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Julia Donaldson becomes children's laureate

8th June 2011

Julia Donaldson has been made the new children's laureate, taking over from Anthony Browne, who has held the position since 2009.

The Gruffalo author will receive a bursary of GBP 15,000 while in the role, which was created in 1999 to recognise an eminent children's author or illustrator in the UK.

Donaldson, who has written over 120 books, said she hopes to 'find every opportunity' to be a spokesperson and advocate for children's books and literature in general.

'With my background in plays and song-writing, I am particularly keen to develop projects which link books with drama and music, and to explore the ways performance can help children enjoy reading and grow in confidence,' she added.

The author also expressed her intention to promote signing stories for deaf children, as well as becoming heavily involved in the children's laureate libraries campaign to prevent closures.

Last year, The Gruffalo was voted the UK's favourite children's book in a poll of primary schoolchildren, ahead of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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