David’s Bin Day by Sue Wickstead

I am always on the lookout for new books to share with my girls, who are 2 and 4, and I liked the fact that this one had more of a classic and child-like look to it.


What happens on a Wednesday morning?
As the bin lorry clatters down the street a little boy is watching with interest.
Just like them David is wearing his brightly coloured bobble hat.
He is ready to play.
But where does everything disappear to?
And what happened to Daddy’s important letter?

My thoughts:

This is definitely a fun and engaging read for young children. I loved how it made the binman’s job sound exciting and heroic. If there’s one thing that the pandemic has taught us a society, it’s that we can’t take essential workers and services for granted, so it was nice to see them have the limelight in this book.

David is a great character and reflects lots of attributes that we often see in young children: busy, mischievous and loves role play.

My children also love role play and this book encouraged them to think more about broadening the role plays that they do, as well as the importance of ensuring rubbish goes in the bin, and putting things safe so they don’t “accidentally” go in the “bin” like this story.

I also loved the illustrations. They were colourful, aided the story and I also loved the fact that they took up a whole page. This definitely helped to engage my youngest daughter especially.

A wonderful read for young children and their families, with a great message and a brilliant main character!