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Healthy Lifestyles Booklist

Browse our booklist of recommended children’s books about healthy eating, exercise, hygiene and mental wellbeing. This expertly curated list features a mix of fascinating fiction and non-fiction texts to support the Healthy Lifestyles topic.

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Best children's picturebooks about physical activity

Jory John
 & Pete Oswald
Picturebook

If you’ve ever made a New Year resolution to improve your fitness or get outside more, you might just relate to the journey of this hilarious spud. With everything he needs within arm’s reach of the sofa, this potato has it all – multiple TV screens, hundreds of video games and even a button that activates a snack-fetching gadget. He can’t see any reason at all to leave the couch… until the electricity cuts out. The potato steps foot outside and embarks upon a new-found appreciation of fresh air, exercise and the sounds and sights of the great outdoors. After some deep introspection, the potato sets himself a resolution to achieve a better balance between screentime and time enjoying the outdoor world.

This is a really funny book and is always a winner with children. As well as guaranteeing giggles, this story can provide an opportunity to reflect on healthy lifestyles, screentime limits and personal resolutions.

Mo Farah & Kes Gray
 & Marta Kissi
Picturebook
From Olympic gold medal winner Mo Farah and bestselling author of Oi Frog! , Kes Gray, comes a fun and action-packed picture book that will get kids reading, and running too! So, what are you waiting for? Warm up, do the MOBOT, and then ... Run on the pavement Run on the grass Run in the playground Perhaps not in class! Follow Mo on his madcap adventures as his running skills go from strength to strength. The perfect book to share and read aloud. With vibrant illustrations and a rhyming text.
Catherine Emmett
 & Joe Berger
Picturebook

A fabulous sports-themed picture book with the driving force to follow your dreams no matter what they look like. Beautifully written in rhyme, this is an inclusive book and it is wonderful – but rare – to see girls represented in football in a picture book for younger ages.

Sammy Striker is a girl with a passion for football: she loves it so much she is NEVER without a football. At home, school, come rain or shine and she is always the striker who wins her team the game. But when picked for the county team her skills start to crumble. Her talented strikes miss and her confidence has dipped. When match day comes Sammy is feeling nervous and unsure but she has a challenge to face. Will she turn this game around?

Everyone needs to know that when things get tough, someone will be there for them and put them back on track. Catherine Emmett has done this beautifully representing girls in football and showing them we are all special in our unique way.

Oti Mabuse
 & Samara Hardy
Picturebook
Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse's debut picture book, now in paperback!It’s time for Oti’s dance class! Join Oti in her dance studio and learn “The Bird Jive” in ten easy steps.There are lots of children in Oti’s dance class – and lots of feelings, too. Meet Fikile in her sparkly new shoes and Naira who is SUPER excited to get started! Gan is feeling a little worried about joining in whilst Martin can’t wait to show his parents what he can do! But in the middle of their dance routine, an unexpected visitor disrupts the class. Not to fear, Oti is here! Soon they are back on track, getting ready for the performance of their lives.Written by Strictly Come Dancing superstar Oti Mabuse, this debut picture book will dance into the hands of families who have loved watching Oti on-screen.Watch a step-by-step dance tutorial and listen to "The Bird Jive" when you scan the QR code in the book!
Lisa Edwards
 & Sian Roberts
Picturebook
Kangaroo and his family love keeping fit. This book follows a day in the life of the kangaroos to find out how keeping fit helps them, and it provides lots of advice for its human readers. Information includes the different types of exercise children can try and how to exercise safely.The Healthy Habits series for children aged 4 plus, features key information about how to stay healthy in mind and body, simply told and brought to life through a relatable animal guide alongside bright and gently humorous illustrations. The books have lots of good advice for human children and a little bit of learning about the animal world, to keep things interesting for young animal lovers. Titles in the series:Dog's Guide to Helping Others Sloth's Guide to Keeping Calm Kangaroo's Guide to Keeping Fit Lemur's Guide to Healthy Eating Koala's Guide to Sleep Leopard's Guide to Keeping Fit Panda's Guide to Mental Wellbeing Elephant's Guide to Making Friends

Emily Ann Davison
 & Deborah Allwright
Picturebook

Finding a book that entertains, educates, and imparts valuable life skills is a joy. “Every Bunny is a Yoga Bunny,” written by debut author Emily Ann Davison and beautifully illustrated by Deborah Allwright, is a must-have for educators, parents, and professionals interested in children’s education and well-being.

