Children's Laureate

British literary honor and public service role managed by Book Trust

Children's Laureate is a position initially awarded in the United Kingdom once every two years to a "writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field." The post stemmed from a discussion between the (now deceased) Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and children's writer Michael Morpurgo.A panel of judges considers nominations from a range of organisations representing librarians and sellers, including the International Board on Books for Young People. They also consider writers and illustrators nominated directly by children, who now vote online.The award is funded by several publishing industry and charity sector sponsors, including the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. As of 2019 its main sponsor is Waterstones bookshop; it was sponsored by Ottakar's before the two companies merged. A bursary of £15,000 is offered for the two-year term, and the Laureate receives a silver medal at the announcement ceremony, most recently held on 9 July 2019 by Cressida Cowell.
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award received: Children's Laureate

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Author

Jacqueline Wilson cover

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Jacqueline Wilson

novelist

Works

59

Love Lessons

book by Jacqueline Wilson

author: Jacqueline Wilson

2005

Hetty Feather

book by Jacqueline Wilson

author: Jacqueline Wilson
illustrator: Nick Sharratt

2010

The Lottie Project

book by Jacqueline Wilson

author: Jacqueline Wilson
illustrator: Nick Sharratt

1997

Lola Rose

book by Jacqueline Wilson

author: Jacqueline Wilson
illustrator: Nick Sharratt

Bad Girls

children's novel by Jacqueline Wilson

author: Jacqueline Wilson
illustrator: Nick Sharratt

1996 or 2009

Author

Michael Morpurgo cover

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Michael Morpurgo

British children's writer

Works

35

Kensuke's Kingdom

Michael Morpurgo children's novel

author: Michael Morpurgo
illustrator: Michael Foreman

2019

Private Peaceful

book by Michael Morpurgo

author: Michael Morpurgo

2003 or 2009

King of the Cloud Forests

book by Michael Morpurgo

author: Michael Morpurgo

1987

The Butterfly Lion

book by Michael Morpurgo

author: Michael Morpurgo

1996

Le roi Arthur

author: Michae Morpurgo, Michael Morpurgo

Author

Anne Fine

British writer, best known for children's books although she also writes for adults

Author

Lauren Child cover

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Lauren Child

author and illustrator especially known for Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean, and My Uncle is a Hunkle

Author

Michael Rosen cover

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Michael Rosen

British children's writer

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