- Children's Laureate
Children's Laureate is a position awarded in the UK once every two years to a distinguished writer or illustrator of children's books. A biannual bursary of £10,000 is offered. "The idea for the Children's Laureate originated from a conversation between (the then) Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and children's writer Michael Morpurgo."
A panel of judges considers nominations from a range of organisations representing librarians, critics, writers and booksellers, including the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). They also consider authors and illustrators nominated directly by children.
The award is funded by the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Council) and a range of other publishing industry and charity sector sponsors. Its main sponsor is Waterstone's, the UK's largest bookseller. The award was previously sponsored by Ottakar's before the companies merged.
On 7 June 2011, Julia Donaldson was named as the Children's Laureate for 2011 to 2013.
Years Author 1999–2001 Quentin Blake 2001–2003 Anne Fine 2003–2005 Michael Morpurgo 2005–2007 Jacqueline Wilson 2007–2009 Michael Rosen 2009–2011 Anthony Browne 2011–2013 Julia Donaldson
In January 2008 the Library of Congress inaugurated its National Ambassador for Young People's Literature scheme, as the U.S. equivalent of the Children's Laureate. The inaugural Ambassador is Jon Scieszka.
Ireland has a Laureate na nÓg.
- Blue Peter Book Awards
- Carnegie Medal
- Guardian Award
- Kate Greenaway Medal
- Nestlé Smarties Book Prize
- ^ Children's Laureate website
- ^ SLA - Children's Laureate selection panel announced
- ^ The Guardian: "Gorilla artist Anthony Browne becomes children's laureate"
- ^ BBC News, Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson is children's laureate, BBC News, June 7, 2011
- ^ The Children's Book Council - National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
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