The Children’s Laureate
Celebrating the richness of children’s literature in the UK. The Children’s Laureate is appointed every two years. Laureates appear at four official events per year on top of their ongoing commitments, and develop projects in which they have a particular interest.
Children, parents, carers, teachers – anyone with an interest in children’s books
- Recognise and reward excellence and commitment within the field of children’s literature
- Raise the profile of children’s books through a well-known figurehead who attracts publicity and attention
- An identifiable spokesperson for the importance of children’s books for the press and at top level strategic meetings etc
- Provide opportunities for children, families, stakeholders, funders and partners to meet the Laureate and encounter their work (e.g. via official events)
- Help the Laureate to develop their own special interest projects or campaigns around books and reading which have a lasting legacy beyond their term
- By having a Children’s Laureate as well as a Poet Laureate for adults we demonstrate that children’s books are as important as those for adults
Evidence for successes
Increased public and press profile for the post of Children’s Laureate since appointment of current Laureate, Michael Rosen; increased number of official events due to public interest and increased number of page impressions on website.
Who runs this project?
Sponsors include Waterstone’s and DCMS. Lead publisher supporters are Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Walker Books and Puffin.
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