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First created in 1999, the position of Children’s Laureate is awarded every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books and designed to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field while thrusting them into the limelight to champion young reading.

The current Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, along with two former Laureates Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen discuss the role, from the joys of inspiring children to read to dealing with politicians. They explain how they put their own stamp on the job and its on-going legacy.


Michael Rosen recommends:?
Classic: Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kaster
Modern: Dark Lord by Jamie Thomson

Jacqueline Wilson recommends:?
Classic: What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
Modern: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Malorie Blackman recommends:?
Classic: The Silver Chair by C S Lewis
Modern: Wonder by R J Palacio

Michael Rosen books:?
Choosing Crumble – Anderson Press
Fluff the Farting Fish – Anderson Press
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Walker Books
You Can’t Catch Me – Walker Books

Jacqueline Wilson books:?
Diamond – Doubleday
Illustrated Mum – Yearling
Tracy Beaker Series – Yearling
Hetty Feather Series – Yearling

Malorie Blackman books:?
Noble Conflict – Doubleday
Boy’s Don’t Cry – Corgi
Pig Heart Boy – Corgi
Noughts and Crosses Series – Corgi