Literacy Library Presents...An Evening with Lauren Child and Simon Mason
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Literacy Library Presents... Supporting reading for pleasure in Key Stage 2, why everyone needs detectives in their book corners.
Join bestselling author and former children’s laureate Lauren Child and award-winning author Simon Mason, as they discuss the enduring appeal for all ages of super sleuth and teen detective characters.
CLPE’s Farrah Serroukh will start the evening with an overview of why text choice is so important when planning a literacy curriculum which develops learners’ confidence and enjoyment in reading. We will highlight all of the free resources available from CLPE that help you choose books to use in your classroom. The panel discussion will be chaired by CLPE's Library and Literature Development Manager, Ann Lazim. All participants will receive a free copy of the CLPE pamphlet ‘Choosing and Using Quality Texts’.
Lauren Child is author of the Ruby Redfort series which follows code cracking genius and daring detective Ruby. Simon Mason is the author Hey Sherlock! and Running Girl which focus on Garvie Smith, a school dropout but genius detective. You will also have to the opportunity to ask questions and meet both Lauren and Simon over refreshments as well as purchase books by both authors on the evening, from our friends at Letterbox Library.
Registration and arrival: 6.30pm
Tickets for this event are £7.50 for non-Power of Reading Members and £5 for Members (look out for a discount code in your next Power of Reading newsletter).
About Lauren Child
Lauren Child is an award-winning artist and writer. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Hubert Horatio and Ruby Redfort.
Her first two books were published in 1999 – I Want a Pet and Clarice Bean, That’s Me, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2000 for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the first of her Charlie and Lola picture books, and published her first Clarice Bean novel in 2002 – Utterly Me, Clarice Bean. Her books have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Her latest book is Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups.
She was selected by Quentin Blake, the first Children’s Laureate in 1999 to represent the UK in the British Library Magic Pencil exhibition. In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature, and was announced as the 10th Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate in 2017.
Lauren is an international ambassador for the excellence of UK illustration: she has 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 works with mixed media, pioneered text as an integral part of illustration and collaborates with artists across different fields. She is a trustee of the House of Illustration.
About Simon Mason
Simon Mason has always pursued parallel careers as a publisher and an author. A former Managing Director of David Fickling Books, where he worked with many wonderful writers, including Philip Pullman, Jenny Downham and Lissa Evans, he now works for Pushkin Press on a new series of adventure stories from world history for younger readers. He is also the author himself of a number of books for children and adults, including Moon Pie, shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize, and a trio of novels featuring the sixteen-year-old ‘slacker’, Garvie Smith, Running Girl, shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, Kid Got Shot, winner of Crimefest’s Best YA Crime Novel and Hey, Sherlock!.