New Panel To Select Next Laureate

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Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, is to chair a new selection panel for the appointment of the Children�s Laureate. The new panel of experts, representing different fields in the wide world of children�s literature was announced by Alison Morrison, Deputy Chair of the Booktrust Board, at the launch of National Children�s Book Week, at London�s Unicorn Theatre, on Monday 2nd October. The panel includes:

� Marion Brocklehurst � independent bookseller, Norfolk Children�s Book Centre
� Lindsey Fraser � literary agent, critic and member of the Children�s Laureate Steering Committee
� John O�Farrell � author and journalist
� Phyllis Ramage � children�s librarian, London Borough of Harrow
� Dr David Rudd � University of Bolton, academic specialising in children�s literature
� Representative from the sponsors, Waterstone�s

The panel will meet in March 2007 to select the fifth Children�s Laureate, who will replace Jacqueline Wilson when she completes her two-year term of office in June 2007. Previous Children�s Laureates include Quentin Blake, Anne Fine and Michael Morpurgo. The judges will consider nominations for the Children's Laureate 2007-2009 from a range of organisations representing librarians, critics, writers and booksellers, including the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). They will also consider authors and illustrators nominated by children. The Children�s Laureateship is administered by Booktrust and sponsored by Waterstone�s.

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Thanks Michael, for this information. It's great to see such a diverse group of people on this board (diverse in many ways). Shami Chakrabarti gave a very interesting talk at the recent Diversity Matters conference about children's books and human rights, freedoms, and laws. She suggested that Harry Potter IV was a damning indictment on the war against terror (There are notes on the talk on my website: http://www.lauraatkins.com/diversitymatters.html

I'll be very interested to hear who they select! Perhaps you should ask people on your blog to give their suggestions - it could be interesting to see who people selected (the popular vote, so to speak).

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