Picture Books

In 1972 Michael Bond began writing some shorter versions of the stories. With full colour illustrations on every page, these books were aimed at slightly younger readers.

The very first Paddington picture books were illustrated by Fred Banbery and there were six titles in this series.

In the 1980s Paddington's visual style changed dramatically with the publication of a new series of picture books. These titles were published in a smaller format and were illustrated by David McKee.

The third series of picture books, illustrated by John Lobban, were printed in a much larger format and featured a much simpler, bolder style of artwork.

Finally, in 1997 an American illustrator was introduced with the publication of "Paddington and the Christmas Surprise". R.W. Alley captured Paddington's character so beautifully that he was commissioned to do re-illustrated versions of all the earlier picture books, along with a whole series of brand new picture book titles.

In addition to this Bob Alley drew the illustrations for the most recent two novels.

A list of the global publishers can be found here ...


More examples of the titles illustrated by each artist can be seen by following the links under their names.

Fred Banbery


FIRST PUBLISHED | 1972
In 1972 the first picture books for younger readers were published. These were illustrated by Fred Banbery and there were six titles in the series.
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Fred Banbery picture books


David McKee


FIRST PUBLISHED | 1980s
In the 1980's Paddington's visual style changed dramatically with the publication of a new series of picture books. These titles were published in a smaller format and were illustrated by David McKee.
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David McKee book cover


John Lobban


FIRST PUBLISHED | 1992
The third series of picture books, illustrated by John Lobban, were printed in a much larger format and featured a much simpler, bolder style of artwork.
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John Lobban


R.W. Alley


FIRST PUBLISHED | 1997
In 1997 an American illustrator was introduced with the publication of "Paddington and the Christmas Surprise". R.W. Alley captured Paddington's character so beautifully that he was commissioned to do re-illustrated versions of the earlier picture books and he continues to illustrate all of the new Paddington Bear titles.
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Bob Alley
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