Lauren Child is an award-winning artist and writer. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Charlie and Lola, Hubert Horatio and Ruby Redfort.
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, and published her first Clarice Bean novel in 2002; Utterly Me, Clarice Bean. Her books have sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
She was selected by Quentin Blake, the first Children's Laureate in 1999 to represent the UK in the British Library Magic Pencil exhibition. In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature, and was announced as the 10th Waterstones' Children's Laureate in 2017.
Lauren is an international ambassador for the excellence of UK illustration: she has been at the forefront of innovation for 15 years and has raised the profile of illustration as a sophisticated art form for all ages. She works with mixed media, pioneered text as an integral part of illustration and collaborates with artists across different fields. She is a trustee of the House of Illustration.
See also Authors.