As a parent and educator, you are always finding fun and unique ways to read to your kids aloud or get your kids reading on their own  So, why not mix the excitement of the royal baby watch with a few good children’s books with regal themes? Jamie Levinthal, Subscriber Experience Manager at Hooked on Phonics, has some throne-worthy suggestions for children of ages pre-kindergarten to second grade.

The Birthday Crown

by Davide Cali (Author) and Kate Slater (Illustrator)

There is huge excitement at the palace. It’s the Queen’s birthday, and this year it’s a very special birthday – the Queen will be ninety years old! In the palace, Mr. Wiggins, the Master of Ceremonies, has been hard at work organizing the celebrations. Now everything is ready—but for one thing. The Queen still has to choose the perfect birthday crown!

When Katie and her brother Jack visit London with Grandma, something very unexpected happens . . . One of the Trafalgar Square lions comes to life and takes them on a wonderful tour of all the best sights! Including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the London Eye.

Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps her betrothed. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald–who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance. Spoiler: In a twist ending that glimmers with female empowerment, Elizabeth realizes Ronald is not all he’s cracked up to be and decides not to marry him after all.

Grace has the chance to be a princess in the school parade. But what does a princess do, apart from wearing beautiful clothes and looking pretty? Does she have to be pink and floaty, with a crown? Grace and her friends start finding out about princesses in China, Egypt, the Philippines and Zimbabwe.

 

May I Bring a Friend?

by Beatrice de Regniers (Author) and Beni Montresor (Illustrator)

One day, a small boy receives a very special invitation — the King and the Queen have invited him to the castle for tea. He accepts, with one question: “May I bring a friend?” “Any friend of our friend is welcome here,” says the King. But their guest’s friend turns out to be someone they never expected!

 

The Prince Won’t Go to Bed

by Dayle Ann Dodds (Author) and Krysten Brooker (Illustrator)

Nanny is at her wits’ end. Why won’t the Prince go to bed? Squire Frat, Lord Gerty and others in the royal household try to help. Could he want a fluffy pillow? A softer mattress? A gentle lullaby? As the Prince’s cries get louder and louder, the castle turns topsy-turvy–until Princess Kate, woken by the ruckus, thinks to ask her brother why he won’t settle down–discovering that a simple goodnight kiss is all he wants.

 

 Princesses Are Not Quitters

by Kate Lurn (Author) and Sue Hellard (Illustrator)

Three bored princesses decide to become servants for a day and learn what hard work is all about.  The work is very hard, but the princesses are not quitters and they complete all their chores (the chores are listed with accompanying illustrations). At the end, they are eager to make some changes to the rules for the poor servants. Little girls who love the idea of being a princess will enjoy this glimpse into the other half of castle life.

Join Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius for wordplay, puns and problem-solving in this geometry-packed math adventure. King Arthur was a good ruler, but now he needs a good ruler. What would you do if the neighboring kingdom were threatening war? Naturally, you’d call your strongest and bravest knights together to come up with a solution. But when your conference table causes more problems than the threat of your enemy, you need expert help. Enter Sir Cumference, his wife Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius. With the help of the carpenter, Geo of Metry, this sharp-minded team designs the perfect table conducive to discussing the perfect plan for peace. The first in the Sir Cumference series, Sir Cumference and the First Round Table makes math fun and accessible for everyone.

 

Petunia, the Girl who was NOT a Princess

by M.R. Nelson (Author) and Holly Liminton (Illustrator)

Petunia is NOT a princess. She does not like dresses and she loves climbing trees. She doesn’t want to be fancy or frilly and she certainly doesn’t want another little princess moving in next door. Thankfully, the new neighbor likes going to balls and fighting dragons. Petunia realizes that they have more in common than it first appeared.

 

by Tony Robinson

The good, the bad and the mad – a lively text full of fascinating facts about England’s colorful monarchs, coupled with illustrations by some of the most inventive illustrators in children’s fiction. A Goodreads review says, “The royal family lineage is confusing on a good day but the easy/simplistic overview in this book made for an enjoyable read. With its combination of political facts and fun tidbits, this would be a great way to provide a historical overview of English royalty to almost any age. I borrowed the copy, but would love to have as my own reference!”

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