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Children's Laureate in Cumbria

Julia tells stories with help from a puppet Photo: ITV Border

The Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson - author of the children's book The Gruffalo, has been visiting libraries in Cumbria. She has been speaking to school children a part of a six week tour of the UK.

Children listening carefully Credit: ITV Border

Julia has been bringing some of her hugely popular stories to life through special dramatisations.

School children have shown off their own acting and singing skills during a short performance inspired by children's literature which they will present to Julia.

Julia took time out to speak to ITV Border's correspondent Tim Backshall:

Julia telling stories Credit: ITV Border

Julia Donaldson embarked on her two year tenure as the seventh Children's Laureate in June 2011. The role of Children's Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field. Former Children's Laureates include Quentin Blake, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen.

In 2010, Julia was the most borrowed children's author from UK libraries. Her latest books Superworm (Alison Green Books) and The Paper Dolls (Macmillan Children's Books) will be published in autumn 2012. Below is the full report that Tim Backshall sent for ITV Border: