The New Waterstone's Children's Laureate For 2017-19
The Children’s Laureate is a great honour in the UK, and is awarded once every two years, to a writer or illustrator to celebrate an outstanding achievement in their field. It is decided by a panel of judges, from a range of organisations, representing librarians and booksellers.
On July 14th 2017, it was announced that Lauren Child will be the new Children’s Laureate 2017-19. The announcement took place in a ceremony in Hull, where previous Children’s Laureate 2015-17, Chris Riddell, gave Lauren Child the specially made Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate medal.
Lauren Child, author of the beloved Charlie and Lola book series, commented on her role by stating: “Children today need more freedom to dream and imagine.”
Lauren Child, raised in Wiltshire, was the middle child of three daughters, and was actually born Helen Child, before later changing her name to Lauren. She studied Art at college, before moving on to creating picture books .Her first two books published, written and illustrated by Lauren herself, I Want a Pet! and Clarice Brown, That’s Me, initiated the Clarice Brown series.
She later published the first book in her Charlie and Lola series, which was later made into a television series on CBeebies, which won BAFTas in 2007 for Best Children’s Show and Best Script.
Since being named Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child has spoken out about how she does not believe girls are given equal rights in fiction to boys, which makes it difficult for girls to feel heard.
We congratulate Lauren Child, a worthy winner, on her achievements, and look forward to seeing what she will do next.
Blog post was written by Georgia Jones (15) from Werneth School in Stockport.