Award-winning author of the best-selling Charlie and Lola books Lauren Child has been named as the new children’s laureate. Lauren Child wants children to have the “freedom to dream” without being judged.
Child will be the tenth Waterstones Children’s Laureate succeeded by the illustrator Chris Riddell. During her two year term she wants to build links between the worlds of literature and other arts. She wants to use the position to inspire children to be creative, saying that she hopes to spark “random acts of imagination” among pupils.
“In an increasingly fast-paced world, children need the freedom to dream and imagine; to enjoy reading, drawing and telling their own stories without value judgement or restraint,” she said.
“My books have taken inspiration from many different art forms – from the illustrations of E.H. Shepard through Scandinavian design, dolls’ houses and miniatures as well as the films of Woody Allen and Alfred Hitchcock” she added.