Children’s Laureate paying a visit to Leeds

Caption: Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson will be in Leeds next week

The current Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson will be in Leeds next week paying a special visit to Holt Park Community Library next week.

The bestselling author of over 150 books including ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ and ‘Zog’, will be at the library off Holtdale Approach on Tuesday morning for the invite-only event as part of her autumn tour of libraries in England, Scotland and Wales.

Schoolchildren from Adel Primary, Adel St John the Baptist, Cookridge, Holy Name, Holy Trinity, Iveson and Ireland Wood Schools will be at the visit, which will see Julia bringing some of her hugely popular stories to life through special dramatisations. They will also be showing off their own acting and singing skills during a short performance inspired by children’s literature.

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Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson will be available for media interviews at Holt Park Community Library from 8:45am on Tuesday 16 October. The library is located off Holtdale Approach, LS16 7RX.

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The role of Children’s Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field.

Julia became the seventh Children’s Laureate in June 2011, winning the Waterstones Children’s Laureate medal and announcing that her main focuses in the role would be ‘drama, music, stories for deaf children, libraries..linked to the biggest thing of all – the pleasure and richness to be gained from reading.’

Ahead of the start of her libraries tour, Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson said:

“Libraries are very close to my heart, and so is performance. This tour is my way of bringing the two together, by visiting fantastic libraries all over the country, enjoying children acting and singing, and sharing my own stories with them.”

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Julia Donaldson to Leeds, it is a tremendous honour and a huge coup to have secured a visit by the current Children’s Laureate.

“Her works such as The Gruffalo have been fantastically successful so we are looking forward to seeing her and listening to her hopefully inspire our young people to get involved in reading, writing and performing.”

Previous other Children’s Laureates include Quentin Blake, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen.

For more information about Julia Donaldson’s visit to Holt Park Library please contact Debbie Moody deborah.moody@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 395 2337.

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For further information about Julia Donaldson’s tour, and all the libraries involved, please visit


For media enquiries about the Children’s Laureate Libraries tour please contact Alice Ingall at Booktrust on alice.ingall@booktrust.org.uk / 020 8875 4827 or Anwen Hooson and Liz Hyder at Riot Communications on anwen@riotcommunications.com / liz@riotcommunications.com / 020 3174 0118.

The Children’s Laureate is sponsored by Waterstones, and is also supported by lead publishing sponsors Scholastic (www.scholastic.co.uk) and Macmillan's Children's Books (www.panmacmillan.com), secondary publishing sponsors Egmont, Oxford University Press and Penguin Children's Books, and 12 other children's publishers. The role of Children's Laureate covers the whole of the UK. www.childrenslaureate.org.uk

The Children's Laureateship is administered by Booktrust, an independent national literature charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages to engage with books. For more information visit www.booktrust.org.uk


For media enquiries please contact:

Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,

Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472

Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk