What does a Children's Laureate do?

Illustrator and author Chris Riddell, who created the Goth Girl series, has been named as the new Children's Laureate until 2017.

The Children's Laureate is a well known writer of children's books who promotes and encourage children's interest in books, reading and writing.

A new one is chosen every two years.

He takes over from author Malorie Blackman who held the post before.

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