Greeting CardsGreeting Cards

As a means of promoting and advocating books for young people, each Christmas IBBY UK produces a set of greeting cards featuring the work of a prominent UK-based illustrator. These are specially donated to IBBY UK by prominent children's illustrators, including Jackie Morris,  John Burningham, Jan Pienkowski, Jane Ray, Anthony Browne and Michael Foreman and Shirley Hughes.

How to Purchase

Full details of currently available cards are shown further below.

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Jane Ray Christmas Card 2016

Jane Ray Christmas Card 2016​This pack of ten Christmas cards is designed by Jane Ray and is IBBY UK’s featured card for 2016.

The design is taken from The Nutcracker (Hachette Children’s Group 2015) and illustrates the opening scene: “The Front Door was flung wide to welcome guests to the Ernst family Christmas party. Friends and relatives, young and old, all came, stamping the snow off their boots and greeting each other with hugs and laughter”.

Jane Ray has produced many stunning illustrated books over the years and IBBY UK is very grateful to her for providing this year's card.

  • Jane’s card is available now to order at £6 (inc. postage and packing) for a pack of ten.
  • Previous card designs by Axel Scheffler, Jackie Morris and Jan Pienkowski are also available as individual packs of ten.
  • There are also multipacks of ten containing three cards each by Axel Scheffler and Jackie Morris, and two cards each by Jan Pienkowski and Jane Ray. 

A pack of 10 cards costs £6 (inc p & p).


Jan Pienkowski Christmas Card

Jan Pienkowski: I Saw Three Ships

Still available is the 2015 IBBY UK Christmas Card, a new design by Jan Pienkowski. Entitled I Saw Three Ships, his illustration marries the traditional carol with Jan’s own experience as a refugee coming to the UK after the Second World War. Commissioned earlier in the year, it is sadly prescient of the current refugee crisis.

Jan writes: “I sailed to Britain in the Winter of ’46, having come from Poland via Vienna, Rome and finally Calais, where we herded in a storm onto a beat-up old channel ferry.”

Our first IBBY UK Christmas Card featured an image from Jan’s Christmas, and has been our most popular card. We are pleased and proud that he has now specially designed a card for us that, while being very personal, expresses the Christmas message so eloquently and connects it to IBBY’s commitment to human rights and internationalism.

  • Jan’s card is available now to order at £6 (inc. postage and packing) for a pack of ten.

Previous Years’ Cards

Previous card designs by Axel Scheffler and Jackie Morris are available as individual packs of ten. There are also multipacks of ten with two cards each of five of our previous designs by Axel Scheffler, Jackie Morris, Shirley Hughes, Jane Ray and Michael Foreman. 

The text inside is a multi-lingual "Season's Greetings".

The cards feature the following illustrations:

Axel Scheffler Christmas Card 2014Axel Scheffler

Our 2014 Christmas card is exclusively designed for us by Axel Scheffler on the theme of giving books for Christmas and we are especially grateful to him for providing such a lovely illustration.

Jackie Morris Christmas Card 2013Jackie Morris

Our 2013 Christmas card is a specially designed illustration by Jackie Morris, which features her signature polar bear pulling an exotic book mobile. The image extends from front to back of the card and the greeting inside is a multilingual 'Season's Greetings'.

Shirley Hughes Greeting CardShirley Hughes

For our 2011 Christmas card, Shirley Hughes kindly donated one of her distinctive illustrations from Out and About (Walker Books) (previously published as Out and About Through the Year).


Jane Ray Greeting CardJane Ray

Our 2010 Christmas card featured an illustration by Jane Ray from The Story of Christmas (Orchard Books) which she kindly donated.


Michael Foreman Greeting CardMichael Foreman

In 2009 Michael Foreman kindly donated this distinctive illustration from Michael Foreman's Christmas Treasury (Chrysalis) for use on our Christmas card.