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Lauren Child

Lauren Child is considered one of the most talented and creative author/illustrators working today.

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. Lauren published her first Clarice Bean novel in 2002 – Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, and the Clarice Bean series has sold over 6 million copies worldwide.

In October 2005, the BBC launched a 78-part animated series of Charlie and Lola. The series has won four BAFTAS and is aired in more than 34 countries. In 2008 Lauren launched UNESCO's 'My Life is a Story' Campaign for UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need, and was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2008. In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature.

Her most recent work is the Ruby Redfort detective series for Harper Collins. Book four in the series is called Ruby Redfort: Feel the Fear published in September 2014. In Autumn 2014 Puffin Books will publish The New Small Person, Lauren's latest picture book.

Lauren Child

How did you become a childrens illustrator?

How did you career in writing and illustrating develop?


Do you prefer to illustrate your own work or other authors?

Do words or pictures come first when you are writing?


Do you see yourself as a writer first or illustrator?

Do you need to visualise your characters before you can write about them?


Do you have a favourite age to write for?

What are the challenges of writing shorter books?


Are you like your characters?

How did you adapt Charlie and Lola from picture books to TV?


What was your role during the adaptation of Charlie and Lola for TV?

What inspired the Ruby Redfort books?


Why do you feature coding in your books?

How did you adapt Clarice Bean series from a picture book into a novel?


Top tips for young writers

Top tips for young illustrators


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