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W. Awdry (1911–1997)

Author of Thomas & Friends: Happy Birthday, Thomas!

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About the Author

W. V. Awdry was born on June 15, 1911 in Hampshire, England. He was ordained as a minister in 1936 and served as a vicar in many parishes. Fascinated by trains since childhood, Awdry told train stories to his young son, Christopher. When his son quickly pointed out discrepancies between his show more retelling of these stories, Awdry realized the importance of writing them down. His wife submitted some of the stories to a literary agent, and the hugely popular Thomas the Tank Engine series was created. Between 1945 and 1972, Awdry wrote twenty-six Thomas the Tank Engine stories, beginning with The Three Railway Engines and ending with Tramway Engines. His books have sold over 50 million copies and spawned an Emmy-winning PBS animated series. Fortunately for fans of the books, Awdry's son Christopher resumed writing the series. W. V. Awdry died on March 21, 1997. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by W. Awdry

Thomas & Friends: Happy Birthday, Thomas! (1990) — Series Originator — 782 copies
A Crack in the Track (Thomas & Friends) (2001) — Series Originator — 504 copies
Go, Train, Go! (2005) 480 copies
Thomas the Tank Engine (1946) 287 copies
Blue Train, Green Train (2006) 258 copies
James in a Mess (1993) 227 copies
The Three Railway Engines (1945) 174 copies
Thomas and the Naughty Diesel (Thomas & Friends) (Pictureback(R)) (1999) — Original Stories — 163 copies
Thomas' Christmas Delivery (2004) 163 copies
James the Red Engine (1948) 162 copies
The Monster Under the Shed (Thomas & Friends) (Pictureback(R)) (2001) — Original Stories — 154 copies
Wave Hello to Thomas! (1993) 143 copies
Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Treasure (2008) — Series Originator — 127 copies
Toby the Tram Engine (1952) 122 copies
Steam Engine Stories (2008) 117 copies
Thomas' Railway Word Book (2000) 114 copies
Gordon the Big Engine (1953) 98 copies
Percy the Small Engine (1956) 95 copies
Thomas & Friends: Flynn Saves the Day (2011) — Original Stories — 82 copies
Breakfast -Time for Thomas (1990) 77 copies
Thomas and the Rumors (2002) 72 copies
Mountain Engines (Railway) (1964) 70 copies
Thomas & Friends: Emily (2005) — Original Stories — 68 copies
Thomas & Friends: Toby (2003) — Original Stories; Original Stories — 67 copies
Little Old Engine (1959) 63 copies
Thomas & Friends: Gordon (2004) — Original Stories — 62 copies
Main Line Engines (Railway) (1966) 62 copies
Percy (Thomas Story Library) (2004) — Original Stories — 61 copies
Thomas & Friends: Henry (2007) — Original Stories — 61 copies
Thomas & Friends: James (2003) — Original Stories — 59 copies
Thomas & Friends: Bertie (2005) 58 copies
Spencer (My Thomas Story Library) (2005) — Original Stories — 55 copies
Tramway Engines (Railway) (1972) 55 copies
Thomas & Friends: Harold (2005) — Original Stories — 55 copies
Twin Engines (Railway) (1960) 55 copies
Thomas & Friends: Daisy (2005) 54 copies
Thomas & Friends: Cranky (2004) — Original Stories — 53 copies
Day of the Diesels (2012) 52 copies
Thomas & Friends: Edward (2004) — Original Stories — 50 copies
Blue Mountain Mystery (2012) 50 copies
Small Railway Engines (1967) 49 copies
Thomas & Friends: Bulgy (2003) — Original Stories — 49 copies
Henry and the Elephant (1990) 49 copies
Very Old Engines (Railway) (1965) 49 copies
Donald and Douglas (2003) 46 copies
Thomas & Friends: Fergus (2005) 45 copies
George (2006) 45 copies
Thomas & Friends: Diesel (2005) 44 copies
Jack (My Thomas Story Library) (2003) — Original Stories — 44 copies
Halloween in Anopha (2008) 41 copies
Molly (2006) — Original Stories — 41 copies
Toby Had a Little Lamb (2003) 40 copies
Mavis (My Thomas Story Library) (2003) — Original Stories — 37 copies
Thomas & Friends: Harvey (2006) — Original Stories — 37 copies
Trevor (My Thomas Story Library) (2005) — Original Stories — 37 copies
T&F SPILLS & THRILLS (2014) 37 copies
Mighty Mac (My Thomas Story Library) (2006) — Original Stories — 36 copies
Salty (My Thomas Story Library) (2004) — Original Stories — 36 copies
Sir Handel (Thomas Story Library) (2004) — Original Stories — 35 copies
Thomas & Friends: Bill and Ben (2004) — Original Stories — 35 copies
Gordon in Trouble (1993) 35 copies
James and the Red Balloon (2003) 34 copies
Thomas & Friends Story Time Collection (Thomas & Friends) (2014) — Original stories — 34 copies
