Lauren Child

Current Waterstones Children's Laureate: 2017-19

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 including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola.

20th anniversary celebrations: read Lauren Child's letter

Lauren Child

'I want to inspire children to believe in their own creative potential'

Lauren Child has been at the forefront of innovation in children's books for over 15 years and has raised the profile of illustration as an artform for all ages. She's worked with mixed media, pioneered text as an integral part of illustration and collaborated with artists across different fields.

Lauren is also a passionate advocate for visual literacy and the importance of quality picture books for children. She is also passionate about encouraging creativity in children and adults. She is a trustee of House of Illustration, a gallery set up by former Laureate Sir Quentin Blake. She has been awarded an MBE for her work and was appointed as an Artist for Peace by Unesco in 2008.

Lauren's first two picture books I Want a Pet and Clarice Bean - That's Me were published in 1999 and were an instant hit. In 2000, Lauren won the Kate Greenaway medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato (her first Charlie and Lola book) and in 2002 That Pesky Rat won the Gold Smarties Award. Lauren also published her first novel in the same year: Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, which was a runaway success. A second novel, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble, was published in 2004 and her third Clarice Bean novel, Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now, was published in October 2006.

In October 2005, the BBC launched a 78-part animated series of Charlie and Lola. The series has won four BAFTAS and been aired in more than 34 countries.

In Autumn 2011, the first book in Lauren's Ruby Redfort series was published by Harper Collins - Ruby Redfort: Look into my Eyes, followed by Take Your Last Breath, published October 2012, and Catch Your Death in 2013. Ruby is a smart-talking, code-cracking, girl-spy genius, who together with her side-kick butler solves mysteries and helps rid the world of evil villains. The sixth and final adventure for Ruby was published in 2016 - Ruby Redfort: Blink and You Die.

In 2015 was the 15th anniversary of the first Charlie and Lola picture book and the tenth anniversary of the Charlie and Lola TV series. A new original Charlie and Lola picture book by Lauren Child was published in Autumn 2015 by Orchard Books called One Thing. The latest Charlie and Lola book will be published by Hachette in Autumn 2017 - Charlie and Lola: A Dog with Nice Ears.

20th anniversary celebrations: read Lauren Child's letter

Some books by Lauren Child

I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato

Author: Lauren Child

Charlie tricks his younger sister, Lola - an extremely fussy eater - into eating all her least favourite foods.

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Clarice Bean, That's Me

Author: Lauren Child

Clarice Bean gives us a snapshot of her life and family in the book that launched a bestselling series.

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Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes

Author: Lauren Child

Blessed with an extraordinary talent for spotting things which others seldom notice, 13-year-old Ruby lands an undercover job as a code-breaker for secret-spy organisation, Spectrum.

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The Princess and the Pea

Author: Lauren Child Illustrator: Lauren Child and Polly Borland

Lauren Child's highly imaginative retelling of this well-known fairy tale is sure to become a new classic in its own right.

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Who Wants To Be a Poodle I Don't

Author: Lauren Child

Trixie Twinkle Toes Trot-a-lot Delight is a pampered poodle, who lives in luxury with her owner, Mademoiselle Verity BruleĢe.

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The New Small Person

Author: Lauren Child

An endearingly funny story, featuring Lauren Child's heart-warming illustrations, about the arrival of a new sibling and the havoc that ensues.

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Charlie and Lola: Numbers

Author: Lauren Child

Join Charlie and Lola to count to 10 and beyond in this lovely first counting board book.

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Charlie and Lola: Opposites

Author: Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola demonstrate a variety of opposites in this charming board book for little ones.

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Charlie and Lola: Shapes

Author: Lauren Child

Ideal for young fans of Charlie and Lola, this series of shapes in different contexts is a fun place to start naming and recognising.

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Charlie and Lola: Things

Author: Lauren Child

Follow Lola as she discovers a variety of fascinating things in this charming board book for fans of Charlie and Lola.

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Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent

Author: Lauren Child

Hubert Horatio's family are fabulously rich and it seems like he has it all. But are they frittering away the family fortune? Children will love this story where kids like them clearly have the upper hand and will find much to giggle about.

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Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups

Author: Lauren Child

This is the fabulous story of the millionaire family The Bobton-Trents, and how their only child Hubert becomes a responsible and sensible child due to his woefully irresponsible and senseless parents! A great first chapter book that's a fun and witty read.

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