The Duchess of Cornwall is celebrating her 70th birthday, and while you may not be aware, the royal is patron of several literacy charities including the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, Booktrust, First Story, and Roald Dahl and the Wicked Young Writer Awards.
This birthday the Duchess is working with the Literacy Trust to create an initiative called The Duchess’s Bookshelves and what this means in reality is books for schools up and down the country!
Today (11th July) the Duchess of Cornwall was presented with a set of the Duchess’s Bookshelves at Clarence House during a birthday garden party and now the same bookshelves, containing seventy children’s books will be sent to seventy schools around the UK!
— Literacy Trust (@Literacy_Trust) July 11, 2017
The seventy books were inspired by suggestions from children in schools from all over the UK as they were asked to recommend their favourite books to be included on the bookshelves. The initiative, which is designed to inspire reading for pleasure is backed by the Duchess and comes with reading activities, a classroom activity plan, and pupil worksheets and teacher’s notes for players, all downloadable from the Literacy Trust website.
Hemlington Hall Academy in Middlesbrough and Berkley Primary School in Hounslow were chosen to nominate their pupils’ favourite books and were chosen to attend the event at Clarence House to present HRH The Duchess of Cornwall with one of the bookshelves.
You can see the full list of 70 books in PDF format here.
Unfortunately the MTV website no longer shows the images but we have managed to grab them and pop them together here before they left the internet. We’d hate for you to miss out on this Harry Potter inspired treat.
Take a gander at these beauties and let us know what you think!
For many British children in particular, she has been a large part of the childhood literary experience. Her illustrations are warm and colourful, and invoke memories of home cooked meals and cuddling up with a parent or grandparent for story time.
Shirley Hughes has been popular since 1960 and her work still holds up today as pieces of wonderful children’s literature. As a celebration of her writing and illustration, we have collated her top 5 best selling books according to Amazon.
This birthday the Duchess is working with the Literacy Trust to create an initiative called The Duchess’s Bookshelves and what this means in reality is books for schools up and down the country! Read More
Of course we don’t want to dictate what you should read, but from your votes we have a list of fifty children’s books that you recommended! We’re sure many of you will have your own suggestions too, feel free to add them in the comments. Read More
No need to despair though! You can still introduce your bairn to the world of Harry Potter with this inspired range fit for any fan.
So many cute Potter-esque items it almost makes me want to have another baby…