This article makes up a first of what will be book suggestions for you and your family. It focuses on why your children should read Jacqueline Wilson’s books. The author is a children’s writer with a trail of stories attached to her name, the most popular being The Story of Tracy Beaker.
Jacqueline Wilson’s stories try to tell stories of characters who do not quite fit in so easily. Their lives are not perfect as they have to deal with problems of their own or that of their families. Tracy is one such character, she lives in a children’s home and has no one that will stand up for her or protect her.
Her main hope is to find a home with a family that will love her, but until then she learns to stand up for herself. Wilson’s books explore issues from abandonment, divorce, eating disorders and teenage love.
Sound a little too much? Do not shy away yet! Wilson is a compelling storyteller that writes with a lighthearted humour that your children will love. Her colourful characters will take your children on a journey that will open them up to a world much larger than themselves.
Wilson feels that most of the books she read growing up were always centred around middle- class families whose characters did not have problems like her own family had. She was then drawn to write stories about children who came from poor families, or whose parents were not together.
Wilson looks at what children today worry about, like having friends and how they look and draws inspiration from these.
According to the Children’s Commission in 2018 about 50 000 children under the age of five were living in households under the Toxic Trio. That is households dealing with domestic abuse, drug or alcohol addiction and mental health.
So children deal with complex issues from a young age, this paints a picture that there is a need for stories that children are able to relate to. In this age of the internet and reality television, children can so quickly feel isolated from the world especially when they feel they do not meet its standards.
Authors such as Jacqueline Wilson are important because they speak about the realities that children face in children’s voices. Your children will laugh and cry through the pages of books such as Tracy Beaker, Girl In love, Vicky Angel and Double act to name a few.
If you are worried about your child reading on issues you may feel are a little bit complex, is it not time for you to get reading then?! You will not regret it.