brychta was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to children's literature.[2]

Alex now lives in Surrey with wife Dina whom he has two children with, Kelly Brychta and Dylan Brychta.

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  1. ^ "Series Creators of Oxford Reading Tree, Roderick Hunt MBE and Alex Brychta MBE, receive the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award in this year's Education Resources Awards" (PDF). Oxford University Press. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 14.