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. The award is funded by several UK publishing houses and the main sponsor is Waterstones; 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. The current post is held by Cressida Cowell.
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