In honour of King Charles’ upcoming coronation, here are my book picks fit for royalty. Why not read them at your own coronation party? (Free Coronation Party Pack here!)
The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony
I have to start with a book honouring our beloved Queen. When the wind went swish, it took the Queen’s favourite hat right off her head. Follow the hat as it flies all around London, and make sure to find the adorable Corgi on each page. When you watch the coronation, see how many uniforms, landmarks, and characters you can find from the book.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, illustrated by Douglas Gresham
Eight-year-old princess Irene has been sent away from home to live in a large, remote house in the country. There, at the top of the house, she opens a door and enters a world of mystery. An all time fairy-tale classic that influenced both Narnia and The Hobbit.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Princess Potty by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Amy Cartwright
Because every princess needs her throne…. (Also check out my potty book, Skip to the Loo. Can you find the animal wearing a crown?)
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
Olivia and the Fairy Princess by Ian Falconer
I’m a huge Ian Falconer fan and was saddened to hear of his recent passing. So we’ll honour his legacy by reading his book. In this Olivia story, she embarks upon a quest for identity with very lofty goals—and being a princess is NOT one of them.
Princess Truly and the Hungry Bunny Problem by Kelly Greenawalt, illustrated by Amariah Rauscher
It’s a Secret by John Burningham
Babar the King by Jean de Brunhoff
This third title about Babar the King follows the elephants as they build a magnificent city: Celesteville. Life is peaceful and contented and celebrations are frequent. But one fateful day a snake bites the Old Lady and Babar fears that he may lose his oldest friend.
Angelina and the Princess (Angelina Ballerina) by Katharine Holabird, illustrated by Helen Craig
The King and the Sea by Heinz Janisch, illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch
Princess Baby by Karen Katz
And if I may, here are two of my books that celebrate royalty:
His Royal Highness, King Baby by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by David Roberts
Tiny Cedric by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Rowboat Watkins
Do you have any favourites to share? Feel free to drop suggestions in the comments.