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Lauren Child - Author

About the Author

A World Book Day Author 2019

The Children's Laureate 

Lauren Child burst on to the children’s books scene in 1999 and has since published many bestselling and awardwinning books, including those featuring the hugely popular Charlie and Lola, and the Clarice Bean series. She has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Gold Award. Her books have been made into an award-winning TV series and have sold in many languages with runaway success. 

In December 2008 she was named as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, and was awarded an MBE in 2009.

Lauren Child is the 10th Waterstones Children's Laureate. Of the role she said, “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. In an increasingly fast paced world, children need the freedom to dream and imagine; to enjoy reading, drawing and telling their own stories without value judgement or restraint”.

The role of Children's Laureate is awarded every two years to an author or illustrator of children’s books to “celebrate outstanding achievement in their field and recognise the important contribution children’s literature makes to cultural life”. Child’s tenure will run until June 2019, which will mark 20 years since the post was inaurgurated by Quentin Blake and since Child published her first book.

Child revealed that  that Blake was a huge inspiration to her. “When I was little, it never occurred to me to think of authors and illustrators as actual human beings," she said. "Then I saw Quentin on television live drawing on “Jackanory”, so he became a real-life illustrator to me and that made it something it was possible to become.”

Other previous post-holders include  Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen and Malorie Blackman.

Books by Lauren Child

A Dog With Nice Ears

A Dog With Nice Ears

Early Years Key Stage 1

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2017

Taking on a familiar storyline about pets with characteristic wit and thoughfulness this latest Charlie and Lola escapade is another triumph.

Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2015

I have this little sister Lola. She is small and very funny. Sometimes for a treat, Mum says, We are going to the shops and you may choose one thing. One thing to share? says Lola. I say, One thing for you and one thing for me, which means two actual things. Lola take on numbers in everyday life and bend them to her endearing and unique will.

I am Too Absolutely Small for School

I am Too Absolutely Small for School

Early Years

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Charlie's little sister Lola is nearly big enough to go to school...but Lola is not so sure. She thinks it probably would be useful to read and write and count, but she doesn't really have time for lessons - she's much too busy doing extremely important things at home. And anyway, Lola's invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, is slightly nervous about going to school.

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