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And some great press coverage

Anthony Browne

So now that we know who the next children’s laureate is, some brilliant press coverage is following the announcement. This article in the Guardian is probably my favourite of the pieces so far with some lovely quotes from the event and also from Andrew Motion.

Anthony’s main focus during his Laureateship is going to be on picture books with an emphasis on them being appreciated not just when you are a young child, but all through your childhood and into adulthood. Here’s a quote from the Guardian article:

Browne said that he would use his two-year stint as laureate to focus on the appreciation of picture books, and the reading of both pictures and words. “Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. The best ones leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader’s imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading a book,” he said. “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.”

There is also this from the BBC website. And here on Book Brunch, and here from The Bookseller and of course here on the Children’s Laureate website (not looking the same as it was this morning!). On the Children’s Laureate site there is some video of Anthony, as well as an audio interview and a lot more information. Oh, and my blog post for Booktime is up and later this week I’ll be writing something special for the Bookstart parent’s blog also.

I am really thrilled. I blogged a while ago thinking about who the next Laureate might be and as a passionate fan on Anthony Browne’s work, this is hopefully going to be a brilliant couple of years for children’s picture books. Congratulations Anthony!

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