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 Lauren Child and the former Waterstones Children's Laureates? If so, why not head along to one of a number of events this year.

Celebrating 20 years of the Waterstones Children's Laureate

Now it's 2019, we've reached a milestone: this year is the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children's Laureate. Don't miss out on all the celebrations...

Former Laureates

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

Our supporters

Find out about everyone who supports the Waterstones Children's Laureate and makes the role possible.

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