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Who's next?

Who's next?
Julia Donaldson with Anthony Browne and Floella Benjamin at the 2011 Announcement
15 February 2013

Tell us who you think should follow in Julia Donaldson's footsteps as the Children's Laureate 2013-15


Julia Donaldson's time as Laureate will come to an end in June 2013 - but who will follow her as the next Children's Laureate? We're now inviting readers to suggest who they think ought to step into her shoes to become the Children's Laureate 2013-15.


Adults and young people aged 14+ can fill in the form here to let us know who they would like to see as the next Children's Laureate.


For children under 14, we have a very special competition. Tell us who you think should be the next Children's Laureate (and why) using the form here and you could win a chance to join us for the announcement of the next Laureate.


We’ll choose four of the best entries we receive from children under 14 as winners. The winning children will be invited to join us for the Children’s Laureate announcement event in central London, along with a parent or carer, on 4 June 2013. Read about 2011 competition winner Tilly Nevin's experience of attending the announcement

A summary of all the suggestions we receive, from both adults and children, will be sent to the Children’s Laureate 2013-15 selection panel - and you'll find out who the new Children's Laureate will be in June this year.


Posted 15 February 2013 by Katherine Woodfine



Eileen Idrissi-Sbai should be the next children's laureate; she has had children's poems published in book anthologies, and in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle such as - A Scene in Spring, The Beach in Wartime, School in Wartime, A Cat and Dog at Christmas, Charity Fun Run. She also had a short story published called 'A 1970's Neighbourhood'. She organised an online art competition for children and adults 'The Art of Health 2012' in which good causes benefitted. She also runs a poetry page 'Healthy Poetry - Community Poetry' which promotes various charities including children's charities. She is better known for writing fact based poems and stories, which would make a change as the children's laureates have always been writers of fiction. It would certainly make a change for someone who has written fact-based poetry and stories for newspapers and online to be the children's laureate. The Government plan to change the curriculum so primary school children are taught internet safety instead of having to wait until they go to secondary school, then perhaps they will be introduced to more children's literature online at an earlier age as well as reading books. Writers like Eileen are leading the way.

Maria Miller
24 March 2013

We want to put our suggestions forward but the link isn't working. is it too late now??

The Dean family
20 March 2013

Hi everyone, many thanks for your comments. If you would like to suggest who should be the next Children's Laureate don't forget to follow the relevant link above and fill out the form to ensure your suggestions will be included.

15 March 2013

I think Lauren Child, Malorie Blackman or Neil Sharratt should be the next Laureate or Giles Andreae or one of the's a hard choice!

Lucy Chambers
7 March 2013

• He’s written around 57 books
• He created the television series Foyle's War, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders, Crime Traveller and Menace, and has written episodes for many more, including Agatha Christie's Poirot, Murder Most Horrid and Robin of Sherwood.
• He has won 1 award
• He is famous for writing dramas and children’s books
• He is a great writer with a imagination for murder, mystery and spy/assassin books and dramas

And that is why I nominate Anthony Horowitz to be the children’s laureate

Tom Freeman
7 March 2013

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