At the heart of this funny and reassuring picture book is Yo-Yo, a bunny with energy levels many educators and parents will recognise! Yo-Yo is the epitome of a child full of life, unable to sit still, always bouncing and fidgeting, much to the amusement and sometimes exasperation of those around her. The narrative cleverly introduces Yo-Yo’s encounter with yoga through her Grandpa, a scenario that initially seems unlikely to capture her whirlwind of energy.

However, as the story unfolds, Yo-Yo finds herself in a situation that many children can find daunting—lost and alone in a scary place. Through Yo-Yo’s journey, the story explores mindfulness, self-regulation, and the importance of finding calm in our often chaotic lives. The progression from high energy to a soothing, reassuring bedtime ending is masterfully done, providing a narrative arc that mirrors the calming effect yoga can have on both body and mind.

The vibrant illustrations by the award-winning Deborah Allwright bring the tale of Yo-Yo to life with charm and warmth. Including three pages of simple step-by-step yoga instructions is a stroke of genius. This practical application allows children to directly connect with Yo-Yo’s experience, encouraging them to stretch, breathe, and find calm alongside the character. For educators and professionals, this presents a unique opportunity to incorporate mindfulness and physical activity into their classroom setting, therapy, or home environment. It is a fun teaching tool to teach important emotional regulation skills and the basics of yoga in a way that’s accessible and enjoyable for young readers. The story demonstrates the power of yoga to bring peace and self-assurance in times of distress, a lesson that is invaluable for children growing up in a fast-paced and sometimes overwhelming world.

Best children's books about healthy eating

Emily Bone
 & Stefano Tognetti
Non-fiction
From the very first bite, your food goes on an incredible journey inside you. Lift the flaps to find out what happens when you eat fat, sugar, carbohydrates and protein, and what vitamins and minerals do for you. With over 80 flaps to lift, advice on healthy eating and links to websites for more information.
Vivian French
 & Alison Bartlett
Picturebook
Oliver, star of Oliver's Vegetables, is back from his healthy week eating vegetables at his grandpa's house. Suddenly, the fruit at home doesn't seem quite good enough for Oliver. What is his mum to do?
Claire Potter
 & Ailie Busby
Picturebook
An ingenious and entertaining picture book to entice your little fussy eater to look beyond 'beige' and explore a whole new colourful world of food! Mummy's in a bad mood. She's fed up of food like chicken nuggets, pasta, chips, cereal and crisps. Then she has an idea! She's going to take her children to the supermarket to play a game. On Monday she tells them to choose three RED foods, on Tuesday three YELLOW foods, on Wednesday three GREEN foods... Look at all the foods there are to choose from! Which three foods would YOU choose? And how would YOU eat them? This cleverly concocted picture book features deliciously illustrated pages of red, yellow, green, orange and purple foods for your child to choose from. Enjoy the story together and then take your child to the supermarket to play the game in real life! Recommended by paediatric dietitians to help with fussy eating, it's a fun and effective way to coax your child out of their comfort zone and encourage them to go for something new and different. From Claire Potter, the best-selling author of Getting the Little Blighters to Eat, and with gorgeous illustrations from Ailie Busby.
Vivian French
 & Alison Bartlett
Picturebook
This popular picture book tells the story of fussy eater Oliver, who will not eat anything but chips. One day Grandpa sets him a challenge that helps him to learn to try new foods from the vegetable patch and Oliver is surprised by what he finds out.
Lisa Edwards
 & Sian Roberts
Picturebook

This is a fun and informative book from the ‘Healthy Habits’ series that uses animal characters to tell a story and share an important message.

Just like the title says, this book promotes awareness of what food children are putting into their bodies and the importance of eating a balanced diet – all through the eyes of Lemur as we journey through a day in his life.

This book is well suited for KS1 children and would be best shared by a teacher or parent, as a starting point for discussion. The colourful illustrations will grab the attention of younger readers. The final few pages of the text are perfect for use in the classroom – to help summarise the key learning from the story and the glossary also provides child-friendly definitions of some of the more complex vocabulary.


Best children's chapter books about sport and exercise

Eve Ainsworth
 & Luna Valentine
Chapter book

It’s an amazing time to be a female football fan or a player.

