Every two years I eagerly wait to find out who will become the next Children’s Laureate. This prestigious title ‘is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field.’ The idea for the Children’s Laureate came from a meeting between poet, Ted Hughes, and giant of children’s literature, Michael Morpurgo, and was first awarded to Quentin Blake in 1999.
This year’s recipient is Anthony Browne, who hugely deserves the award for his contribution to children’s literature over the years. For those of you who don’t know Anthony Browne, he is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of such picture books as Willy the Wimp, Piggybook, Silly Billy, and most recently (and one of my favourites) Little Beauty. The detail of his illustrations is amazing and I always seem to find something different in them every time I pick up one of his books. If you haven’t already, I suggest you pick up one of his books and delve into his world of wimpy chimps, soft-hearted gorillas, and lazy pigs.
You could also check out some other fantastic books by past Children’s Laureates: