Royal Reads to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee!
There are lots of great children’s books out there to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee – so many great characters, formats and imaginative ideas, there’s something for absolutely everyone. Here are some of our faves:
The Queen by Richard Brassey (Orion, £4.99 pb) An ultra-accessible look at Queen Elizabeth II’s life as a child and work as Queen for sixty years. Full of quirky illustrations and fascinating glimpses into her vocation, her family and her likes and dislikes, this is a perfect book to help youngsters understand the significance of the Diamond Jubilee.
Horrid Henry Meets the Queen by Francesca Simon (Orion, paperback £4.99) For all Horrid Henry fans out there. The Queen is coming to visit Horrid Henry”s school. The real live Queen! Henry can’t believe it. But when Miss Battle-Axe puts him in the back row, Henry is furious. Now how is he meant to find out how many TVs she has? Somehow Henry has to get himself noticed – and show the Queen just how horrid he can be . . .
A newly illustrated version for younger readers, divided into easily digestible chapters. (Previously published as a single story in Horrid Henry Meets the Queen).
Princess Poppy is so excited! It’s the annual dress-up parade and this year the theme is royalty. She can’t wait to get her glad rags on. But there’s a lot to do before the fun can begin and everyone must muck in – including Poppy. The trouble is she keeps getting distracted . . .
Find out whether everything will be ready in time for the parade to go ahead.
With royal fancy dress, the Honeypot Hill Olympics and a super street party, this Poppy book is absolutely bursting with perfect princess fun.
The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allan (Red Fox, £5.99 pb) Everyone can see the Queen’s smart coats and dresses, but what does she wear underneath, particularly for a school visit?
Through the eyes of a little girl hoping for a school visit by the Queen, the range of royal underwear is revealed in all its regal glory – from garden party and Christmas speech knickers to the VIP (Very Important Pair) for the opening of Parliament, this funny book will delight children, adults and knicker-wearers everywhere!
Me, The Queen and Christopher by Giles Andreae & Tony Ross (Orchard Books, £4.99 pb) What happens when a seven-year-old girl gets an invitation to have tea at Buckingham Palace with the Queen? Nothing ordinary, if the girl is Freya. We learn that the Queen likes to boogie, eats beans on toast (with the inevitable result) but is also compassionate and understanding.
Told with Giles Andreae’s trademark warmth and humour, but with an added poignancy when the Queen meets Christopher, Freya’s brother.
Katie in London (Orchard Books, £5.99 pb) Imagine a friendly lion showing you the sights of London! When Katie and her cousin Jack visit London with Grandma, they don’t think there’s much to see and do. At Trafalgar Square they meet a talking stone lion, and he takes them on a wonderful tour of the city taking in such sights as The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye!
Rainbow Magic: Elizabeth the Jubilee Fairy by Daisy Meadows (Orchard Books, £4.99 pb) Elizabeth the Jubilee Fairy is in charge of making every jubilee perfect! But when Jack Frost steals Elizabeth’s Diamond Sceptre, both fairy and human celebrations are headed for catastrophe. Can Kirsty and Rachel help Elizabeth find the sceptre so kings and queens everywhere can celebrate in style?
HM Queen Elizabeth II: Diamond Jubilee (Ladybird, £4.99 hb) A very special Ladybird souvenir edition to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen’s 60-year reign has seen many changes but her reputation as the world’s most famous and beloved monarch continues to this day.
Read about her early childhood, coronation, family life, and the way she has shaped the modern monarchy over the last sixty years. There are also fascinating facts about the number of Prime Ministers and leaders she’s known, all the countries visited, her official portraits and more!
Diamond Jubilee Royals Dress-Up Dolly Book (Ladybird, £5.99 pb) What better way to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee than by dressing her and members of the Royal Family in an array of royal outfits? This fun paper doll book features a range of clothing options so that you can help Her Majesty look her regal best for this very special year. Also included are dress-up dolls of some of Ma’am’s nearest and dearest, from Prince Philip to those lovable little corgis.
Peppa Pig: Peppa Meets the Queen (Ladybird, paperback £4.99) Join your favourite slightly bossy little pig, as Peppa meets the Queen. A perfect storybook to share with your little piggies at home in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee!
Charlie and Lola: We Completely Must Go to London (Puffin, £6.99 pb) Charlie has this little sister Lola. Today they are visiting London on a school trip. Lola says, “London is extremely huge and very BUSY…I can’t wait!” Join Charlie and Lola as they take in all of London’s most famous and best sights. There’s plenty to see so tick off all the places they visit on your own extremely good London map AND tell everyone about your trip with free London postcards.