Lily has always felt she’s on the edge. On the edge of friendship groups and the edge of her own life looking in. Until one day a teacher inspires her to join the local girl’s football team. Lily usually finds school difficult because she’s shy and anxious, but now beings to find her feet, quite literally, playing football. Her confidence soars and finally she feels she’s part of a team. Despite a teammate and her own inner demons putting her progress in jeopardy, she overcomes the mental challenges and succeeds.

This is a fantastic and well-crafted book. I especially enjoyed the history of women’s football which was referred to after each chapter. Each chapter had a subchapter on icons of women’s football as well as the journey women have had to go through to be taken more seriously, but not yet as seriously as men, on the pitch.

This inspiring book is accessible from age 7 upwards, written in a dyslexia-friendly format with easy vocabulary for all to comprehend. This is a book to be read independently or with their families and one that will inspire future footballers, whether girls or boys, for a long time to come.

Phil Earle
 & Steve May
Chapter book
Ridiculous injuries ... strange illnesses ... cancelled games ... Everything's going wrong for the Saints this season, and Stanley's team-mates believe they finally know why. Their football kit is cursed! But the team's attempts to break the curse take things from bad to worse. Soon, they're ready to call it quits. Stanley's still got some tricks up his sleeve ... but will his curse-cracking ideas save the team in time for the last game of the season?
Sir Chris Hoy
 & Clare Elsom
Chapter book
The first in a fantastically fun, magical cycling adventure series from Sir Chris Hoy. Fergus Hamilton is a boy with a big imagination. Living with his mum and grandad and his dog, Chimp, he dreams of a state-of-the-art Sullivan Swift and becoming the most brilliant boy cyclist in the world. So when he gets a rusty second-hand bike for his ninth birthday he can't help feeling a bit disappointed. But then he discovers something amazing when he takes it for a ride. . . Written with award-winning author Joanna Nadin, with fantastic illustrations from Clare Elsom.
Cheryl Diane Parkinson
Chapter book

It is really refreshing to see a book based around a love of sport – especially cricket – with a female protagonist. Last Girl In features Kerry-Ann, a young girl living in modern-day London, who completely encapsulates her Jamaican heritage.

This is a fairly quick read most suitable for KS2 pupils and one that features themes most pupils can relate to such as rivalry between peers, family links and sporting prowess, alongside themes which some pupils will strongly feel but will be new to others such as experiences of racism, discovering other cultures and feelings of shame.

Kerry-Ann and her friends are huge lovers of cricket and the book centres around their battle for fair use of the cricket ground against the ‘stronger’ athletes. Kerry-Ann has a strong relationship with her family, most notably her Grandfather who is also a big cricket fan and part of the Windrush generation. Teachers should be aware when reading aloud that some characters’ dialogue is strong Jamaican Patois.

This is a good introduction to books set in different timelines and there is an element of magic as Kerry-Ann is transported to the London of her grandfather’s time to experience some of the battles he witnessed. There is enough storyline outside of cricket to hold the attention of those without a sporting interest and the book manages to cover many themes without them seeming ‘shoe-horned’ in for the sake of it. This story is completely and unapologetically immersed in Kerry-Ann’s culture, past and present.

Jason Reynolds
 & Selom Senu
Chapter book
It's not the taking part, it's the winning that counts for Patina!Patty, as she's known to her friends and family, has lost a lot in her life - her dad died when she was young, her mum has lost her legs and now she has to live with her uncle and his wife. On top of that Patty has to go to the poshest school that ever existed. Now her running team has become a relay team and independent "I can do everything by myself" Patty has to work with her team mates to win.

