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Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola.
Her first two books were published in 1999 – I Want a Pet and Clarice Bean, That’s Me – and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2000 for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the first of her Charlie and Lola picture books. In October 2005, the BBC launched a 78-part animated series of Charlie and Lola, which went on to win four BAFTAS and is currently aired in more than 34 countries.
Lauren is an international ambassador for the excellence of UK illustration; she’s been at the forefront of innovation for 15 years and has raised the profile of illustration as a sophisticated art form for all ages.
In 2010 Lauren was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature; in June 2017 she was appointed as the new UK Children’s Laureate.