Children's Laureate is a position 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."[clarification needed] The post stemmed from a discussion between the (now dead) 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. They also consider writers and illustrators nominated directly by children, who now vote online.
The award is funded by several publishing industry and charity sector sponsors, including the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. As of 2013 its main sponsor is Waterstones, the UK's largest bookseller; it was sponsored by Ottakar's before the two companies merged. A bursary of £15,000 is offered for the two-year term.
The Children's Laureate receives a silver medal at the announcement ceremony, most recently 4 June 2013 for Malorie Blackman. The Laureate makes frequent public appearances in person and in the media. Two weeks later, for example, Blackman and Melvin Burgess appeared at a London "event exploring the 'adult' in young adult fiction".
|1999–2001||Quentin Blake||Laureate's Progress (Random House, 2000) is "a kind of diary in pictures". Blake created a few other books as Laureate and initiated the House of Illustration arts charity, established 2002.|
|2005–2007||Jacqueline Wilson||Judges chaired by Shami Chakrabarti, director of pressure group Liberty|
|2009–2011||Anthony Browne||Judges chaired by Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009|
Comparable offices elsewhere
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 was Jon Scieszka.
- Blue Peter Book Awards
- Carnegie Medal
- Guardian Award
- Kate Greenaway Medal
- Nestlé Smarties Book Prize
- Children's Laureate, About the Children's Laureate.
- Children's Laureate, News, blog and press.
- Children's Laureate, "Quentin Blake".
- "About Us". House of Illustration (houseofillustration.org.uk). Retrieved 2013-09-29.
- The Children's Book Council - National Ambassador for Young People's Literature (US)[dead link]
- "About the Project". Laureate na nÓg (childrenslaureate.ie). Arts Council of Ireland. Retrieved 2013-09-29.