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Lauren Child

  • 5 stars across 80 books
    Lauren Child Biography
    Lauren Child is an award-winning British author and illustrator best known for her Charlie and Lola picture books, the Clarice Bean series and the Ruby Redford series. Lauren's first Charlie and Lola story, I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato, was published in 2000 and that year she won the Kate Greenaway medal for the most distinguished illustration in a book for children.

    Lauren Child was born on 29th November 1965 in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She briefly studied Art at Manchester Polytechnic and then later at City and Guilds of London Art School before starting her own company making exotic lampshades. She also worked for a design agency before publishing her first two picture books in 1999, one of which was Clarice Bean, That's Me which was shortlisted for the Nestle Smarties Book Prize and was a runner-up for the Greenaway Medal.

    Many of Lauren's other books have won awards and she's also co-creator of The Princess and the Pea and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

    A TV series based on the Charlie and Lola books was produced for CBeebies and broadcast three series of 26 episodes. It has been sold around the world and won two BAFTAs in 2007 for Best Children's TV Show and Best Script.

    Lauren Child Facts
    Lauren was announced as the new UK Children's Laureate in June 2017.

    In 2010 Lauren was awarded an MBE for services to literature.

    Our favourite Lauren Child Book Characters
    Lola - from the Charlie and Lola series
    Ruby - from the Ruby Redford series
    Clarice - from the Clarice Bean series

    Our favourite Lauren Child Book Quotes
    “Then I say, "Let's go and brush our teeth." So Lola says, "But Charlie, I can't brush my teeth because somebody is using my tooth." "But who would use your toothbrush?" I ask. Lola says "I think that lion. I saw a lion with my toothbrush and now he's brushing his teeth with it." "But it isn't this your toothbrush Lola?" "Oh," says Lola, "he must be using yours.” (I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed)

    “And they have a display of bananas, which are not bananas but called plantains and are more like a potato pretending to be a banana.” (Utterly Me, Clarice Bean)
    19th September 2016

    Blink and You Die

    Say goodbye to Ruby Redfort: every smart kid's smart kid. The mind-blowing conclusion to the thrilling series by award... More

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    9th August 2018

    Charlie and Lola: A Dog With Nice Ears

    A brilliant new Charlie and Lola picture book from multi-award-winning author and Children's Laureate Lauren Child! ... More

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    23rd February 2006

    Charlie and Lola: But Excuse Me That is My Book

    Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies is Lola's absolute favourite book ever in the whole wide world. So naturally she is distra... More

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    4th October 2018

    Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups

    Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent is back in this hilarious and gloriously illustrated book for ages six and up from ... More

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    24th May 2001

    Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed: Board Book

    A classic Charlie & Lola story about tricky bedtimes, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.Charlie has this little sist... More

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    13th July 2017

    Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small For School

    A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about starting school worries, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child - now i... More

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    18th October 2007

    Charlie and Lola: I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato: Board Book

    Lola will not eat peas. In fact, she won't eat carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, eggs, sausages, cauliflower, cabbage or ba... More

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    29th September 2015

    Charlie and Lola: One Thing

    Charlie and Lola return in a brilliant picture book, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child, to introduce the non-scary... More

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    5th July 2012

    Beware of the Storybook Wolves

    For a real thrill, try reading Beware of the Storybook Wolves. It will scare your socks off! A fun-filled pictur... More

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    4th September 2014

    Clarice Bean, That's Me

    Meet the fabulously feisty Clarice Bean! In this hilarious picture book from Children's Laureate, Lauren Child. ... More

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    4th December 2014

    Feel the Fear

    Ruby Redfort: Undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius. The fourth book in the scaril... More

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    3rd February 2014

    Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    When Goldilocks sneaks into the three bears' cottage, no one seems to be home. But the bears soon return from their walk... More

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    2nd July 2009

    My Uncle Is A Hunkle Says Clarice Bean

    A brilliantly quirky picture book from Children's Laureate, Lauren Child. Starring the fabulously feisty Clarice Bea... More

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    30th January 2013

    Charlie and Lola: Sizzles, Where are You?

