“A love of books has opened so many doors for me. Stories have inspired me and taught me to aspire.” – Malorie Blackman
Born on this date in 1962, Blackman is a British writer who held the national position of Children's Laureate from 2013 to 2015. Primarily an author of literature and television drama for children and young adults, she often has used science fiction to explore social and ethical issues.
Blackman's first book was Not So Stupid, a collection of horror and science fiction stories for young adults, published in November 1990. Since then she has written more than 60 children's books, including novels and short story collections, and of course many dozens of TV and radio scripts and a stage play. The winner of numerous writing and lifetime achievement awards, Blackman encourages children to follow the path she took to writing success – through reading.
“I hope to instill, in every child I meet, my love and enthusiasm for reading and stories,” she said. “A good book is a good book. End of story.”
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