Joe Wicks
 & Kate Sutton
Non-fiction
Learn all about your body and mind in this dynamic new fact-filled children’s book from #1 bestselling author and global fitness phenomenon Joe Wicks!From Joe Wicks – fitness phenomenon and tireless advocate for the power of strong physical and mental health – comes a breakthrough book to get young readers moving and feeling good. Inspiring and motivating, and fully illustrated throughout, Fitter, Healthier, Happier! is an accessible look at the key ingredients to a healthy, happy body: exercise, nutrition, sleep and a healthy mind.With four information-packed chapters, Joe talks readers through everything they need to know about having a healthy body:KNOW YOUR BODY: Why do we need a healthy body? Find out what happens to our heart and lungs when we exercise, and how do our skeleton and muscles help us to run, jump and dance.FUEL YOUR BODY: Join Joe on a tasty tour of everything from carbs to minerals – find out about eating well, nutrition and fuelling your body to ensure you always have plenty of energy.MOVE YOUR BODY: With handy tips and exercises, grow skills such as flexibility, balance and speed, and get an insight into why these are so important to our physical and mental health. Did you know that exercising every day can boost your brain power?FOCUS YOUR BODY: A healthy body and a healthy mind go hand in hand! Joe will help you with top-level tips about finding a sport or exercise you love, getting a good night’s sleep, reducing your stress and worry, and finding a calmer mindset.Written in Joe’s energetic, relatable and motivating voice – which powered so many families through lockdown – this is an informative and fun journey through your body and mind, with plenty of inspiring ideas and activities, and brought to life with amazing black-and-white illustrations by Kate Sutton.
Sally J. Morgan
Non-fiction
Be inspired by the lives of trailblazers past and present in this fun and factual biography series!How did Simone Biles become a superstar athlete and gold medallist? On a daytrip to the local sports centre, Simone discovered her natural talent for gymnastics. She signed up for regular training sessions and was soon performing incredible routines at competitions. Despite a challenging start in life, Simone went on to become one of the world's greatest athletes. Find out how this gymnast toughed it out in training and went on to win four Olympic gold medals.TRAILBLAZERS biographies are packed with little-known trivia, fascinating facts and lively illustrations.

Non-fiction books about physical activity

DK
A vibrant encyclopedia that combines facts and figures with the inspiring stories of sporting legends and icons.This exciting book for children is packed with fun facts about a range of popular sports such as football, karate, badminton, and skiing, as well as ones you might never have heard of like biathlon or cheese rolling. Whether you're a fan of team sports, winter sports, water sports, extreme sports, and even board games such as chess and go, this reference book has it all!My Encyclopedia of Very Important Sport also celebrates the unique talents, lives, and careers of sporting heroes such as Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Yuna Kim, Lin Dan, and Donald Bradman, and chronicles the most celebrated stories in sporting history, such as breaking the Four-minute mile, Nadia Comaneci's Perfect 10, and Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics. Featuring everything from obscure rules and strange equipment, to moments of triumph and sporting events like The World Cup, Superbowl, Olympics, Paralympics, and more - this is the perfect compendium for budding superstars everywhere.
Adam Skinner
 & Mr. Mark Long
Non-fiction
Sportopedia is your ultimate guide to the exhilarating world of sport. Learn amazing facts about all your favourite sports, and discover new ones you may not have come across before. Whether you're into team sports, target sports, track and field, or aquatic sports, this book showcases a diverse array of athletes - male, female, able-bodied and Paralympians - and celebrates the unique talents of sportspeople everywhere, making it a treasure trove for all the family to share. With basic tenets and rules as well as more niche facts all explained, this book serves as a complete encyclopedia to the sporting world. Covering ball sports , such as soccer, rugby, volleyball, lacrosse, rugby and cricket; racket sports such as tennis, table tennis and badminton; athletics and gymnastics ; target sports such as shooting, archery and golf; as well as combat sports such as judo, karate and boxing, this book covers everything from very well known activities to the more niche sporting hobbies such as boccia and kabaddi. Sport-loving kids will find hours of entertainment and fascinating information in this awesome encyclopedia.
Katie Woolley
 & Ryan Wheatcroft
Non-fiction
Why do I have to exercise? Why is it fun to play? The answers to these and many other questions about exercise and play can be discovered in this lively and informative series. The topics of fitness and fun are complemented by charming and humorous illustrations. This book is designed for children to begin to learn about the importance of being healthy, and the ways in which we can look after our bodies to keep fit and well.At the back are notes for parents and teachers that provide additional advice and support as well as further activity ideas and information.

