Daydreams and Diaries: Jacqueline Wilson

  • Category: Family Fun
  • Dates: Saturday, 05 April 2014 to Sunday, 02 November 2014

The life of the much-loved children's author Jacqueline Wilson, who has entertained British and international youngsters with a body of work that stretches back several decades, will be examined by a new exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood this April.

Wilson is best known for creating the character Tracy Beaker, a naughty 10-year-old who lives in the care of social workers at what she refers to as the 'Dumping Ground'.

Her realistic approach to children's literature and fearlessness when it comes to mature themes such as adoption, grief and mental illness have made her particularly popular and sometimes controversial.

The exhibition, running from April 5th until November 2nd, features original notebooks along with childhood toys, diaries and school reports belonging to the author herself, allowing young readers and their parents to get an insight into how she became a writer.

There is the opportunity to explore a recreation of Wilson's childhood bedroom, discover the inspiration behind larger-than-life characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather and even see how their stories changed the lives of readers around the world.

Illustrator Nick Sharratt, who has created many of the distinctive images featured on the cover of Wilson's stories and dispersed between the pages, also features heavily.

Such is the popularity of Wilson that her catalogue of almost 100 books has been translated into more than 34 different languages. She has sold more than 30 million copies in the UK alone.

Taking your little one along could well see them inspired to write or illustrate for themselves, and if nothing else, they'll certainly want to pick up a book when they get back to your accommodation.

Stay at The Milestone Hotel, which is conveniently located and offers a special We Are Family package for those with young children who need entertaining.