The Children’s Laureate, or Laureate na nÓg, is an exciting project recognising the role and importance of literature for children in Ireland. This unique honour was awarded for the first time in May 2010 to author Siobhán Parkinson. The position of Laureate na nÓg was held by Siobhán Parkinson for a period of two years. Illustrator Niamh Sharkey was the second laureate, and held the title until May 2014. Eoin Colfer held the role between 2014 and 2016. Illustrator PJ Lynch took over the role from 2016 – 2018. Sarah Crossan is the current Laureate na nÓg.
The laureate will participate in selected events and activities around Ireland during their term. The laureate is chosen as a result of their internationally recognised body of high quality children’s writing or illustration and the considerably positive impact they have had on readers as well as other writers and illustrators.
Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council with the support of Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Children’s Books Ireland and Poetry Ireland. The honour was established to engage young people with high quality children’s literature and to underline the importance of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative lives.