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  • Anthony Browne

    “When I see my childhood drawings, I realize that they are not very different from the illustrations I do now,” says Anthony Browne.

Anthony Browne is the New Children's Laureate!

Anthony Browne, internationally acclaimed, award-winning author and illustrator was announced as the Children’s Laureate for 2009-11 at a ceremony at Centre Point on 9 June.

Accepting his medal from Andrew Motion, chair of the selection panel, Anthony said:

'It's an honour to be the Children's Laureate for 2009-11. I'm well aware of the amazing things achieved by the five previous Laureates, and I'm in awe of their commitment and hard work.

'Picture books are special – they're not like anything else. Sometimes I hear parents encouraging their children to read what they call proper books (books without pictures), at an earlier and earlier age. This makes me sad, as picture books are perfect for sharing, and not just with the youngest children. As a father, I understand the importance of the bond that develops through reading picture books with your child.

'We have in Britain some of the best picture book makers in the world, and I want to see their books appreciated for what they are – works of art.'

Well Done Anthony! You have done Walker Books very proud indeed!

Last updated on 10/06/09 at 00:54:35
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