The Smallest Girl in the Class

The Smallest Girl in the Class

By Author / Illustrator

Justin Roberts, Christian Robinson


Personal Growth

Age range(s)



Pan Macmillan




Paperback / softback




An inspiring and empowering rhyming story that's a joy to read aloud, all about the power of children to change the world.  Sally McBrass is the smallest girl in the youngest class - but Sally knows you don't have to be big to be strong. From kites stuck up trees to howling dogs to stray cats in the car park, little Sally notices things that others don't, and when she sees people being mean at school, she is brave enough to speak up.

The Smallest Girl in the Class by Justin Roberts and Christian Robinson is a moving and gorgeously illustrated story about bravery and changing the world for the better. The perfect book to build empathy and start discussions about kindness with young children.



The Smallest Girl in the Class is about a kind, thoughtful girl called Sally who notices everything, but nobody notices her. We accompany her through her school day as she notices everything from an abandoned kite to the 27 keys on the caretaker's ring. However, she also notices when children push and hurt each other and how they stare and ignore her. Having had enough she starts a change in her school and encourages her peers to join in too.

This lovely rhyming text explores Sally's observations and the changes she wants to happen in her school and life. We all need a Sally who stands up to help others and stands for kindness. A great book to use for PSHE and to discuss friendships and kindness.

Picture book / Reviewed by Maria, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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