Raymond Redvers Briggs (born January 18, 1934) is an English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and author who has achieved critical and popular success among adults and children.
Raymond is best known in Britain for his story The Snowman, a book without words whose cartoon adaptation is televised and whose musical adaptation is staged every Christmas.
Briggs won the 1966 and 1973 Kate Greenaway Medals from the British Library Association, recognizing the year’s best children’s book illustration by a British subject. For the 50th anniversary of the Medal (1955–2005), a panel named Father Christmas (1973) one of the top-ten winning works, which composed the ballot for a public election of the nation’s favorite.
For his contribution as a children’s illustrator Briggs was a runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984.