It was fantastic to wake up to the news that Chris Riddell has been named the UK Children’s Laureate for 2015-2017. Chris is the nineth laureate and follows in the footsteps of such giants of the children’s literature world as Malorie Blackman, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Brown and Anne Fine. Chris Riddell is a fantastic illustrator who has worked with Neil Gaiman, Russell Brand, Martin Jenkins, and most notably with Paul Stewart on their Edge Chronicles series. Has also written and illustrated his own books, including the Ottoline series, the Goth Girl series, and the picture books The Emperor of Absurdia and Wendel’s Workshop.
His plan for his two-year post as Children’s Laureate is to encourage people to draw every day, he’ll post a daily illustration on his online ‘laureate log,’ and he wants to “to celebrate librarians at the heart of our schools.”
If you don’t follow Chris Riddell online you really should. He posts some of his wonderful illustrations to his Facebook and Twiiter pages. Follow him
@chrisriddell50 or http://www.facebook.com/chris.riddell2.
Check out the Love Reading 4 Kids UK Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/lovereading4kids) as Chris has illustrated each of the previous Children’s Laureates . They are absolutely wonderful illustrations!
Here is my virtual book display of some great books by Chris Riddell.