Marcus Rashford's children's book reaches no.1
Marcus Rashford has reached no.1 on the UK’s chart for bestselling children’s books.
You Are a Champion, written by our no.10 and journalist Carl Anka, has swept to success since being published on 27 May, and is now the country’s leading children’s book.
Full of stories from Marcus’s life, and packed with advice and tips from Rashford and psychologist Katie Warriner, it aims to help kids achieve their dreams using positivity and inspiration.
In addition, Rashford has partnered with publishers Macmillan to launch the Marcus Rashford Book Club, which will see 50,000 books donated across 850 schools in the UK, to help disadvantaged children get the chance to read more.
At 208 pages, You Are a Champion: How to Be the Best You Can Be – to give the book its full title – is dedicated to “every young person who is trying to find their way”.
It has been warmly received by critics, too. One review wrote: “This is an empowering read touching on the themes of building confidence, setting goals and finding your passion. Rashford starts the book by saying it’s one he wished he had growing up, and many adults reading alongside their children will agree with this sentiment.
“It gives an interesting insight into Marcus Rashford’s personality – his love for puns, tendency to play ‘knock a door and run’ as a child and just why his first nickname was Shot – making it a thoroughly enjoyable read for both children and adults alike.”
Rashford’s book club starts this month, with the ambition of sharing creative literacy from all backgrounds.
Pooja Puri’s A Dinosaur Ate My Sister is the first work to be picked by the series, which will deliver further instalments in 2022 and 2023.
Macmillan’s Children’s Books have also teamed up with children’s food charity Magic Breakfast, who provide healthy breakfasts to 170,000 children each day. The free books gifted by Rashford and Macmillan’s book club will be divided between the primary schools the Magic Breakfast currently supports.
“For too long, the joy of reading has been restricted by whether or not a family has the contingency budget to purchase books. The children who often miss out are those on free school meals and users of breakfast clubs, who more than likely need fiction, and non-fiction, to escape reality from time to time. We haven’t been affording these children the option of reading for fun but that changes today.
“Everyone is aware of my experiences with breakfast club — it brightened up the start of my day, it stabilised the school day for me, allowed me to engage in reading and allowed me to form life-long friendships. I’m really happy to be partnering with Magic Breakfast to get our books in the hands of children that need them most.”