Tue, 04/06/2013 - 11:29
Malorie Blackman has been appointed the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2013-2015, and has vowed to get children reading more as well as to continue the support for libraries shown by her predecessor Julia Donaldson.
Blackman said: “I am honoured to have been chosen as the eighth Children’s Laureate. A love of...
Mon, 17/09/2012 - 08:05
Former children's laureate Quentin Blake will have a new book of memoirs out this autumn from Tate Publishing, to coincide with the illustrator's 80th birthday.
Beyond the Page (15th November, £19.99) will focus on the years directly following Blake's stint as the first children's laureate, from 1999 to...
Mon, 10/09/2012 - 08:18
Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson has warned that the UK is heading for a "less literate society", in an open letter urging the newly appointed culture secretary, Maria Miller, to show "leadership" and protect libraries on behalf of young readers.
Published in the...
Fri, 10/06/2011 - 11:12
Julia Donaldson, who was announced as the new children's laureate at a ceremony earlier this week, relishes the opportunities that the role will give her to support issues that are close to her heart.
In particular, she says she will use her term as laureate to highlight children's singing, drama and performance, and to fight...
Fri, 10/06/2011 - 11:03
Since the idea of the children's laureate was first mooted by the then poet laureate Ted Hughes and author Michael Morpurgo in the late Nineties—the first appointment to the two-year post, Quentin Blake, was announced in 1999—the role has had two strands. It is an honour—the post salutes an eminent writer or illustrator...
Tue, 07/06/2011 - 15:17
New Waterstone's children's laureate Julia Donaldson has vowed to make libraries one of the areas she concentrates on during her two years in the role.
"I care very much about libraries and I'm looking for more opportunities to speak out against the cuts and closures I see as so damaging to our children's future...
Tue, 07/06/2011 - 11:52
Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson has been named as the new Waterstone's children's laureate.
The announcement was made at a ceremony today (7th June) at King's Place in central London. Donaldson was presented with the children’s laureate medal and a £15,000 bursary cheque by Floella Benjamin, chair of...
Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:59
The outgoing Children's Laureate Anthony Browne has warned society "will pay the price in the long term" for closing school and public libraries.
In a letter to his successor, Browne urged them to campaign against their closure. Browne said: "Do everything you can to support libraries – God knows, they need...
Thu, 21/04/2011 - 08:20
The new children's laureate, to be announced in June, will be branded the Waterstone's children's laureate for the first time. The chain has been the major sponsor of the laureateship since 2006, and is understood to have pushed hard for the name change when negotiating its continued support for the 2011-2013 role.
Tue, 25/08/2009 - 07:24
Former Children's Laureate Anne Fine has warned that "realism has gone too far" in contemporary children's literature. The Times reports that Fine has claimed modern day children's books are bleak, with little to inspire young readers.
She said: "In the Fifties, when a strong child was dealing with...