Children's Laureate 2005-7
Jaqueline Wilson was appointed the fourth Children's Laureate in 2005
Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945. She spent her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames in Surrey, where she still lives today, working full-time as a writer.
She was educated at Coombe Girls School, Surrey, relocating to Dundee to start work as a teenage journalist with D.C. Thomson, writing for Jackie teenage magazine, which was named after her.
She has written many books for children, and her sensitive understanding of modern children, the way they live and the problems they encounter, together with her sense of humour, have made her an extremely popular author, particularly with the nine to eleven year age range.
She has sold over ten million books, which have been translated into over thirty languages, and at one point in 2000, six of her books were listed among the top ten bestselling children's paperbacks.
Her books include The Story of Tracy Beaker (1991) and its sequel, The Dare Game (2000), which tell the story of a child who lives in residential and foster care; The Bed and Breakfast Star (1994), about a family living in bed-and-breakfast accommodation; and The Illustrated Mum (1999), who is covered in tattoos and has multiple boyfriends.
Bad Girls (1996) deals with the subject of bullying, and Double Act (1995), is about identical twins with very different personalities.
More recent books include Candy Floss (2006), in which Floss faces a dilemma over whether to stay with her Dad in England or move to Australia with her Mum, and Starring Tracy Beaker (2006), which sees the return of the much-loved Tracy in a third instalment of her life story.
Jacqueline Wilson has written readers and books for younger children as well as radio plays for the BBC. Her series of books for older readers, Girls in Love (1997), Girls Under Pressure (1998), Girls Out Late (1999), and Girls in Tears (2002) has filmed for ITV television.
She wrote her own screen adaptation of Double Act for Channel 4, which won the Royal TV Society Best Children's Fiction Award, and The Story of Tracy Beaker is in its second television series, the third to be broadcast in 2004.
Her books have also been adapted for radio - including The Bed and Breakfast Star, The Story of Tracy Beaker and The Dare Game, all of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Stage adaptations of The Lottie Project (1997) and Double Act have toured nationally.
In 2002, Jacqueline Wilson was awarded an OBE for services to literacy in schools.
Jacqueline's time as Children's Laureate
Jacqueline developed the book Great Books to Read Aloud during her time as Children's Laureate, encouraging families to read aloud together, which has sold over 46,000 copies. Jacqueline said: 'I think it’s the best gift you can give your child. It’s a wonderful way of bonding together and simultaneously entering the magic world of the imagination. It’s the easiest way of making sure your child is hooked on books for life.' Find out more about Great Books to Read Aloud.
Girls in Love
Ellie, whose mother died when she was young, misses her love and advice terribly, particularly when it comes to the ever-difficult area of boys.
The Illustrated Mum
This is a moving yet unsentimental account of two children coming to terms with their mother’s depression, mental instability and alcohol problem.
The Story of Tracy Beaker
Tracy lives in a children's home but constantly hopes that her absent, glamorous Mum will come and take her away.
The Suitcase Kid
Distraught at her parents' divorce, Andy cannot decide who she wants to live with. She spends one week at Mum's house, the next at Dad's, but never really feels that she belongs anywhere.