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Anne Fine

Anne Fine

Children's Laureate 2001-3

Born in the Midlands, Anne Fine studied politics and history at University before publishing her first children's book, The Summer House Loon, in 1978.

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. 


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Anne's time as Children's Laureate

As Children's Laureate, Anne toured and campaigned to promote the importance of children's reading, and to raise the profile of libraries.

She compiled three poetry anthologies (A Shame to Miss, volumes 1, 2 and 3) and launched the My Home Library scheme, encouraging children to build their own libraries at home and for which more than 100 artists and cartoonists provided over 150 original bookplate designs. An estimated 1.8 million downloads of the bookplates have taken place since the project's launch in 2002.

Anne's books

  • Charm School

    Charm School

    Horrified when her mother enrols her at Charm School, Bonny is saddened to discover that although outwardly, everyone is charming and ladylike, closer inspection reveals a group of spiteful, insecure girls.

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  • Flour Babies

    Flour Babies

    As part of a Child Development project, each boy in Class 4C is given a 'flour baby', a sack of flour which must be looked after for three weeks, ensuring it does not get lost or dirty.

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  • Goggle-Eyes


    Kitty is not only a great storyteller, she is also the world's leading expert in mothers with unwanted boyfriends.

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