Several high-profile authors are to stop visiting schools in protest at new laws requiring them to be vetted to work with youngsters.New Children's Laureate Anthony Browne takes a different view, however..
Philip Pullman, author of fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials, said the idea was "ludicrous and insulting".
Former children's laureates Anne Fine and Michael Morpurgo have hit out at the scheme which costs £64 per person.
Officials say the checks have been misunderstood and authors will only need them if they go to schools often.
The Home Office says the change, being introduced from October, will help protect children.
"I feel that as writers we shouldn't necessarily be granted an exemption," he said. "If all people who work with children have to be vetted by the police then we shouldn't be an exception. It seems a bit odd that we have to pay for it, though."