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You didn't do it. Besides this note being autographed by c425 (I Lost Count!) paediatric writers, 16 Carnegie or Greenaway medalists, the latest Children's Laureate of the UK, Malorie Blackman, the Children's Laureate of Eire, Niamh Sharkey, and the youngest Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson, as well as an exceptional encyclopaedia of titles.
As you will soon see, we have complained about the dismissal of the multidisciplinary children's critic Amanda Craig. It is not about a critic, nor about the number or standard of coverage that The Times could get from internal employees or elsewhere. It is about the often imprudent erosion of the importance of children's writing; it is about the need for advocates of children's writing, who not only examine the most expensive promotional budget but also the writing that they believe they will like.
It was not the only one - and I am hoping not the last one - but ours, whose opinions were appreciated by our educators and ours, whom we relied on to promote children's music. If I had a severe cerebral accident, I could make a children's book...." This could be one of the last of these.
However, the Times didn't publish the note, but I did, with the name of the person who wrote it. We the signatory are extremely worried about the recent dismissal of your children's critic Amanda Craig. Throughout her years on your papers, Amanda has earned an excellent worldwide fame as an excellent critic and a singular champion of children's literature in general.
As Neil Gaiman so correctly puts it, she is "an empathetic advocate of good children's books" who is highly regarded by everyone who cares about the read. With the dismissal of a review of Amanda Craig's statue, the Times sends a very unhappy news to national and international readership. There is already alarmingly thin reporting of children's literature in the British press - and this choice is unintelligible.
As the Olympics last year showed, British children's writing is a natural resource. Early in her career Amanda Craig discovered and promoted J.K. Rowling, Anthony Horowitz, Philip Pullman, Francesca Simon, Cressida Cowell and many other well-known British writers and inspired countless enthusiastic readership among them.
What we need are experts who have the room to do the same for the writers and readership of the years to come. Likewise, the Times should recognize that its own destiny is connected to the destiny of the children's game. People who read children's literature become newspaper reader, together with the following writers, publishing houses, frahlings, bookstores, libraries, teachers, blogs, as well as parent and reader:
Lucy Coats is now in the bookshops with a new bookshop in a sense of continuity.