Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Introducing the new Waterstones Children's Laureate!

Sadly, Chris Riddell's time as the Waterstones Children's Laureate has come to an end. Chris is responsible for books such as the Goth Girl series, the Ottoline series, and 100 Hugs

But, with every goodbye we say hello to a new face. And that lovely face happens to be... Lauren Child!

Yes, the wonderful author of books such as Charlie and Lola (which was made into a tv series) and one of my personal favourite children's book characters Clarice Bean has stepped into the role of inspiring young people to read. And, more importantly, inspiring them to love it. 

Waterstones created this role to celebrate the achievement of writers that work their entire lives to make sure that young people have interesting and fun content to read, which in turn encourages them to carry on reading as they get older, which makes them more likely to do well in school. 

Lauren will be the store's 10th Laureate, and I can't wait to see what she achieves in this time!

On the Waterstones website, Lauren says that she wants to “focus on building stronger links between the world of children’s literature and other art forms such as fine art, film, music, television and design… I want to inspire children to believe in their own creative potential, to make their own stories and drawings and ignite in them the delight of reading for pleasure.”

She also wants to focus on equality in children's books.

What a brilliant choice of Laureate! I wish Lauren all the best in her new role.

Lauren Child will be Children's Laureate from 2017-2019, and you can find her on her website.