Lauren Child

Born in 1967, Lauren Child grew up in Wiltshire, the daughter of two teachers. She studied at Manchester Polytechnic and City and Guilds of London Art School. However, Lauren left after one year, as she did not feel that she was getting what she wanted out of it. Luckily for her, that proved to be a good move and after travelling for six months she started her own business, Chandeliers for the People, making exotic lampshades. Her first picture book came in 1999 with the internationally successful, “Clarice Bean” which went on to start a series. Lauren feels that writing and illustrating picture books combines her fascination with childhood and her talent for designing and creating. Lauren’s style is immediately recognisable, as she uses bold black lines and flat colours with lots of surface pattern. She won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2002 for “I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato”. Some of Lauren’s other books include, “I Want a Pet” and “Dan’s Angel”.