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Announcing the new Children's Laureate

Lauren Child becomes the tenth Waterstones Children’s Laureate



Lauren Child becomes the tenth Waterstones Children’s Laureate

Lauren Child, the bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator, has been crowned the tenth Waterstones Children's Laureate.

Lauren Child, artist and author-illustrator of the Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean picture books and Ruby Redfort novels, will be the Waterstones Children's Laureate 2017-19. The announcement came  in a ceremony in Hull, which is UK City of Culture 2017, where Child received a specially commissioned solid silver Waterstones Children's Laureate medal from outgoing  Laureate, Chris Riddell.


The role of the Waterstones Children's Laureate is awarded every two years to celebrate and recognise the important contribution children's literature makes to cultural life. Reflecting on her role over the next couple of years, Lauren Child said that 'children today need more freedom to dream and imagine'.



To coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Smithills School celebrated his life and works with a week of themed activities; these included a visiting author recounting tales of Shakespeare, a recital competition, a drop everything and read event and even art inspired by the man himself.  Pupils and staff also enjoyed an Elizabethan lunch, courtesy of the school canteen.


At the end of the week a warm welcome was extended to a number of esteemed guests including the mayor, councillor Mrs Swarbrick, to celebrate the opening of the new school library.  Guests were entertained by year 10 students who performed a modern day interpretation of twelfth Night, followed by a year 9 recital of key scenes from Shakespeare’s tragedies ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Macbeth’. The event culminated in a grand musical finale by Smithills School’s award winning brass band. 


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