30 best children's stories about the Queen

30 best children's stories about the Queen

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was the leader of the Commonwealth and the longest reigning monarch in British history. She sadly passed away in 2022 but was loved by people all over the world and will never be forgotten.

Many children's authors and illustrators paid tribute to the Queen in their books during her successful reign. Quickdraw has listed 30 of the best children's stories written and illustrated about this member of the English Royal Family for you browse.

Check out the list of picture books, fiction and non fiction stories below... 


Picture books 

1. The Queen's Hat

The Queen's Hat by Steve Antony

By Steve Antony

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group

Reading age: 3-6 years

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, daredevil queen through the zoo, over Tower Bridge and up Big Ben - just where will that hat land?


2. The Queen's Handbag

The Queen's Handbag by Steve Antony

By Steve Antony

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group

Reading age: 3-6 years

What does the Queen do when a sneaky swan snatches her handbag? Gives chase, of course. By car, motorbike, plane and more! Hold on to your hats (and handbags) for a whirlwind trip around the British Isles.

Featuring favourite British landmarks, including the Angel of the North, the Giant's Causeway and Windsor Castle. Want to know how to draw an old castle where a king and queen would live? Follow our drawing tutorial

3. Paddington at the Palace

Paddington at the Palace by Michael Bond

By Michael Bond & R. W. Alley

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Reading age: 3-6

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 a thing. Luckily, a mysterious someone ‘on high’ appears to like small bears. This picture book featuring a familiar favourite bear captures the experience of visiting Buckingham Palace as a tourist, watching the Changing of the Guard and seeking to get a glimpse of the Queen at her home.
Whilst on the topic, we've made a fabulous drawing guide that teaches boys and girls how to draw Paddington Bear. Check it out!

4. The Queen's Liftoff

The Queen's Lift-Off by Steve Antony

By Steve Antony

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group

Reading age: 3-6 years

The Queen's off to space! Travelling at the speed of light, she goes where no man (or Queen) has gone before. From the Moon to Mars, via Mercury. No planet is left unexplored. But will she be back in time for tea?

5. Mr Men Little Miss: The Royal Party 

Mr Men Little Miss The Royal Party by Roger Hargreaves

By Adam and Roger Hargreaves

Publisher: Brit Books

Reading age: 3-6 years

Little Miss Helpful is organising a very special party. A street party with Little Miss Princess as the guest of honour, no less! But Little Miss Helpful isn't as good at organising things as her name would suggest and so it isn't long before things start to go wrong especially once Little Miss Naughty gets involved.


6. A Quokka for the Queen

A Quokka for the Queen by Huw Lewis-Jones and Fred Blunt

By Huw Lewis-Jones and Fred Blunt

Publisher: Happy Yak 

Reading age: 3-6 years

It's the Queen's birthday and the last gift to arrive has come all the way from Australia. They say good things come in small packages! Well this party is about to get wild - it's a Quokka for the the Queen! The Quokka quickly makes an impression and the Queen decides to do things differently - with the help of Quokka she decides she will give the presents. Soon they are creating an elaborate gift list for everyone they can think of.


7. The Queen's Present

The Queen's Present by Steve Antony

By Steve Antony

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group

Reading age: 3-6 years

The Queen is off on a round-the-world tour in search of the perfect Christmas present. And she's not alone... Father Christmas is here to help!

Follow the Queen and Father Christmas on a whirlwind tour of some of the world's best-known landmarks. From the North Pole to the Sydney Opera House, via the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and more.


8. Katie in London

Katie in London by James Mayhew

By James Mayhew

Publisher: Orchard Books

Reading age: 3-6 years

When Katie and her cousin Jack visit London with Grandma, they don't think there's much to see and do. At Trafalgar Square they meet a talking stone lion, and he takes them on a wonderful tour of the city.


9. The Queen's Knickers

The Queen's Knickers by Nicholas Allan

By Nicholas Allan

Publisher: Red Fox

Reading age: 3-6 years

Everyone can see the Queen's smart coats and dresses, but what does she wear underneath, particularly for a school visit? Through the eyes of a little girl hoping for a school visit by the Queen, the range of royal underwear is revealed here.


