Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola.
Child is an international ambassador for the excellence of UK illustration: she’s been at the forefront of innovation for 15 years and has raised the profile of illustration as a sophisticated art form for all ages. She’s worked with mixed media, pioneered text as an integral part of illustration and collaborated with artists across different fields.
Child is also a passionate advocate for visual literacy and the importance of quality picture books for children. She is a trustee of the recently-formed House of Illustration; she has been awarded an MBE for her work and was an Artist for Peace by UNESCO in 2008.
Her books are timeless classics – Charlie and Lola was listed in the top 10 Kate Greenaway Medal winners of all time; the themes running through her work have resonance across international borders and generations. She is a respected and influential voice to her millions of readers.