Julia Donaldson: the new Children’s Laureate

It’s quite exciting to find someone such as Julia Donaldson being picked as the new Children’s Laureate. Obviously she’s massive in the book publishing world, and her name alone will get column inches, but more importantly for me is that she makes a big deal of events.

Events form such an important part of being a children’s author. Not only do they help us authors pay for the weekly shop, but they really are the key to getting children excited about books. Give a child a book, and they may read it. Give a child a book of an author they’ve just met at a great event, and they’ll love it and probably read it three times. It’s a surefire way to unlock the reader in a child.

So it’s exciting news! Yes.

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