This unit addresses the NSW English K-2 syllabus, published in 2021, available for trialling from 2022, with implementation mandatory by 2023. It is offered to teachers as a demonstration of how an English unit can attend to the skills-based nature of this syllabus while maintaining a strong concept-based focus. The unit shows how quality literature – in particular here, two outstanding picture books which won awards at the CBCA book awards in 2021, No! Never! and We love you, Magoo – can be used to help teach foundation language and literacy knowledge and skills as well as engage students in the intellectual challenge of concept-based learning. While the key concepts in this unit are narrative and character, narrative is a stronger focus.