In the UK, the ultra-awesome Quentin Blake is the appointed Children's Laureate.  I would have given him my vote, based solely on all the long, lazy afternoons I spent mesmerised by his characters when I was small.  I wonder who will be Australia's Grand High Poobah of Kidslit?

"A CHILDREN'S laureate to champion reading among kids will be appointed from next year under a program established by an alliance of authors, teachers, librarians, publishers, booksellers and arts administrators. The newly formed Australian Children's Literature Alliance hopes the initiative will promote Australian children's and youth literature, as well as convince schoolkids of the importance and pleasure of reading...

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