Sunday Skating

Andrea Rowe, Hannah Sommerville (illus.)

Sunday Skating
Hardie Grant Children's Publishing
7 June 2023

Sunday Skating

Andrea Rowe, Hannah Sommerville (illus.)

Clancy’s friends skate through the quiet Sunday streets, while Clancy feels self-conscious, and embarrassed, that he’s just a beginner. His board stays tucked under his arm; his feet stay firmly on the ground. 

But his friends aren’t giving up on him and Clancy realises the only way forward is to step on his board and try … even if he might fall.

Andrea Rowe and Hannah Sommerville transport us back to the world of their award-winning picture book, Jetty Jumping, with a story about self-doubt, courage and the power of friendship.


It’s a gorgeous weekend day and lots of kids are out and about on wheels. Everyone is doing cool moves and fun tricks, but Clancy stands aside with his skateboard, not feeling very confident. Plenty of inspiration and encouragement from his friends might turn out to be what he needs though.

This is a gentle and positive story about the joy of overcoming fears to try out a new activity. Skateboards, scooters and skates are wildly popular among the picture-book crowd and the scenes and themes in this book will feel very familiar and relatable to young readers. It’s a beautiful celebration of Sundays. Is there any greater joy than spending a lovely, leisurely day with friends that support us?

Sunday Skating is a follow-on from the much-loved picture book Jetty Jumping and will also be loved by ages 3+.

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