Flights of Fancy: discover stories, pictures and inspiration from all ten Children's Laureates in the brand-new book

Published on: 11 February 2019

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, the incredible authors and illustrators who have held the title have made a magical anthology to help children’s imaginations soar.


Detail from the front cover of Flights of Fancy © 2019 Quentin Blake

This year, incredibly, marks 20 years of having a Waterstones Children's Laureate in the UK.

For two decades, top author-illustrators have been inspiring children and firing imaginations: from the first Waterstones Children's Laureate, the adored Quentin Blake, to our current Laureate, Charlie & Lola creator Lauren Child.

Find out more about the 20th anniversary

Now, for the very first time, all ten Children's Laureates have come together in one exciting book: Flights of Fancy (Walker Books). Quentin Blake has designed the cover; Michael Morpurgo has provided the foreword; every single Laureate has their own section for readers to explore. It's jam-packed with lots of fun and creative ideas for children. 

In lovely "gifty" hardback, Flights of Fancy is a beautiful keepsake from the biggest names in children's publishing – and for every copy sold, £1 will be donated to BookTrust.

Have a peek inside the book

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Front cover of Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): © 2019 Quentin Blake
Malorie Blackman ideas for 'Taking a Word for a Walk' from Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): Introduction and "The Hunter and the Lion" © 2018 Malorie Blackman and photograph © Paul Akinrinlola
From Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): "The Shape Game" © Anthony Browne
20 ideas for creative projects from Flights of Fancy: © 2019 Walker Books Ltd
Stamp illustrations of the ten Waterstones Children's Laureates from Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): © Chris Riddell
Stamp illustrations of the ten Waterstones Children's Laureates from Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): © Chris Riddell
Illustrations of the ten Waterstones Children's Laureates from Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): © Chris Riddell
Front cover of Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): © 2019 Quentin Blake

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Malorie Blackman ideas for 'Taking a Word for a Walk' from Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): Introduction and "The Hunter and the Lion" © 2018 Malorie Blackman and photograph © Paul Akinrinlola

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From Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): "The Shape Game" © Anthony Browne

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20 ideas for creative projects from Flights of Fancy: © 2019 Walker Books Ltd

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Stamp illustrations of the ten Waterstones Children's Laureates from Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): © Chris Riddell

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Stamp illustrations of the ten Waterstones Children's Laureates from Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): © Chris Riddell

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Illustrations of the ten Waterstones Children's Laureates from Flights of Fancy (Walker Books): © Chris Riddell

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