Read letters from the Laureates
Quentin Blake, Waterstones Children's Laureate 1999-2001: 'I had the ambition to get illustration alongside works of fine art.'
Anne Fine, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2001-03: 'I would not have missed the opportunity the Laureateship offered me.'
Sir Michael Morpurgo, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2003-05: 'I tried to encourage [children] to read and write their own stories, to convince them that everyone has a story to tell.'
Jacqueline Wilson, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2005-07: 'I tried to go to some unusual venues to meet children who weren't necessarily keen readers.'
Michael Rosen, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2007-09: 'When I was Children's Laureate, my main focus was on fun and poetry.'
Anthony Browne, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2009-11: 'Wherever I went, I talked about being the Children's Laureate, and about the importance of creativity, visual literacy and picture books.'
Julia Donaldson, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2011-13: 'Performance, stories for deaf children, and libraries – these were all my "big things".'
Malorie Blackman, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2013-15: 'I was a spokesperson promoting reading for pleasure, especially for our teens.'
Chris Riddell, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2015-17: 'I visited as many libraries as I could and mentioned school libraries and librarians and the vital work they do whenever I was interviewed'.
Lauren Child, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2017-19: 'I believe that books, illustration and stories can profoundly change a child’s life.'
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, the incredible authors and illustrators who held the title have made a magical anthology to help children’s imaginations soar.
Would you like to see Cressida Cowell and former Waterstones Children's Laureates? Why not head along to one of a number of events this year!
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More from the Children's Laureate
- There's still time to grab a ticket for the @CressidaCowell, @Kiran_MH and @LizPichon event at #SCImagineFest on 17 February - hear how these authors come up with their magical ideas. They'll share their top tips on unleashing your creativity too! https://t.co/1ECD5UnzCj https://t.co/2OjUb9UYku 12 hours ago
- We all love a little bit of #WednesdayWisdom, and the current #ChildrensLaureate never disappoints 🙌 'Books are a kind of transformative magic that offer magical things that films aren’t as good at creating in children: empathy, creativity and intelligence.' https://t.co/icPXgvwFcY 16 hours ago
- @BooksRound is such a fabulous bookshop 📚😍 https://t.co/RJ54ZpJIKy 41 days ago
Waterstones Children's Laureate
Bestselling author-illustrator Cressida Cowell is the Children's Laureate for 2019-21: a role given every two years to celebrate outstanding achievement in children's literature.