Join Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell for a glimpse behind the scenes of the League of Laureates, and a journey into some of their most loved stories and characters.
Jacqueline Wilson is the creator of the world-famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. This was also the first of Wilson’s books to be illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Wilson has been awarded an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson. She served as Children’s Laureate from 2005 - 2007.
Since Tracy Beaker’s first appearance, Wilson has been on countless award shortlists, and has gone on to win many of them including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the 1999 Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, Smarties Medal and the Children’s Book Award as well as being highly commended for the Carnegie Medal.
Malorie Blackman has written over 50 books and is acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Blackman was the Children’s Laureate from 2013 - 2015.
Chris Riddell, the 2015 – 2017 UK Children’s Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for The Observer. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children’s Book Award 2013. His work for Macmillan also includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books and more.