Children's laureate

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‘I’ve been banned since the beginning’: Jason Reynolds talks to Joseph Coelho
The UK children’s laureate and America’s ambassador for young people’s literature discuss finding a voice and how to get kids reading

Lucy Knight

17, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Just Sayin’ by Malorie Blackman review – against the odds
The former children’s laureate shares her sometimes enraging story of rejection, determination and resilience

Patrice Lawrence

19, Oct, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Joseph Coelho chosen as Britain’s new children’s laureate
The poet and children’s author, who takes over from Cressida Cowell, was praised as an ‘extraordinary advocate for making poetry accessible to all’

Sarah Shaffi

04, Jul, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Cressida Cowell renews call for £100m investment in primary school libraries
The outgoing children’s laureate has transformed six primary schools through her Life-changing Libraries initiative, but says a ringfenced fund is needed for lasting impact

Sarah Shaffi

08, Jun, 2022 @5:01 AM

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Children’s laureates campaign for £100m a year to fix primary school libraries
Current laureate Cressida Cowell leads demands to ringfence funds to renew ‘deteriorating’ facilities that fail to appeal to students

Sian Cain

12, Apr, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Noughts + Crosses review
Adapted from Malorie Blackman’s hit series of novels, this smart drama highlights structural racism by flipping a familiar tale of star-crossed lovers on its head

Ellen E Jones

05, Mar, 2020 @10:00 PM

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Michael Rosen: ‘Stories hung in the air about great-aunts and uncles who’d gone’
Searching for the missing pieces in his family brought poet and author Michael Rosen closer to the horror of war

Donna Ferguson

28, Dec, 2019 @3:00 PM

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'Real ones know!' Stormzy namechecks Malorie Blackman and Jacqueline Wilson
The rapper’s song Superheroes tips hat to the Noughts and Crosses author and quotes from the theme tune to Tracy Beaker

Alison Flood

16, Dec, 2019 @11:57 AM

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Stormzy's #Merky Books to publish Malorie Blackman's memoir
The Noughts and Crosses author’s life story has been signed to the grime star’s imprint and is scheduled for 2022

Alison Flood

16, Oct, 2019 @11:23 AM

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Cressida Cowell: ‘Books are better than films at teaching children creativity and intelligence'
The new children’s laureate and How to Train Your Dragon author talks about how to get kids reading and why we need the space to make mistakes

Alison Flood

12, Jul, 2019 @6:59 AM

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How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell named new children's laureate
The author and illustrator comes to role with ‘giant to-do list’, which includes making school libraries a legal requirement, and more time for creativity

Alison Flood

09, Jul, 2019 @11:00 AM

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Toffee by Sarah Crossan review – a profoundly moving YA novel in verse
Trauma, grief and belonging are all addressed in this poignant verse novel from the Irish children’s laureate

Imogen Russell Williams

09, May, 2019 @8:59 AM

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