The ultimate guide to the Marcus Rashford Book Club books

Children’s books that inspire and engage, recommended by iconic international football player and child food poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford MBE. Discover all of the Marcus Rashford Book Club choices here.

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Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford MBE is famous worldwide for his achievements both on and off the pitch – but before he was a Manchester United and England footballer, and long before he started his inspiring campaign to end child food poverty, he was just an ordinary kid from Wythenshawe, South Manchester.

Marcus read his first book at the age of seventeen, and credits this with changing the direction of his life.

‘I only started reading at seventeen, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality. I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table.’
Marcus Rashford

In June 2021, Marcus launched The Marcus Rashford Book Club, in collaboration with Macmillan Children's Books. With MCB, Marcus chooses and recommends books he thinks children will enjoy, with the aim of encouraging and nurturing an early love of reading.

At the heart of the book club is the ambition to get books into the hands of the children who need them most, particularly those from underprivileged backgrounds and in vulnerable environments. A survey by the National Literacy Trust in 2019 showed that 383,775 children do not own a single book.

Earlier this year, The Marcus Rashford Book Club, in partnership with children's food charity, Magic Breakfast, gifted 50,000 copies of A Dinosaur Ate My Sister, written by Pooja Puri and illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan, to children via their partner schools. In October, 50,000 copies of Silas and the Marvellous Misfits by Tom Percival were gifted in partnership with Magic Breakfast, and sponsored by BT.

‘There were times where the escapism of reading could have really helped me. I want this escapism for all children. Not just those that can afford it. We know there are over 380,000 children across the UK today that have never owned a book, children that are in vulnerable environments. That has to change.’
Marcus Rashford

The Marcus Rashford Book Club books, chosen for their ability to inspire, empower and delight, will equip young readers for any obstacles or adversities they may face and allow them to relate to characters by ensuring that people of all races, religions and genders are represented within them.

‘No matter where you grow up, talent should be recognised and championed. Under the Marcus Rashford Book Club young writers, illustrators and creatives will be seen and they will be offered a platform to shine.’
Marcus Rashford

Here, we share all of the Marcus Rashford Book Club books chosen so far, and more information about Marcus’s own book, co-written with journalist Carl Anka, You Are a Champion.

Marcus Rashford Book Club books:

A Dinosaur Ate My Sister

by Pooja Puri

Book cover for A Dinosaur Ate My Sister

Illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan

Ages: 7+

A Dinosaur Ate My Sister is the first book selected for the Marcus Rashford Book Club.

Esha Verma, her snotty apprentice Broccoli and his cunning pet tortoise have a dream. They are going to win the legendary Brain Trophy – the ultimate inventing prize. This year's entry: A TIME MACHINE. But the day before the competition, Esha's IGNORAMUS big sister hijacks the time machine and gets lost in the Cretaceous age.

In this laugh-out-loud, fully-illustrated time travel adventure, Esha and Broccoli will have to face hungry dinosaurs, mysterious black holes and malfunctioning inventions to get them back in time . . .

‘I'm proud to have Pooja join us . . . She writes in a way that is engaging, escapist and authentic. Pooja is super talented and I'm a big fan, and I'm sure that the recipients of her book A Dinosaur Ate My Sister will soon be fans of hers too. ’
Marcus Rashford

Silas and the Marvellous Misfits

by Tom Percival

Book cover for Silas and the Marvellous Misfits

Ages: 7+

Silas and the Marvellous Misfits is the second book selected in the Marcus Rashford Book Club.

Erika has a BIG secret. She’s a member of the Dream Defenders – a top-secret organisation that banishes your worries while you sleep!

And tonight they're on a mission to rescue Erika's best friend Silas from the clutches of the evil Glooms – creatures who want everyone in the dream world to look and think exactly the same way!

Can the Dream Defenders save Silas and help him to see that being a misfit can be a truly marvellous thing?

This action-packed adventure that shows kids the joy of being themselves is the third book in the Dream Defenders series.

‘Encouraging children to find joy in, and celebrate, their differences is so powerful in today's society. Tom inspires this mindset in the most fun, engaging, action-packed way. I would have loved to read this book as a child! ’
Marcus Rashford

Stay up to date with the Marcus Rashford Book Club on Instagram here: @MarcusRashfordBookClub.

You Are a Champion

by Marcus Rashford

Book cover for You Are a Champion

with Carl Anka

‘I want to show you how you can be a champion in almost anything you put your mind to.’

Written with journalist Carl Anka, You Are a Champion is packed full of stories from Marcus’s own life, brilliant advice and top tips from performance psychologist Katie Warriner. It will show kids how to be the very BEST that they can be, how to be comfortable with who they are, get out of their comfort zone and find their own voice. The perfect book to inspire reluctant readers and bookworms alike, this positive guide for life will help children achieve their dreams. 

‘Believe in YOU and success will happen. Trust me. Live the dream. ’
Marcus Rashford