Born on March 27, 1922, Dick King-Smith was raised in Gloucestershire, England. One of his most-loved books is Babe, the Gallant Pig, which went on to become a major motion picture, nominated for an Academy Award. Prior to writing full-time, King-Smith was a farmer and a teacher. He lived much of his life near Bristol and was well-known for his books about animals.
His first book was The Fox Busters. In 1984, The Sheep-Pig won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Later books included Titus Rules! about a Pembrokeshire corgie and Chewing the Cud, a memoir which Publishers Weekly named one of the Best Children’s Books for 2002. He was appointed an OBE, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, in 2010.
Mr. King-Smith died on January 4, 2011.