Author and illustrator Rachel Bright and medical doctor and cookery writer Rupy Aujla are collaborating on a social media project, pairing healthy recipes and picture book recommendations.
Designed to "bring together the worlds of mental and physical health, and food and stories, for families and children", each week using the hashtag #BookswithBreakfast Aujla is recommending "healthy" and "delicious", family-friendly recipes which Bright has paired with a "fun and thought-provoking" picture book recommendations, reading the story live on her Instagram channel at 6 p.m. every Friday. The campaign will continue every weekend until 19th September.
Bright said: “I am just so excited about this meeting of minds. We have a simple goal – to give inspiration to as many people as possible to start the day in a positive and fun-filled way for all the family. It’s never too early to introduce the power of a great morning routine for children – it can make the whole day go better – and when you give your body AND your mind super-fuel, who knows where they will take you!”
Aujla said: "Having a delicious breakfast and an inspirational book to listen to is a fantastic routine to instil at a young age. I have fond memories of sitting around a table with my family growing up and I hope we can continue this tradition in our busy modern lives. Food is an incredibly important foundation for good physical and mental health and, as a doctor, I could not be more passionate about creating a positive food culture."
Featured books include Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees (Orchard Books, part of Hachette Children’s Group), Banana! By Ed Vere (Puffin), This Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton (Orchard Books), Oh! The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss (HarperCollins Children’s Books), Supertato by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet (Simon & Schuster) and also some of Rachel’s own titles, including Love Monster & The Last Chocolate (HarperCollins Children’s Books), The Worrysaurus (Orchard Books,), illustrated by Chris Chatterton, and The Lion Inside (Orchard Books), illustrated by Jim Field.
Those interested in the campaign can follow it on Instagram at @RachelBrightBooks and @Doctors_Kitchen.
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