Skarloey (My Thomas Story Library) (2003) — Original Stories — 34 copies
Thomas and the Weather (1997) 33 copies
Peter Sam (My Thomas Story Library) (2005) — Original Stories — 33 copies
Risky Rails! (Thomas & Friends) (Pictureback(R)) (2012) — Original Stories — 33 copies
Thomas Comes to Breakfast (1985) — Author — 33 copies
Tale of the Brave (Thomas & Friends) (Little Golden Book) (2014) — Original Stories — 31 copies
Thomas & Friends: Duck (2005) 31 copies
Thomas & Friends: Oliver (2003) — Original Stories — 30 copies
Thomas & Friends: Alfie (2007) 29 copies
Thomas & Friends: Duncan (2005) — Original Stories — 29 copies
Murdoch (Thomas Story Library) (2007) — Original Stories — 28 copies
Thomas & Friends: Elizabeth (2003) — Original Stories — 28 copies
Thomas & Friends: Bulstrode (2003) 28 copies
Stepney (2004) — Original Stories — 28 copies
Go, Thomas Go! (2007) 27 copies
Thomas Comes to Breakfast (My First Thomas) (1998) — Author — 27 copies
Thomas & Friends: Freddie (2007) — Original Stories — 26 copies
Thomas & Friends: Arthur (2007) — Original Stories — 24 copies
Troublesome Trucks (My Thomas Story Library) (2011) — Original Stories — 23 copies
Jeremy (My Thomas Story Library) (2007) — Original Stories — 23 copies
Charlie the Cheerful Engine (2010) 21 copies
Thomas' Stop and Go Day (2002) 20 copies
Rosie (My Thomas Story Library) (2007) — Original Stories — 20 copies
A Close Shave (Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends) (1991) — Original Stories — 20 copies
Thomas & Friends: Kevin (2010) 20 copies
Neville (My Thomas Story Library) (2007) — Original Stories — 20 copies
Hiro (My Thomas Story Library) (2010) — Original Stories — 19 copies
Emily's New Coaches (2007) 19 copies
Thomas and the Fogman (2003) 18 copies
Lift-the-Flap Freight (2008) 16 copies
Trust Thomas (1993) 16 copies
Thomas' train (2000) 16 copies
Thomas & Friends: Dennis (2007) 16 copies
Engines & Animals (2005) 14 copies
Thomas Story Treasury (1999) 14 copies
A Day Out with Thomas (2003) 13 copies
Buzz Buzz / Wrong Road (1995) 13 copies
Busy Engines (2012) 13 copies
Thomas' Busy Day 13 copies
James and Toby (1992) 12 copies
Gordon Off the Rails (1990) 11 copies
Break-Van/The Deputation (2002) 11 copies
Thomas' Railway Collection (1998) 11 copies
Going Places (2006) 11 copies
Thomas Comes to Breakfast (2002) 10 copies
At the Crossing (2008) 10 copies
THE RAILWAY STORIES (1982) 10 copies
Island of Sodor Awdry (1987) 10 copies
Hullo Twins (1995) 9 copies
Railway Series Boxed Set (2003) 8 copies
Hello Thomas Flap Book (1995) 7 copies
Percy Gets it Right (2004) 7 copies
Thomas & Friends: Percy's New Friends (2012) — Original Stories — 6 copies
Thomas and the bumpy ride (2010) 6 copies
Belle's New Friend (2012) 6 copies
Bertie's Chase (1994) 6 copies
Thomas and the Bees (2003) 6 copies
Egine Stories (1982) 5 copies
Bowled Out (1994) 5 copies
Thomas & Friends Touch Screen Activity Book (2009) — Original Stories — 5 copies
Thomas' Train (1986) 5 copies
Belinda Beats the Band (1992) 4 copies
James and the Express (2016) 4 copies
Duck and Dukes (1995) 4 copies
BUST MY BUFFERS! (2014) 3 copies
Thomas Tank Bxd Set (1990) 3 copies
Engines All Day (2002) 3 copies
Bull's-Eyes (1995) 3 copies
All Aboard (2010) 3 copies
Percy (Board Book) (2000) — Original Stories — 3 copies
Up and Down with Percy (1989) 3 copies
Further engine stories (1983) 3 copies
Boco (2008) 3 copies
james' new coat 2 copies
Harold Shows Off (2003) 2 copies
Belinda the Beetle (1992) 2 copies
Duck and the Regatta (1995) 2 copies
Old Faithful (1995) 2 copies
Best Friends (2010) 2 copies
SECRET OF THE MINE, (2013) 1 copy
Bull's-eyes 1 copy
Sää (2008) 1 copy
Thomas's Counting Book (1997) 1 copy
Elizabeth 1 copy
Arthur 1 copy
TTE Thomas & James (2002) 1 copy
Old faithful 1 copy
A szerencse mozdonya (2008) 1 copy
Thomas mesék (2009) 1 copy
Thomas (Book Babies) (2001) 1 copy
Thomas (2006) — Original Stories — 1 copy
Trucks! 1 copy
O mašince Tomášovi (2005) 1 copy

Associated Works

Thomas and the School Trip (1993) — Series Originator — 1,403 copies
Thomas the the Magic Railroad : Little Engines Can Do Big Things (2000) — Original stories — 494 copies
Thomas and the Magic Railroad : Diesel 10 Means Trouble (2000) — Original stories — 262 copies
Stuck in the Mud (Thomas & Friends) (Step into Reading) (2009) — Original Stories — 210 copies
Thomas & Friends: A Ghost on the Tracks (with card game) (2015) — Series Originator — 27 copies
Thomas & Friends: Fun and Bumps (2016) — Series Originator — 8 copies

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