    Marv's dog, Sizzles, seems to have disappeared! Join Charlie and Lola as they set off in search of Sizzles, through the ... More

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    30th January 2013

    Charlie and Lola: I Absolutely Love Animals

    Two especially good stories about animals including I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs and a brand new story, the poign... More

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    6th June 2013

    Take Your Last Breath

    Hey, buster! Normal life is a total yawn. So break out of boredom with multi-million-copy bestselling author Lauren Ch... More

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    13th November 2005

    Charlie and Lola: I Completely Love Winter

    Charlie and Lola: I Completely Love Winter - by Lauren Child This really very good Charlie and Lola book includes two wi... More

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    1st April 2013

    Clarice Bean, Utterly Me

    Clarice Bean loves reading the adventures of Ruby Redfort, ace girl detective and secret undercover agent. Ruby is alway... More

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    10th July 2003

    Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

    Have you ever fallen into a storybook? Well, if you do, just make sure it isn't a fairy tale! Because in every one there... More

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    26th June 2013

    Read It Yourself With Ladybird: Level 3: Charlie And Lola: You Won't Like This Present

    Charlie's little sister Lola wants to buy a good present for her friend Lotta's birthday. But when Lola sees something s... More

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    2nd September 2004

    Clarice Bean Spells Trouble

    There are so many things in life you can't explain. Like why isn't YOU spelt U? Why isn't WHY spelt Y? And why can just ... More

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    2nd July 2009

    What Planet Are You From Clarice Bean?

    A quirky, humorous picture book with an important message about caring for our environment, from Children's Laureat... More

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    27th April 2015

    Catch Your Death

    Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius - there's nothing average about her. Only th... More

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    7th February 2013

    Maude: The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton

    Flamboyant and eccentric, being noticed is what all the members of the Shrimpton family live for - all except, that is, ... More

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    26th June 2013

    Read It Yourself With Ladybird: Level 4: Charlie And Lola: IAm

    Friends Charlie and Marv are trying to invent a new invention for a school project - but it's harder than it looks! Mayb... More

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    31st December 2008

    That Pesky Rat

    This is the funny, touching tale of how a pesky street rat finds home, sweet home!... More

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    7th May 2009

    Charlie and Lola's Clothes: Board Book

    Learn all about Lola's favourite clothes in this fabulously funny first concept board book.... More

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    4th October 2012

    Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

    The story of a boy who fell into a book . . . with a guest appearance from the Little Bad Wolf. From Children's Laur... More

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    4th September 2014

    The New Small Person

    Elmore Green started life as an only child, as many children do. He had a room all to himself, and everything in it was ... More

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    26th September 2002

    What Planet Are You From Clarice Bean?

    Gravity is a strange invisible force You know it's there because you are not floating about like a jellyfish. Sometimes ... More

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    27th September 2001

    My Uncle Is A Hunkle Says Clarice Bean

    Clarice Bean is back in a second riotous family saga. When Mum and Dad both have to go away on Important Business, there... More

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    31st January 2008

    Charlie and Lola: Say Cheese

    Lola is extremely very excited because the school photographer is coming and it is Lola's first ever school photo! Lola ... More

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    10th September 2012

    My Dream

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    1st September 2017

    Princess and the Pea

    When a sensitive prince searches far and wide for a bride but finds no princess as tender-hearted as he is, he can hardl... More

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    30th October 1999

    I Want a Pet

    In this deliciously funny picture book from Children's Laureate Lauren Child a child really wants a pet - but Mum, Dad, ... More

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    4th April 2013

    Charlie and Lola: My Doodling and Colouring-In Book

    Charlie has this little sister Lola. She is always very extremely busy. Lola says, "I love drawing and scribbling and cu... More

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    5th May 2016

    Pick Your Poison

    Meet Ruby Redfort: every smart kid's smart kid. The fifth book in the nail-biting series, created by award-winning aut... More

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    1st September 2007

    Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now

    A witty and insightful book about worries, starring Clarice Bean. Created by Children's Laureate Lauren Child. It'... More

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    3rd February 2011

    Who wants to be a Poodle? I Don't!

    Trixie Twinkle Toes doesn't want a maid to plump her cushions. She wants to roll in the mud and paddle in the puddles. S... More

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    4th September 2014

    Charlie and Lola: Slightly Invisible

    A classic Charlie and Lola board book story about sibling rivalry, the imagination and invisible friends, from Children... More

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    2nd August 2012

    Look into my eyes

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    7th May 2009

    Charlie and Lola: Charlie and Lola's Actions: Board Book

    Little ones will love joining in with Lola and mimicing all the actions in this classic Charlie and Lola board book from... More

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    1st June 2007

    I Want a Pet Big Book

    "I quite fancy a pet - an African lion or an octopus or even a boa constrictor. The trouble is, Mum and Dad and Granny a... More

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    3rd October 2013

    Sizzles is a Star

    Charlie and Lola's Sizzles the dog stars in his own Christmassy book!It's Christmas time and Sizzles the dog loves to dr... More

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    5th October 2006

    My Completely Best Story Collection

    Charlie and Lola, first seen in I Will Not Ever NEVER Eat a Tomato, are stars of the screen, page, and now audio. First ... More

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    28th September 2017

    Charlie and Lola: Exactly One Numbers Sticker Activity Book

    Charlie and Lola explore the world of numbers in a new way with a range of activities including counting, number recog... More

