The Book That Made Me: Chris Riddell 18/11/2020
Chris Riddell found reading difficult at school, preferring instead to draw his favouri...
#PassThePen booklist: Christmas gift ideas from brilliant BookTrust Represents authors and illustrators 12/11/2020
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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!
Read the latest articles by and about the Laureates
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- And that's a wrap for #PassthePen, but we hope you'll keep an eye on what ALL the authors and illustrators are up to. HUGE thanks to @CressidaCowell for amplifying the importance of representation in children's books! Here's a handy booklist 👇📚 https://t.co/LItpAjbOCq https://t.co/nwodVDDQCR 8 days ago
- We're very sad to say that today is the LAST day of #PassthePen but there are still 3 more incredible emerging authors and illustrators taking over the Instagram accounts of @holly_bourneYA, @jenvcampbell and @OnjaliRauf, so definitely worth taking a look 👀🤩📚 https://t.co/1lx0PeAGOm 8 days ago
- What has @gregjames let himself in for, passing the pen to @sharnajackson for the day 😂😂😂 All in the name of showcasing fabulous talent as part of the amazing #PassthePen initiative🥳 https://t.co/7cHPyxHWf0 9 days ago
Waterstones Children's Laureate: Cressida Cowell
Author-illustrator Cressida Cowell is the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2019-22.
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. Find out what Cressida's been up to.