“We All Have Worries!”
by Traci Swain
Tom Percival, the author-illustrator behind Perfectly Norman, Ravi’s Roar, and more books for kids, views his book Ruby Finds a Worry as a reminder to himself to be open with others about how he’s feeling—especially when he sees a Worry growing bigger and bigger in the foreground!
“It’s the simple truth that talking about your concerns helps you to deal with them!” Tom says in this exclusive interview.
Watch Tom’s interview with your class and learn about:
• The books that inspired and transported Tom when he was a kid (that you should read or share with fellow bookworms too!)
• Tom’s journey to writing stories for kids—and how he started by chipping away at simple “ideas that gradually became more and more like picture books”
• His thoughts on telling stories—and why anyone can be a storyteller
If you liked this interview, please share it with friends, family, and anyone interested in reassuring picture books on Facebook and Instagram! And if you’re looking for activities based on the book, head over to Cooked Up from a Book, where kids can express their own worries and learn how to talk through them with a friend—just like Ruby.
Tom Percival is the author and illustrator of the Big Bright Feelings picture books, including Ravi’s Roar, Ruby Finds a Worry, and Perfectly Norman, in addition to Herman’s Letter, Herman’s Vacation, and Bubble Trouble. He is also the author of Goat’s Coat (illustrated by Christine Pym) He writes and illustrates in his native United Kingdom, where he lives in a town called Stroud with his family.
Photo credit: © Jeremiah Collis