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Julia Donaldson named new children's laureate

June 8, 2011 - London

Gruffalo author, Julia Donaldson has been appointed the new children's laureate after taking over the post from Anthony Browne.

"I hope to find every opportunity to be a spokesperson and advocate for children's books and reading," the BBC quoted Donaldson as saying.

Donaldson had begun her career writing songs for TV, but in 1993 one of her songs, 'A Squash and a Squeeze', was made into a book, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

"With my background in plays and song-writing, I am particularly keen to develop projects which link books with drama and music, and to explore the ways performance can help children enjoy reading and grow in confidence," she said.

She also wants to promote signing stories for deaf children and get involved in the children's laureate libraries campaign.

The author has written more than 120 books for children and teenagers and her book 'The Gruffalo' came out top in a survey of children's favourite books in 2010, and in the same year she was the most borrowed children's author from British libraries.

The role, children's laureate has a bursary of 15,000 pounds, and is awarded every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books.


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