Waterstones Children's Laureate

Author-illustrator Lauren Child is the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2017-19. 

The role of Children's Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field.

Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of characters such as Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola.

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About the Waterstones Children's Laureate

Everything you need to know about the laureateship and the current author-illustrator in the role, Lauren Child.

More about Lauren Child

Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist whose books are known and loved the world over: creator of characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola.

Children's Laureate events

Would you like to see the Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child? If so, why not head along to one of the number of events Lauren will be at this autumn.

Former Laureates

Take a look at our League of Laureates: nine star authors and illustrators who have previously held the role.

Our supporters

Everyone who supports the Waterstones Children's Laureate and makes the role possible.

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Laureate news on Twitter

  • RT @rosegallery1: On the 12th day of Christmas, be inspired by the wonderful illustrations from @UKLaureate Lauren Child. Have it gift wrap… 16 hours ago
  • RT @Scholastic: Children's book author Julia Donaldson shares her experience as the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate in the UK on our podcast.… 2 day ago
  • RT @toppsta: "In this story Leo especially liked the peculiar features Lola wanted her dog to have, that had him laughing out loud" says ou… 3 days ago
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