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Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-reigning monarch in British history and we were saddened to hear of her passing after 70 years of service as Queen. From coronations and corgis to jewels and jubilees, we’ve put together a list of the best children’s books to help to learn more about Queen Elizabeth II…

Through these thoughtfully selected children’s books, we aim to provide an engaging and educational journey that helps young minds learn more about the history of Queen Elizabeth II and the pivotal moments in her reign. From stories of royal life to inspiring accounts of her steadfast dedication to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, these books offer an enriching perspective on Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable reign and her enduring impact on history. We also have a separate list of children’s books about King Charles III.

This selection of recommended children’s books embraces the Queen’s remarkable legacy, providing an opportunity for young readers to connect with her incredible journey and the enduring significance of her reign.

 

Picturebook

A hilarious story of everyone’s favourite bear, Paddington – now a major movie star!

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 anything! Luckily a mysterious someone ‘on high’ appears to like small bears…

Non-fiction

The incredible true story of a young and brilliant Princess who grew up to become our Queen.

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.

With fantastically fun, charming and playful illustrations by Pauline Reeves, this picture book will amaze and entertain young readers.

Picturebook

From the funniest voice in young fiction today, our first ever Squishy picture book 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?

Non-fiction

Everyone knows 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.

For children aged 7 and up who are interested in learning about the modern British Royal Family.

Non-fiction

The story of the life of Queen Elizabeth II, told through her clothes and jewellery – and a gorgeous gift to treasure.

Includes a foreword by Michele Clapton, costume designer for series one of Netflix’s The Crown, giving a peek behind the scenes at the recreation some of the Queen’s most famous outfits.

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?

Written by the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning Julia Golding, The Queen’s Wardrobe is packed with fascinating stories and astounding facts about our record-breaking Queen. The detailed, humorous and colourful artwork from bestselling Kate Hindley shows what it’s really like to grow up as a princess.

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.

Non-fiction

Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with this colourful and 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 Corgis.

Picturebook

A hilarious tale that will take you all around London! Winner of the Evening Standard’s Oscar’s First Book Prize.

A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvellous London adventure for the Queen, the Queen’s men and one very special hat. So let’s 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.

Picturebook

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…?

Both children and adults will love this very special and endearing insight into a child’s imagination, from the best-selling author-illustrator of Father Christmas Needs A Wee and Jesus’ Christmas Party .

Picturebook

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.

There once was a little girl, a princess, who 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, as 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 around the world, big and small. An exquisite gift book and commemoration of the Platinum Jubilee, it marks a unique moment in our shared history and will be a treasured keepsake for generations to come.

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