Children’s writer and illustrator Anthony Browne has been made the sixth Children’s Laureate, taking over the role from Michael Rosen. Browne is the second illustrator to take on the role since Quentin Blake, who held the title when it was first launched ten years ago.
Browne states that one of his main aims as Children’s Laureate will be:
to raise the profile of, and respect and enthusiasm for, picture books
Browne has written and illustrated almost forty titles and, of these, it is The Shape Game that will be central to his campaign promoting picture books: a story based on a childhood game involving drawing.