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Celebrate World Book Day with Emily Haworth-Booth’s books

Reading is power and knowledge and so to celebrate World Book Day we’re offering group learning resources for Emily Haworth-Booth’s two picture books! Whether exploring government propaganda in The King Who Banned the Dark or talking about our relationship with the natural world and each other in The Last Tree, Emily’s stories are great conversation starters, especially in the classroom!



The King Who Banned the Dark


An illuminating tale of power, rebellion, darkness and light.

There was once a little boy who was afraid of the dark. There’s nothing unusual about that. Most children are afraid of the dark at one time of another. But this little boy was a Prince, and he decided that when he became King, he would do something about the dark.

He would ban it.

When the King bans the dark completely, installing an artificial sun, and enforcing “anti-dark” laws, it seems like a good idea. The citizens don’t need to worry about any of the scary things that might live in the dark.

But what happens when nobody can sleep, and the citizens revolt? Will the King face his fears and turn the lights off?

The King Who Banned the Dark is a beautiful and thought-provoking story about how we need the dark in order to enjoy the light.




The Last Tree

An inspiring tale about community and our relationship with the environment and nature.

Once upon a time a group of friends were seeking a place to call home. The desert was too hot, the valley was too wet and the mountain was too windy.

Then they found the forest. It was perfect. The leaves gave shelter from the sun and rain, and a gentle breeze wound through the branches.

But the friends soon wanted to build shelters. The shelters became houses, then the houses got bigger.  All too soon they wanted to control the environment and built a huge wooden wall around the community.

As they cut down the trees, the forest becomes thinner, until there is just one last tree standing.

It is down to the children to find a solution.




About the Author


Emily Haworth-Booth is an award-winning author, illustrator and educator who teaches at the Royal Drawing School in London, England. Alongside her children’s picture books, Emily is currently working on a long-form graphic memoir for adults. Her short comics have previously appeared in print in the Observer and Vogue. Along with her sister, Alice Haworth-Booth, she is an activist with Extinction Rebellion.




  • The Last Tree Resource Pack for Book Groups & Key Stage 2 Teachers

    The Last Tree is an arresting tale that feels both timeless and timely for the current environmental and political climate. Browse our Resource Pack for Key Stage 2 Teachers here.

  • Download The King Who Banned The Dark Activity Pack

    This royal activity pack includes a word search, colouring sheets, and a spot the difference game among much more!

  • The King Who Banned the Dark KS2 Teaching & Book Group resources

    This pack includes discussion points and activities designed for use with KS2 children (aged 7-11 years).

  • The King Who Banned the Dark KS1 Teaching & Book Group resources

    This pack includes questions for guided reading and activities linked to National Curriculum topics designed for use with KS1 children (aged 5-7 years).

  • The Last Tree Resource Pack for Book Groups & Key Stage 1 Teachers