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This issue’s cover illustration is from Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for their help with this March cover and to Little Tiger Press for their support of the Authorgraph interview with David Roberts.
Jacqueline Wilson’s very successful term as Children’s Laureate 2005-2007 comes to an end in June 2007, and children and adults are invited to let the judging panel know who they think the next Children’s Laureate should be. Children submitting the 3 best entries will be invited to attend the announcement event in June 2007 and 10 others will win book prizes.
Click on www.childrenslaureate.org to nominate the writer you think deserves to be the next Children’s Laureate.
Who can I choose?
Who can I choose?
a writer, poet or an illustrator who is still alive!
who has written or illustrated many books and has been published for at least eight years.
who lives and works in the UK.
Nominations are open until 31 December 2006.
You can only make one nomination. If you make more than one your nomination will be discounted.
The next step:
Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, is to chair the new selection panel for the appointment of the Children’s Laureate. The new panel of experts, representing different fields in the wide world of children’s literature, includes:
- Marion Brocklehurst – independent bookseller, Norfolk Children’s Book Centre
- Lindsey Fraser – literary agent, critic and member of the Children’s Laureate Steering Committee
- John O’Farrell – author and journalist
- Phyllis Ramage – children’s librarian, London Borough of Harrow
- Dr David Rudd – University of Bolton, academic specialising in children’s literature Representative from the sponsors, Waterstone’s
The panel will meet in March 2007 to select the fifth Children’s Laureate, who will replace Jacqueline Wilson when she completes her two-year term of office in June 2007. Previous Children’s Laureates include Quentin Blake, Anne Fine and Michael Morpurgo. The judges will consider nominations for the Children's Laureate 2007-2009 from a range of organisations representing librarians, critics, writers and booksellers, including the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). They will also consider authors and illustrators nominated by children. The Children’s Laureateship is administered by Booktrust and sponsored by Waterstone’s.
For further information visit the Booktrust website: www.booktrusted.com
Enquiries to Nicky Potter