Booklist: Children's Books about Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history and 2022 marks her Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years of service as Queen. From coronations and corgis to jewels and jubilees, we've put together a list of recommended children's books to help to learn more about Queen Elizabeth II and to use alongside your jubilee celebrations....
The Queen's Wardrobe: The Story of Queen Elizabeth II and Her Clothes
Julia Golding & Kate Hindley
An illustrated non-fiction text exploring the life of Queen Elizabeth II, told through her clothes and jewellery.
Did you know the Queen's crown weighs as much as a bag of potatoes? Or that she has her own tartan nobody else is allowed to wear?
This book brings to life the story of a young princess who grew into one of the world's best-loved and most famous royals, touching on wartime truck-fixing, ration-book wedding dress making, splendid gowns, trusty wellies, the Crown Jewels and jumping out of a helicopter with James Bond.
Our Queen Elizabeth: Her Extraordinary Life from the Crown to the Corgis
Kate Williams & Helen Shoesmith
A colourful, charming picture book by historian Kate Williams, taking young readers on an amazing journey through Queen Elizabeth II's seven decades on the throne.
Discover everything there is to know about the life and the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II in this beautifully illustrated book. Readers will learn all about Elizabeth II's youth growing up during WWII, how she came to the throne and what it really means to be the Queen. Along the way, they'll see her sparkling crown jewels and magnificent palaces. They will meet her beloved corgis, horses and of course, her very famous family. Plus they'll discover lots of amazing facts - such as why she has two birthdays, always wears bright clothing, and is a world record breaker!
This is a perfect gift for all the family, celebrating the extraordinary life of Queen Elizabeth II - from the Crown to the Corg
The Queen's Hat
A sudden gust of wind sets of a marvellous London adventure for the Queen, the Queen's men and one very special hat. Follow one determined, dare-devil queen through London Zoo, over Tower Bridge and up Big Ben ... just where will that hat land?
Featuring favourite London landmarks, including Tower Bridge, Big Ben and London Zoo.
The Queen's Knickers
Nicholas Allan & Sue Buswell
It's a busy year for the Queen - she has lots of important events to attend. Meanwhile, a little girl is wondering what knickers Her Majesty will choose to wear on a school visit! Will they be her 'at home' knickers - adorned with corgis - or her 'garden party' knickers, or perhaps her woolly Balmoral ones...?
There Once is a Queen
Michael Morpurgo & Michael Foreman
From the Nation’s Favourite Storyteller Sir Michael Morpurgo comes a poetic celebration of our Queen and longest reigning monarch, beautifully illustrated in watercolour by acclaimed artist Michael Foreman and published in commemoration of the Platinum Jubilee.
There once was a little girl, born a princess. While she was still a young woman, she became a queen, our Queen Elizabeth. Now, seventy years later, her reign as the longest serving female monarch in history has seen her stand steadfast through triumph and tribulation, and through the monumental changes that have shaped our world. This remarkable queen has remained devoted to crown, to country . . . and a corgi or two!
Beginning with the queen as a little girl, planting an oak tree with her father, There Once is a Queen follows her incredible story in a way that will bring this historic reign vividly to life for readers, big and small, around the globe.
Queen Elizabeth II
Sally Morgan, Sarah Papworth & Mike Phillips
Read all about the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-reigning monarch. From her childhood years in London, to training as a mechanic in the Second World War and becoming queen at 25, learn lesser-known facts about this true icon, including all about the queen's secret handbag signals! Peppered with black-and-white illustrations, this is an accessible chapter book biography aimed at Key Stage 2.
Paddington at the Palace
Michael Bond & R. W. Alley
When Mr Gruber takes Paddington to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard, there are so many people in the way he can’t see a thing. Luckily, a mysterious someone ‘on high’ appears to like small bears.
This picturebook featuring a familiar favourite bear captures the experience of visiting Buckingham Palace as a tourist, watching the Changing of the Guard and seeking to get a glimpse of the Queen at her home.
Little Elizabeth: The Young Princess Who Became Queen
Valerie Wilding & Pauline Gregory
An illustrated picturebook-style non-fiction guide to the life of Elizabeth II, focussing on her younger years.
Once, a very long time ago, there was a little Princess called Elizabeth (or Lilibet as her family liked to call her) who loved to play and have fun with her horses, dogs and little sister, Margaret. But when she was ten years old, her life changed forever. From growing up during the Second World War and training as an army mechanic, to celebrating VE day with the people of Britain and marrying Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh - the man she truly loved - this is the amazing true story of a little girl who became Queen Elizabeth II.
Squishy McFluff: Tea with the Queen
Pip Jones & Ella Okstad
The first ever SquishyMcFluff picturebook sees Ava and her invisible cat go to Buckingham Palace to visit the Queen. A day out with Squishy could never be boring! When Squishy and Ava go on a trip to London, they can't resist the chance to explore the palace, but when they accidentally find the Queen, will she be able to see how wonderful Squishy is? A gentle adventure for young children, with loveable characters and a chance to imagine having tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Everyone know that Britain has a Queen, but who is she and what does she do? How do you become a Queen and who will be Head of State next? This book answers these questions as well as looking at the roles of other royal family members.
A timeline at the back of the book shows the full history of the British Royal Family. A colour non-fiction title for children aged 7 and up who are interested in learning about the modern British Royal Family.