28.04.09 Graeme Neill in The Bookseller
The boy wizard was not chosen for the Laureates' Table, a new promotion at Waterstone's that is part of the 10th anniversary of the Children's Laureate. Children's laureates Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen each selected seven books but have favoured the classics over the modern era. Only five of the 35 books selected were published during the last 20 years.
The most popular authors with two picks each are E. Nesbit for Five Children and It (chosen by Blake) and The Railway Children (chosen by Wilson), and Robert Louis Stevenson for A Child’s Garden of Verses (chosen by Fine), and Treasure Island (chosen by Morpurgo).