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WCWendy Cooling ,the founder of Bookstart received an MBE for her services to children's books on June 2nd 2009. A wonderful recognition of her inspirational and long lasting work in the world of children's books.

National Children's Book Week and the Children's Book Foundation were also started by Wendy, as she could see that getting children and books together was a real need and had so much to offer.

Reading for pleasure, for children and parents is great for all sorts of reasons. Wendy has always promoted a love of reading and has done so much to make sure that books are available for all parents and children.

In 2006, Wendy won the Eleanor Farjeon Award for her outstanding services to the world of children's books.

And the good work continues in book reviews and in working with children on numerous reading related projects, Wendy makes sure that children's books have the place they deserve.

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