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NR chats to children's laureate Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson has been named as the fourth children's laureate.

This means that she'll spend two years promoting children's books and reading by taking part in lots of events around the UK.

Newsround Online chatted to Jacqueline about her new role.

How do you feel about becoming children's laureate?

JW: I feel so pleased and delighted. I know it's going to be a very busy two years but I am rather used to whizzing around all over the place.

What are you going to try to achieve as children's laureate?

JW: I want to use this time to spread the word about reading. I want to make children feel that reading is cool and enjoyable and not boring, and I'm going to do my hardest to try to convey that.

There is such a wide range of children's books out there now so it's not about telling children that they must read Jacqueline Wilson or whatever.

It's about telling them that we all have a particular type of book that you love and speaks to you. And when you find that sort of book it makes you feel so happy and delighted. Once you find your book, you're off!

Have you got any special projects planned?

JW: I would love to set up my own exhibition. I have been speaking to my other writer and illustrator friends and we are all inundated with letters from children saying they are doing a project on one of us for school, and can we send them some information about us.

I have got an idea that we could get a museum, or gallery, or library, to put on an exhibition of about 50 different authors and illustrators, and all come together to provide some material.

We could have exhibitions about what each author's favourite book was when they were young, a photo of them, the kinds of books they read when they started writing.

You could have little pieces of memorabilia that inspired different authors to write different books. It wouldn't just be about children looking around though, I'd like them to be able to ask questions and do some research to find out more.

I would love to do this as an idea but it is not concrete yet.

Will you have to stop writing for a while now you're children's laureate?

JW: I will not stop writing. I have learnt over the years, because I have been very busy, to take my notebook with me everywhere, in my handbag.

I live in Kingston, and the train from Kingston to London takes half an hour. In that half an hour I can write 400 to 500 words. I can manage to do little bits and pieces here and there.

I'm used to writing in that way and this won't be any different.

I will still be writing my two books a year!