Best children's books about healthy bodies

Steffi Cavell-Clarke
Non-fiction
With this series, you will able to impress your friends with extreme facts on all things science. Discover mind-blowing statistics and hair-raising truths that will leave your friends and family gob-smacked!
DK
Non-fiction
This exciting introduction to the human body is brimming with super senses, marvellous medicine, and record-breaking feats.The world is so much bigger than young minds can fathom and there is always more to learn. My Very Important Human Body is a vibrant encyclopedia for curious 5-9 year olds with a unique approach to the human body. Little learners can easily digest scientific information with this breakdown of how our bodies work and all the complex mechanisms that are inside us.Full of fun facts, colourful illustrations, and games that will keep them entertained, this children's encyclopedia is filled with age-appropriate knowledge on a range of topics that support the curriculum. Get ready for a scientific adventure and investigate the ins and outs of the human body from the top of your head to the tips of your toes!
Anita Ganeri
Non-fiction
A look at how to take care of your amazing bodyYour body is fantastic! You need to look after it well so it will last you through your whole life. Discover how to take care of your body by getting enough rest, eating well and taking enough exercise. But remember you also need to look after your mind and mental health - and this book will show you how.Your Body & You takes a look at our bodies, taking a less strictly scientific and more PSHE-friendly approach and encouraging readers to appreciate just how special their body really is. Core information on nutrition, exercise and sleep is balanced alongside more challenging issues, such as looking after your mental health, body privacy and how to have a positive body image.Titles in the series: Your Body & You: You're Unique! Your Body & You: Looking After Your Body Your Body & You: Growing & Changing Your Body & You: Body Privacy
Libby Walden
 & Ekaterina Trukhan
Non-fiction

This book is a fantastic resource with something in it for all primary-school-aged children. The topics are varied – from telling the children what a body is and naming parts of the body, to specific chapters on the heart, lungs, five senses etc. The book is aimed at children from 4+ and would suit this age group well.

Many of the pages contain technical vocabulary but are aimed at Reception and KS1. The explanations and text are very clear but there is also a further level of detail to explore for those children who are interested in science or the human body, or for older children who will still get something from the book.

The illustrations in the book are simple and very effective. They are clearly labelled and easy for children to understand. All in all, this book is perfect for a classroom non-fiction collection.

Jane Wilsher
 & Andres Lozano
Non-fiction
In this eye-catching book, readers can explore the hidden inner workings of the human body, look inside different organs and body systems and learn about how to look after their own physical and mental health at the same time. Readers use the see-through magic lens to reveal how our bodies function and the different body parts hard at work inside us. Find out how your senses work with your brain to show us the world around us, how doctors and nurses spot diseases and how we turn food into energy... and poo.So pick up the magic lens and take a tour of the marvellous human body!

Best children's books about hygiene and germs

Idan Ben-Barak
 & Julian Frost
Picturebook

A humorous and interactive picture book that explains what microbes are, with images that demonstrate how easy it is for you to pick up and transfer germs when you touch different objects with your fingers. Touch the book to ‘pick up’ Min the Microbe (actually an E-Coli) and imagine transferring her to your teeth, clothes and belly button, while picking up a host of other tiny microbe friends along the way. Readers see each new location for the germs in fascinating zoomed-in photos. This giggle-worthy book caters to all ages and introduces the science of microbes to children in an engaging way – a good choice for school assembly if you have a visualizer to hand. Just don’t let readers really lick it, however tempted they might be!

Katie Daynes
 & Marta Alvarez Miguens
Non-fiction Picturebook
A hardback non-fiction book from Usborne's interactive lift-the-flap series, exploring the topic of germs through bite-sized question-and-answer chunks. Written with advice from Public Health England, it's an attractive book that is useful for addressing queries, 'just-wonderings' and misconceptions about germs. By learning what germs are, where they live and how they behave, young readers can also learn how to prevent germs from spreading between people and the book includes top tips about staying healthy and hygienic.
Dr Emily Grossman
 & Maggie Li
Non-fiction Picturebook

Meet the Microbes is a captivating insight into the tiny creatures that live under our noses and have a massive impact on our lives despite only being visible through a powerful microscope. Through the colourful and lively pages, children will meet a succession of cartoon microbes and learn all about them. They will learn about where they can be found and how they multiply; how they survive in the most extreme of conditions; the jobs that they do and how they might be beneficial to our future.

By the end of the book, they will have reached an understanding that microbes can be both good and bad for our bodies and how we can avoid spreading the less desirable ones. They will be fascinated to find out that mould is formed from microbes and that some of their favourite foods such as yoghurt, fluffy bread and cheese would not exist without them. The language is accessible to younger readers and concepts are explained clearly.

This book would be an excellent accompaniment to science topics or just a great addition to the non-fiction, reading for pleasure offer in the school library.

