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Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s Favourite Children’s Books

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, celebrated World Book Day by sharing some of her own childhood literary favourites.

Kate’s list includes classic children’s books that she still enjoys today when reading to her own children, George, Charlotte, and Louis.

Her list, including the book she read on CBeebies Bedtime Story The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, focus a lot on children’s wellbeing and mental health, and Kate’s own interest in children’s development.

What Kate says about her favourite children’s books:

  • The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson

“I loved this book as a little girl and listening to my own children reading it has brought back so many wonderful memories. A comforting story to help children face their fears and grow in confidence with the help of others”

  • Stig of the Dump by Clive King

“As a child I loved spending time outdoors, making dens, digging, discovering and making things out of odds and ends. Whether this was why my father recommended this book to me or whether this book inspired my imagination, I can’t remember, but I have never forgotten this brilliant book and the values it teaches.”

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

“An all-time classic and loved in our house for obvious reasons! This is a charming story about friendship, loyalty and love.”

  • Katie Morag Series by Mairi Hedderwick

“Fun stories for children of all ages and a great book for older children to read to younger siblings. These books are filled with captivating and beautiful illustrations to accompany the text so there’s lots to talk about!”

  • Feelings by Libby Walden

“This little book is a wonderful way to help children understand and recognise their feelings and emotions, and brings to life the importance of empathy.”

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