Lauren Child MBE (born 1965) is an English author and illustrator. She is best known for writing the Charlie and Lola books and Clarice Bean novels.

Helen Child was born in 1965, the middle of three daughters. She later changed her name to Lauren.  She attended St John’s School and from 16, Marlborough College, where her father was Head of Art.  She studied Art briefly at Manchester Polytechnic and later at City and Guilds of London Art School,[3] after which she worked in a variety of jobs, including as a painting assistant to Damien Hirst. She also started her own company, ‘Chandeliers for the People’, making exotic lampshades together with the actor Andrew St Clair; it was not a commercial success, though the lampshades are instantly recognisable as Child’s work and highly valued. Between 1998 and 2003 she worked for the design agency ‘Big Fish’.

In 1999 she had two picture books published, I Want a Pet! (1999) and Clarice Bean, That’s Me (1999), the latter being shortlisted for the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. In 2000 she won aKate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever, NEVER Eat a Tomato (2000) and a second Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in 2002 for That Pesky Rat (2002). In the same year, she wrote her first children’s novel, Utterly Me, Clarice Bean (2002). Her second book in this series, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble was shortlisted for the 2005 British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year. The third novel in the series, Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now was published in 2006.

Child’s humorous illustrations contain many different media including magazine cuttings, collage, material and photography as well as traditional watercolours. As well as being author of several highly successful books, she is the illustrator of the Definitely Daisy series by Jenny Oldfield.

A television series based on her Charlie and Lola books was made by Tiger Aspect for Disney/CBBC, on which Child was an Executive Producer. Three series of 26 episodes were made and two specials. A number of spin off books are available based on the scripts of the TV shows, though these were not written or illustrated by Child. Charlie and Lola has been sold throughout the world, and has won many prizes, including BAFTAs in 2007 for Best children’s Television Show and Best Script.

This is an illustration from  the Clarice Bean series of children’s books.