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    8th March 2018

    Charlie and Lola's Almost Totally Genius Colouring and Doodle Book

    Lauren Child has just been announced as the 10th Waterstones Children's Laureate.... More

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    28th September 2017

    Charlie and Lola: Charlie and Lola A Very Shiny Wipe-Clean Letters Activity Book

    Charlie and Lola explore writing letters and first words using a handy wipe-clean pen to help children practise over a... More

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    15th March 2007

    Charlie and Lola: Numbers: Board Book

    Help your toddler learn to count with Charlie and Lola! This brilliant board book, from Children's Laureate Lauren... More

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    15th March 2007

    Charlie and Lola: Opposites: Board Book

    Help your toddler learn about opposites with Charlie and Lola! Lola says, "I am absolutely not big. I am sti... More

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    3rd January 2008

    Charlie and Lola: Shapes: Board Book

    Help your toddler learn about shapes with Charlie and Lola! Lola says, "I know all my shapes. I know square ones... More

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    3rd January 2008

    Charlie and Lola: Things: Board Book

    A first concepts board book with a delightfully quirky Charlie and Lola twist, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. ... More

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    22nd August 2017

    Blink and You Die

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    22nd August 2017

    Look into My Eyes

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    22nd August 2017

    Catch Your Death

    Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius - there's nothing average about her. Only this... More

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    22nd August 2017

    Feel the Fear

    Ruby Redfort: supercool secret agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius The fourth book in the scarily awesome R... More

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    22nd August 2017

    Pick Your Poison

    Meet Ruby Redfort: every smart kid's smart kid. The fifth book in the nail-biting series, created by award-winning autho... More

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    22nd August 2017

    Take Your Last Breath

    Hey, buster! Normal life is a total yawn. So break out of boredom with multi-million-copy bestselling author Lauren Chil... More

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    1st September 2009

    Clarice Bean, That's Me

    Clarice Bean is utterly 10! To mark the occasion, Orchard has created a linen-bound anniversary edition of the original ... More

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    14th June 2018

    Charlie and Lola Numbers Wipe-clean Activity

    Lauren Child has just been announced as the 10th Waterstones Children's Laureate.... More

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    19th July 2007

    Charlie and Lola's Colours

    Charlie and Lola discover colours in this fantastic board book - perfect for the very young.... More

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    1st July 2007

    Charlie and Lola's Animals

    Look at all of Lola's favourite animals in this bright and witty board book from this hilarious pair.... More

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    21st February 2012

    Charlie And Lola: My Holiday Sticker Book

    It's the start of the school holiday and Lola is extremely very excited. She has lots of ideas to make it the best holi... More

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    1st February 2013

    Hang in There Bozo: The Ruby Redfort Emergency Survival Guide for Some Tricky Predicaments

    Ruby Redfort: secret agent, detective, thirteen-year-old kid. And now...survival expert. It's not always possible to ski... More

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    4th October 2007

    This is Actually My Party

    Today is Charlie's birthday - he is very excited as he is having a special monster party! Lola is excited too and wants ... More

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    11th November 2004

    Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent

    Another fantastic, witty and incredibly original story from award-winning Lauren Child. Hubert Horatio or H for short is... More

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    31st December 2000

    Beware of the Storybook Wolves

    This is a wickedly funny book from one of the most exciting new talents around. Herb has to think fast to outwit two ver... More

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    18th October 2007

    Charlie and Lola: Exactly Three Classic Charlie and Lola Books

    A perfect addition for all Charlie and Lola collectors, this boxed set includes award winning books - "I Will Not Ever N... More

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    26th September 2013

    Catch Your Death

    Hey, buster! Normal life is a total yawn. So break out of boredom with Ruby Redfort: detective, secret agent, thirteen-y... More

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    26th April 2017

    Charlie and Lola: Classic Gift Slipcase: A Pair of Two Extremely Classic Stories

    This beautiful box set contains two classic Charlie and Lola picture books, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. A p... More

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    4th September 2008

    Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

    This is the second stunningly original pop-up book by Lauren Child about Herb - star of Beware the Storybook Wolves. Hav... More

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    5th August 2010

    Beware of the Storybook Wolves

    For a real thrill, try reading Beware of the Storybook Wolves. It will scare your socks off ...and tell you exactly wha... More

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    19th March 2018

    Alien Beings

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    13th November 2008

    Clarice Bean: The Clarice Bean Collection

    All three exceptionordinarily good Clarice Bean novels in one superly stylish slipcase. Utterly Me, Clarice Bean: when m... More

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    28th February 2019

    Hubert Horatio: A Very Fishy Tale: World Book Day 2019

    A hilarious new story about Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent from Lauren Child - the superstar creator of Clarice Be... More

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