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Chris Riddell awarded OBE

“Everyone associated with The School Library Association would like to congratulate Chris Riddell on being awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year Honours List in recognition of his illustration and charity work.

Chris’ distinctive drawings magically appear on the page in front of you, even whilst he is fully engaged talking and listening to a rapt audience.

As well as having been the 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate, Chris is a children’s illustrator, writer and political cartoonist for The Observer. He has won three Kate Greenaway Medals, the British librarian’s annual award for the best-illustrated children’s book.

The SLA are also immensely lucky to have Chris as a very supportive President from 2017 – 2020.

Chris Riddell

Chris said of his honour: “I feel immensely proud to be recognised in this way and rather humbled when I think about the truly important job done by teachers, librarians and my fellow writers and illustrators. We want to put books into the hands of children so they can discover the great gift that is reading for pleasure. In these uncertain times we need great children's books more than ever!”

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