Top Texts for March 2023

Kate Sayer has picked some wonderful picture fiction for this month

Well Done Mummy Penguin

by Chris Haughton

A Little and Daddy Penguin cheer on Mummy Penguin as she overcomes obstacles and fetches their dinner.

Chris Haughton’s illustrations are as compelling as always in this book which also brilliantly documents the anxiety of not being able to help someone that you love.

The Rapping Princess

by Hannah Lee and illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan

Shiloh wants to be able to sing but as this modern take on a fairy tale goes on she realises that her voice was designed for something else.

The rhythm of this book encourages you to try your own rapping voice and the connection with fairy tales and more contemporary talent offers lots to talk about.

Ruby's Worry

by Tom Percival

Ruby loved being Ruby until she discovered a worry. One of a fantastic series of big feelings books exploring emotions that aren’t always easy to talk about.

The portrayal of how a worry can affect you and how friendship can support you feels true and there’s plenty to pore over in the illustrations too.

Kate Sayer

About this month's reviewer

Kate Sayer is the Communities and Development Manager at World Book Day and responsible for ensuring that World Book Day resources promote Reading for Pleasure.

A trained primary teacher Kate has worked in Arts Education since 2007. Kate has previously worked at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education delivering teacher CPD programmes, The Story Museum (as Head of Learning), devising a learning offer for the museum’s first opening, Discover Children’s Story Centre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Kate loves connecting physical play experiences with books and when she’s not at work can be found using her son as a guinea pig – these are some of his favourites too.

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