New Worlds Through Books

New Worlds Through Books: Jacqueline Wilson

14th February 2018 | Blog

It’s World Book Day on Thursday 1st March!

In the run up, we’re celebrating the power of books to change lives and are asking authors and readers to tell us about a book which opened a door to a new world for them when they were young. That might be a book which sparked their imagination or inspired a new hobby or even led them to learn a new skill.

We are honoured to have multi-bestselling children’s author Jacqueline Wilson kick us off with a book that inspired her:


Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson


I read I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith when I was eleven. I was hooked from the first brilliant paragraph. I’d found the way I wanted to write.


Hetty Feather costume


If you love Jacqueline Wilson’s books then don’t miss the chance to dress up as Hetty Feather on World Book Day using our fantastic costume guide!


Jacqueline Wilson, the creator of Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, is a multi-award-winning author and consistent favourite with children and critics. A former Children’s Laureate, Jacqueline has won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and the Children’s Book of the Year Award. The CBBC adaptation of The Story of Tracy Beaker is one of the channel’s highest-rating shows ever. Jacqueline is a visiting professor of creative writing at Roehampton University and is also their Chancellor and was appointed a Dame for services to children’s literature. Born in Bath in 1945, Jacqueline has lived most of her life in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. She has one daughter, two pampered cats and an energetic dog.

World Book Day is an annual celebration of authors. illustrators, books and reading. Every year on World Book Day, thousands of school children dress up as their favourite children’s book characters to raise money for Book Aid International, so we can send more brand new books to libraries and schools in Africa and beyond. Last year they raised over £140,000 – enough to send 70,000 books to communities where children would otherwise have extremely limited opportunities to read! Learn more about World Book Day here.

Visit our World Book Day resources page for fundraising tips, 30 brand new classroom activities and 43 costume guides.

Fundraise for Book Aid International this World Book Day and celebrate the power of books to open doors to new worlds!


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