Mike Henson
 & Barbara Bakos
Picturebook
All the Nonsense in my Teeth is a fantastical, dream-like story about teeth brushing, that takes readers on a journey into the narrator’s imagination and encourages good personal hygiene and following a daily routine.Tonight I brushed my teeth. They really needed a good clean! Oh, let me tell you about all the things that I found in them… There were breakfast hoops and ice cream scoops An aeroplane doing loop the loops An aeroplane, now that’s absurd! Then to my shock... a flock of birds!The charming artwork and sing-song rhyme scheme take readers on an adventure filled with fantastical imagery, as all kinds of things from cyclists doing stunts to an animal brass band are revealed inside the protagonist's mouth as they brush their teeth!With entertaining illustrations from Barbara Bakos, let this wonderful picture book transport you and your children to another world before they go to sleep.
Ben Hubbard
Non-fiction
This book looks at all things toothy! Learn all about the different types of teeth in humans, what their functions are, and how and why we have two sets of teeth. Discover the role that dentists and oral hygienists play in looking after your teeth, find out about braces and what they do, which foods are best and worst for your teeth and much more. Our handy guide to brushing your teeth effectively will help you get your teeth squeaky clean! In fact, this book is so interesting it's sure to be snapped up!

Gwen Lowe
Chapter book
A brilliantly original, fast-paced and funny debut novel - perfect for fans of Roald Dahl! When Alice Dent gets a cold, she has no idea how much trouble it's about to cause. Because this is no ordinary cold: it comes with some seriously weird side-effects. For a start, Alice can't stop giggling and every animal she meets sticks to her like glue! But when the mysterious Best Minister for Everything Nicely Perfect and his scary masked henchmen come to take her away, Alice realizes her troubles are only just beginning ...
Steve Mould
Non-fiction

A favourite non-fiction pick from our 50 Recommended Reads for Year 5 booklist, this a suitable book for helping children aged 7-11 to learn about the science of bacteria, viruses and microbes. The book is packed with information, diagrams and photographs covering different areas of microbiology in a child-friendly way, including how germs behave, why microbes are important, how viral infections spread and how our bodies fight viruses.

Martha E. Rustad
Non-fiction
Say cheese! Good dental hygiene is an important way to stay healthy. With engaging text and colorful photos, readers learn good habits for heathy teeth. Care for Your Teeth includes a glossary, read more section, kid-friendly internet sites, and an index.

Best children's about healthy minds and self-esteem

Emily Coxhead
Picturebook

Find Your Happy is a bright, welcoming book that is bound to get children talking about emotions. Despite being called ‘find your happy’, the book recognises that it is sometimes hard to feel happy all of the time and that every day can be different. It gives honest advice and easy ways to cheer yourself up that do not involve the more common methods that can sometimes be suggested (for example playing on electronics and playing games).

A variety of emotions are mentioned in this book, including anger, worry and shyness. Each emotion comes with small tips and tricks that any individual child could easily use in real life to help make themselves feel better and to also help them to embrace the emotion. In particular, the page about feeling sad and the encouragement given to talk to someone trusted is a particularly important one that could strike up many conversations and support children’s emotional literacy.

The wording and designs of each page are colourful, engaging and fun, making the book easy to follow. The motif of a sloth animal running throughout each page is also a nice addition, adding subtle humour and sure to be a hit with children. It will no doubt leave readers with a heart-warming feeling inside and lots of great advice that they can use when understanding and dealing with different emotions.

Dr Roopa Farooki
 & Viola Wang
Non-fiction
A new series on a hugely popular topic – the human body! First up, award-winning writer Dr Roopa Farooki explores the wonderful workings of the BRAIN.Every second of every day, something is happening in every tiny bit of your body, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet... And if you think of your body as a machine, your BRAIN would be the control room – with billions of buttons for all kinds of incredibly important jobs.With words by medical doctor and writer of acclaimed memoir Everything Is True, Roopa Farooki, and pictures by award-winning artist Viola Wang, this book explores how different bits of the brain work and (just as importantly) how they work TOGETHER... As well as sharing handy tips for looking after your brain!
Kelechi Okafor
 & Michaela Dias-Hayes
Picturebook

Strong Like Me is a beautifully illustrated text with a strong female protagonist. The illustrations represent a diverse range of pupils from primary schools across the UK with experiences pupils can relate to such as Sports Day and swimming lessons. The main character, Kamara, has been brought up always believing she is strong in every sense of the word and clearly has strong female role models such as her charismatic Aunt. However, she begins to worry that she shouldn’t be so confident in her strength and the story develops to teach her that everyone shines in different ways and you mustn’t allow others to dim your light. This would be a lovely text to promote SMSC themes and support PSHE lessons in Key Stage One.

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