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Malorie Blackman

The new Children’s Laureate.

Malorie Blackman, the bestselling author of the highly acclaimed and award-winning Noughts & Crosses teen series, has today (Tuesday 4 June) been crowned the Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2013 – 2015. Blackman takes over from outgoing Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and was presented with her medal at a ceremony at King’s Place in central London.

‘I am honoured to have been chosen as the eighth Children’s Laureate. A love of books has opened so many doors for me. Stories have inspired me and taught me to aspire. I’ve been a professional author for over 20 years, so I feel now is the time to give something back. I hope to instil in every child I meet my love and enthusiasm for reading and stories. And as I would never have become an author if it hadn’t been for my local library as a child, I intend to continue Julia Donaldson’s amazing, indefatigable work advocating for our nation’s public library service.’