Our author and illustrator of the week are Simon Mugford and Dan Green
Are you loving Euro 2020 so far?! Good news - you can read all about one of the tournament's BIGGEST stars, super striker Marcus Rashford, in our FREE book Rashford Rules by Simon Mugford and Dan Green!
Find out how the duo create the books about all your favourite players in an exclusive video with Simon - and stay to the end to see Dan show you how to draw the brilliant Belgian midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne! There are also drawing activities, reading recommendations and a Q&A!
For more footie-themed book recommendations and your chance to WIN a copy of Rashford Rules among others, please visit Words for Life.
Visit the National Literacy Trust website to win a copy of Marcus Rashford's book You are a Champion: How to Be The Best You Can Be and access to an exclusive interview with Marcus!
If you enjoy reading this book, your local library service has loads more ebooks to borrow for FREE. Ask your parents to help you join.
And for more reading fun including book recommendations, mini challenges, games and more, why not sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge
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Simon Mugford and Dan Green's recommended reads
We were big fans of comics when we were kids, especially The Beano. We still have our Dennis and Gnasher fan club badges!
You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodheart
Simon: This was my daughter’s very favourite book when she was little. We read it together over and over again and there was always something new to laugh about.
Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs
Kids love it because of all the snot, slime and other disgusting details. Adults appreciate it as a work of art with a social and political message. Genius.
Q&A with Simon Mugford and Dan Green
If you could be a storybook character, who would you be?
Danny from Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World. He got to do lots of grown-up (and very naughty) things like stealing a car and poaching. What 8-year-old didn’t aspire to that?
What is the best thing about reading?
We like books that make you laugh and books that tell you facts and interesting information. If they do both, even better! Reading non-fiction helps you find things out and develop your own ideas about the world. Stories unleash your imagination, so they’re good, too!
What is your all-time favourite book?
What a question! Can we have two? The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It's a book (then more books) that began as a radio show and became a TV series, a video game and so on. Hilarious, incredibly clever and way ahead of its time.
The Framley Examiner. This book started as the website of a pretend newspaper. It’s even sillier than it sounds and is the funniest book ever written.
What can you do to get better at reading?
Start by reading the stuff that you enjoy, then give other things a go. Reading the same things as your friends can be fun, too. Remember, that it doesn’t matter if it’s a football sticker album or a comic – it’s still reading.