Lauren Child is an English children’s author and illustrator best known for her Charlie and Lola picture books, which were adapted into a children’s television show; the Clarice Bean series, for young teenagers; and the Ruby Redfort novel series, about an undercover agent and mystery solver. She has also illustrated many books, including classics such as Pippi Longstocking and the Anne of Green Gables series. Child introduced Charlie and Lola in 2000 with I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato and won the UK’s annual Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association for the year’s most distinguished illustration in a book for children. For the fiftieth anniversary of the Medal, a panel named it one of the top ten winning works, which comprised the shortlist for a public vote for Briain’s favorite. Child was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2021 Birthday Honours for services to children's literature.