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Last Updated: Thursday May 26 2005 19:46 GMT

Wilson is new Children's Laureate

Jacqueline Wilson with one of her most popular books, The Illustrated Mum
Top kids' writer Jacqueline Wilson has been named the new Children's Laureate.

The award-winning author has written lots of popular books like The Story of Tracy Beaker, Bad Girls, Dustbin Baby and The Illustrated Mum.

The Children's Laureate award is given to writers who have had a career in excellence in writing for kids, and to show how important kids' books are.

Jacqueline said: "I am so pleased and delighted. I want to use this time to spread the word about reading."

She told Newsround: "I want to make children feel that reading is cool and enjoyable. There is such a wide range of children's book out there now. It's about finding a particular type of book that you love and speaks to you."

Jacqueline Wilson with Danielle Harmer who played Tracy Beaker in the TV series
During her time as children's laureate, Jacqueline will be visiting schools and libraries, talking at conferences and festivals, appearing on TV and radio, and generally spreading the word about children and reading.

Still writing

Although Jacqueline admitted she will be very busy with children's laureate commitments over the next two years, she had some good news for Newsround viewers. "I will not stop writing," she told us. "I will still be writing my two books a year."

Previous Laureates have been Quentin Blake, Anne Fine and Michael Morpurgo. It's awarded every two years.

The author was presented with a Children's Laureate medal and a grant for 10,000.

Her novels have been the most borrowed children's books from libraries for the last two years running.

Jacqueline's won loads of other book awards too. She's won the Smarties Prize, the Children's Book Award, and the Children's' Book award of the Year at the British Book Awards.

Lots of her books, like Tracy Beaker and The Illustrated Mum, have been made into TV series.



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