Huge congratulations to the fantastic Malorie Blackman who has just been appointed as the eighth Waterstones Children’s Laureate. As you might know, I’m lucky enough to project manage the Children’s Laureate, so the last few weeks have been very busy ones for me, and I’m especially relieved I don’t have to keep the new Laureate’s identity a secret any longer!
Here’s a few of my favourite Laureate-related things from the last few days:
It was a delight to work with the brilliant Curved House on this fun animated film which we showed at the announcement event. Hopefully it captures how excited we all were about Malorie’s appointment!
The fab Sarah McIntyre drew this picture of our new sci-fi and comics-loving Laureate in action which you can also download as a poster over on her website !
Some children from the Guardian Children’s Books website interviewed Malorie on the day of the announcement
The Telegraph’s Martin Chilton wrote a great article about why Malorie makes the perfect Laureate and I also loved this piece for the Guardian’s Comment is Free by Bim Adewunmi . Also check out young book blogger Little M’s blog about her experience of attending the event – and there’s more over at the blog she shares with mum M, We Sat Down.
It was also fascinating getting an insight into the making of the Laureate medal from jeweller Charmian Harris, who has been making them ever since the appointment of the first Children’s Laureate, Quentin Blake. (I had no idea that the original design was inspired by a label founder Ted Hughes designed for his bottles of Poet Laureate sherry!) Take a look behind the scenes in Charmian’s studio
Find out more about the new Waterstones Children’s Laureate at childrenslaureate.org.uk