Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Anthony Browne - Children's Laureate 2009-2011

"Completely chuffed" was Anthony Browne’s first reaction on being offered the position of Children’s Laureate for 2009-2011. The questions of whether his head had grown too large for the medal or if size seven feet were going to be big enough to fill the gap left by Michael Rosen and his converse trainers typify the modest and self-effacing nature of Anthony Browne.

Having begun the morning by forgetting his speech Anthony did not have the best start to the day however he was entertaining and insightful. The pleasure he clearly feels at being appointed laureate was clear. The assembled press, librarians, booksellers among others were thrilled with the news and toasted Anthony’s success as well as the continuing importance and relevance of the role.

Over the last ten years we have had writers, an illustrator and a poet, the circle now returns to the illustrator and one who is determined to ensure that picture books and the ‘shape game’ become an integral part of the psyche of the nation. I for one will be supporting Anthony’s efforts 110%. I hope that everyone with any interest in children’s reading, development and future will do the same.

Congratulations to Anthony, thank you to all the sponsors of the Children’s Laureate for a wonderful celebration and let us hope that this ever-important role continues for a very long time.

Thanks to Mary Hoffman for donating the pictures after my camera died on me!

1 comment:

  1. Very well done to Anthony.
    I saw his interview on BBC news, and it brought back many happy childhood memories of playing the shape game with my dad.