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Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson

Children's laureate from 2011 to 2013

Julia Donaldson was born in 1948. She grew up in London and studied Drama and French at Bristol University. She worked for a few years in publishing and as a teacher, while also writing and performing songs and street theatre with her husband Malcolm, and writing and directing two musicals for children.

Anthony Browne

Children's laureate from 2009 to 2011

Anthony Browne is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books, with over 40 titles to his name, including Gorilla and Zoo. In 2000 he became the first British illustrator to receive the highest international honour for illustration, the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

Children's laureate from 2007 to 2009

Michael Rosen was born in 1946 in north London. One of the best-known figures in the children's book world, he is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers’ works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books.

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson

Children's laureate from 2005 to 2007

Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945. She started her career as a teenage journalist with D.C. Thomson, writing for the magazine Jackie, which was named after her. She has since written many popular books for children which have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold over ten million copies.

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

Children's laureate from 2003 to 2005

The award-winning children's writer Michael Morpurgo was born in 1943. He worked as a teacher for ten years before leaving to set up a charity, Farms for City Children, with his wife Clare. He is the author of many much-loved books for children, such as Kensuke's Kingdom, War Horse and Private Peaceful.

Anne Fine

Anne Fine

Children's laureate from 2001 to 2003

Anne Fine studied politics and history. She has been writing for both adults and children since 1978, winning numerous prizes  including the Guardian Award and both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread (now Costa) Award twice over. Her work is translated into over forty languages. 

Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake

Children's laureate from 1999 to 2001

Quentin Blake was born in 1932 and read English at Cambridge before attending Chelsea Art College. His first drawings were published in Punch when he was 16. His distinctive illustrations have since appeared in more than 250 books by 80 different writers including, of course, Roald Dahl.