Malorie Blackman has been names today as the new Children’s Laureate for 2013-2015.
As well as vowing to continue the tireless work of Julia Donaldson’s regarding supporting public libraries, she intends to encourage schools to let children read every day in school and to support all sorts of reading, not just fiction. Hitting bakc at Mr Gove’s comments about teenagers readign Twilight a few weeks ago, she said:
“I don’t agree with Michael Gove. The point is that they are reading. My strategy is to say to a child ‘if you love vampire stories then have you thought about Frankenstein? … You don’t say that the only good books were written 50 years ago … It’s like saying a book should be worthy — ‘I deem this worthy and this is not worthy.’ You mustn’t be prescriptive because it closes down a lot of reading.” (see here for whole article)
A Laureate after my own heart, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.