To mark World Book Day 2021, we are partnering with Thrive Edinburgh to bring to life two stories, Chicken Legs’ Arroyo and Ruby’s Worry.

The two stories are designed to support young children (aged 3 – 7 years old) and parents discuss childhood worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be.

World Book Day 2021 book readings
The book readings will be available to watch from this page on Thursday 4 March at 10am. You can register your interest and receive updates about the book readings using the Eventbrite form below.

Register via Eventbrite.

About Chicken Legs’ Arroyo
Written and illustrated by Jenny Lucas

Chicken Legs’ Arroyo is a charming story of bravery, perseverance and the power of friendship during challenging times, to be enjoyed by the whole family.

It is written by lawyer-turned-illustrator, Jenny Lucas, inspired by and in memory of her close friends’ daughter Maisie, who died in September 2020 from a very rare form of childhood cancer.

Sales of the book have already raised more than £5,000 for Scottish children’s cancer charity, LoveOliver, which has supported Maisie’s family during their hardest times. Jenny was recently given a Points of Light award with a letter from the Prime Minster, commending the book and money raised.

To purchase and explore more information about the book visit

World Book Day discount

Parents and teachers, take advantage of a special discount on purchases of the book for World Book Day. Use the code WBD2021 for 10% off the price of a book. The discount will be taken from the printing costs of the book and covered by the author, so the LoveOliver donation amount will remain the same.

About Ruby’s Worry
Written and illustrated by Tom Percival

Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first, it’s not such a big worry, and that’s all right, but then it starts to grow.

It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again?

Ruby’s Worry is a perceptive and poignant story that is a must-have for all children’s bookshelves. From Tom Percival’s bestselling Big Bright Feelings series, this is the perfect book for discussing childhood worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be.

To purchase and explore more information about Ruby’s Worry visit Bloomsbury’s website.