Leila campaigned actively throughout her life for the recognition of the value of children, and the importance of providing both home and school environments which respect the language of children and their own ways of expressing themselves. She championed reading, in particular reading for pleasure, as crucial to the successful development of children, and sought to educate adults in how to foster a love of reading in young children. So much of what Leila believed in is core to the aims and activities of Seven Stories, and we are privileged to play a role in keeping her legacy alive.

Seven Stories: National Centre for Children's Books, Newcastle, UK.

   Julie's StoryLittle PeteChildren's Rights

I saw the Nippers series in my local children's library.  I thought they were marvellous - I remember reading Fish and Chips for Supper and A Day Out and thinking they were perfect beginner readers for urban children.  I didn't realise they were commissioned.  I simply decided to have a go at writing a similar length story and sent it off.  I think Leila was tickled by my cheekiness - and thank goodness, liked my story.  It meant the whole world to me when she published it - my first book!

Jacqueline Wilson (legendary kids' book writer)

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