The author was battling a short illness according to her publisher
The author and illustrator had been named as illustrator of the year at the British Book Awards last week, and although she was not present at the ceremony, she was said to be “thrilled”.
Fellow authors and lovers of her book have been paying tribute to Kerr.
“Adieu, beloved friend & neighbour, bonus grandmum to our girls, gentle, wry, unique Judy,” said composer Howard Goodall in a Tweet. “Our hearts are heavy, yet you’d be urging us to tell stories, to live, laugh & love, unstintingly, with every breath we are given, as you did for 96 remarkable years. Ruht wohl #JudithKerr.”
Presenter Jonathan Ross said: “I doubt there is a more perfect children’s book then The Tiger who came to Tea. It was a huge part of my children’s life and I loved reading it for them. RIP #JudithKerr”
While comedian and presenter David Walliams added: “I am so sad to hear that Judith Kerr has died. She was a legendary author and illustrator, whose stories and illustrations gave pleasure to millions around the world, not least me and my son. Judith is gone but her books will live on forever.”
Kerr was born in Germany in 1923, where her Jewish father was an outspoken critic of the Nazi party. In 1933, the family fled to Switzerland, before eventually settling in England.
HarperCollins is set to release a new book by Kerr, The Curse of the School Rabbit, in June.