Nominated by lots of you! Including Parent Governor/Vice-Chair of PTA Celia (@Cecilmgo), Year 1 Teacher Dean Boddington (@MisterBodd) and Early Years Practitioner Maxine Farrant (@picturebookbox).
Celia says: "This is a picture book that belongs in all school libraries or classrooms... about how important it is to tell someone if you have a worry. So much discussion can be had around this book, which is beautifully illustrated and uses colour brilliantly to reflect Ruby’s mood. Such an important book, both as a very basic introduction to mental health (talk and tell) and as a book with diverse characters."
Dean says: "This is one of the most important books to share with young people. It teaches them about sharing their troubles rather than letting them spiral out of control. I've shared with classes and in assembly and the kids love it. Such a beautiful book and a pertinent message. Percival is a genius!"
Maxine says: "Ruby's Worry is arguably the most accessible mental-health themed picture book that my class have come across. Percival depicts a 'worry' with a yellow orb that appears next to Ruby one day and continues to grow when she ignores the shadow-like entity, simply hoping that the worry will disappear of its own accord. When she meets another child with their own 'worry' and asks them about their feelings, she realises how to rid herself of worries... she needs to talk about them! This book has sparked meaningful class discussions, supporting pupils to understand that 'it's okay to not be okay'."