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    in the UK, a well-known writer or illustrator of books for children who is chosen for two years to encourage a love of books and reading in children. The position is funded by the publishing industry and charities

    The prize-winning author Malorie Blackman has become Britain's first black children's laureate.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 05/06/2013


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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