Top Texts for August 2022

Cassie Chadderton, Chief Executive of World Book Day, has recommended some wonderful texts for this month

Look Up!

by Nathan Bryan and Illustrated by Dapo Adeola

For World Book Day children can choose the wonderful Rocket Rules! By Nathan Byron and illustrated by Dapo Adeola.

Children can join Rocket on more joyous, life-affirming  adventures with the first book in her series Look Up! and the later title, Clean up! The ever-curious Rocket explores space, the natural world, and even fights plastic pollution. But will her big brother ever look up from his phone?

Full of passion and heart-warming energy, Rocket’s questions and positive approach to life make the books a joy to read aloud, and the illustrations provide much fun for younger readers.


by Nadia Shireen

There was a special edition of Nadia Shireen’s Grimwood for World Book Day. Then children can spend even more time in the woods with Nancy and Ted the fox cubs finding out all about life on the wild side. Whether they’re evading the ferocious street-cat Princess Buttons, dallying with dramatic ducks, or learning how to play Treebonk they are having many adventures and learning about what makes ‘home’ along the way.

Nadia Shireen’s anarchic humour is warm as well as off the wall. Grimwood is full of hilarious illustrations, super daft characters and brilliantly silly stories for readers who are growing in confidence and ability.

Something I Said

by Ben Bailey Smith

For fluent readers looking for more after their £1 book, the brilliant comedian, actor, rapper and screenwriter Ben Bailey Smith shares more about the funny and relatable teenage comedian, Car, in Something I Said.

It’s a journey of self-discovery with a viral video difference. How far will Car go to get a laugh and succeed as a comedian? Does fame and fortune come with a price? Car finds out what really matters in this touching tale of family and friendship, told honestly and with plenty of laughs.

Cassie Chadderton

About this month's reviewer

Cassie Chadderton is Chief Executive of World Book Day. She was previously Head of UK Theatre, the major professional association for theatre and the performing arts and Director, Media and Stakeholder Relations at Arts Council England, working to promote the importance of the arts to society and the creative economy. Before then Cassie held publicity roles at publishing companies including Fourth Estate and Random House and led campaigns for a range of bestselling fiction, non-fiction and celebrity authors. She is a Fellow of the RSA. She works with Speakers for Schools and Creative Access.

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