10. Winnie the Pooh Meets the Queen 

Winnie the Pooh Meets the Queen by Jane Riordan

By Jane Riordan 
Publisher: Harper Collins 
Reading age: 5-8 

When Winnie-the-Pooh sets off for Buckingham Palace, London with Christopher Robin, Piglet and Eeyore to deliver a special hum in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, he never dares to imagine that he might actually meet the Queen.

Mark Burgess's illustrations, true to the spirit of the original drawings by E.H.Shepard, perfectly capture this incredibly special meeting.

This picture book is a wonderful gift for the whole family and a commemorative keepsake of the Queen's devoted life and reign.

Want to know how to draw Winnie the Pooh? We have an easy to follow drawing guide for you to learn with. 


11. Peppa Pig Meets the Queen

Peppa Pig Meets the Queen

By Peppa Pig 

Reading age 3-6 

Join your favourite pig and find out what happened when Peppa met the Queen. A perfect storybook to remember Queen Elizabeth II. 

12. The Sparkly Crown: The Story of HM Queen Elizabeth II 

The Sparkly Crown by Jan Syme

By Jan Syme

Publisher: Marie Darwin

Reading age: 9-13

This is a story of HM Queen Elizabeth II from her birth in London to becoming Queen in 1952 and up to her 90th birthday in 2016. She is the longest monarch in British history to wear the 'sparkly crown'.
This rhyming story of "The Sparkly Crown" with its beautiful illustrations, allows the whole family to read and learn together about the monarch and the Royal Family.


13. Squishy McFluff: Tea with the Queen

Squishy McFluff: Tea with the Queen by Pip Jones


By Pip Jones and Ella K. Okstad

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Reading age: 5-8 years

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 Buckingham Palace. But when they accidentally find the Queen, will she be able to see how wonderful Squishy is?


Fiction books  

14. Horrid Henry meets the Queen 

Horrid Henry Meets the Queen by Francesca Simon

By Francesca Simon

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group

Reading age: 9-11

The perfect choice for newly confident readers, this is an Early Reader edition of a classic Horrid Henry story (with brilliant colour illustrations from Tony Ross). The Queen is coming to visit Horrid Henry’s school. The real live Queen! Henry can’t believe it! But when Miss Battle-Axe puts him in the back row, Henry is furious. Now how is he meant to find out how many TVs she has? Somehow Henry has to get himself noticed – and show the Queen just how horrid he can be. 


15. Claude at the Palace 

Claude at the Palace by Alex T Smith

By Alex T. Smith 

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Reading age: 5-8 years

Claude and Sir Bobblysock just happen to wander accidentally into the royal palace on a very special day indeed - the Queen's birthday! Unfortunately the royal nanny, Nanny Stern-Bloomers, has had to take herself off for a lie-down and there's no one to make sure the royal children stay neat and tidy for the big party. But Claude and Sir Bobblysock could step in to babysit, couldn't they? After all, princes and princesses are always on their best behaviour.


16. The Cat and the King

Cat and the King by Nick Sharratt

By Nick Sharratt

Publisher: Alison Green Books

Reading age: 5-8 years

The King and his very clever cat must find a new home after their castle burns down in an unfortunate incident with a dragon. They choose No. 37 Castle Close: an ordinary house in an ordinary street. It's very exciting learning to live a normal (if still quite royal) life. But danger looms when the pesky, fire-breathing dragon makes its return. 

But not all dragons are trouble - learn how to draw a cute baby dragon with our art tutorial. 


17. There Once is a Queen

There once in a Queen by Michael Morpurgo

By Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman

Publisher: Harper Collins

Reading age: 5-8 years

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, big and small, around the globe. 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.


18. The Royal Rabbits 

The Royal Rabbits by Santa Montefiore

By Santa Montefiore and Kate Hindley

Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks

Reading age: 7-11 years

Anything in the world is possible - by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose and a slice of mad courage. Shylo has always been the runt of the litter, the weakest and quietest of all of his family, his siblings spend their days making fun of him for not being like the rest of them. But when Shylo stumbles across a band of ratzis and overhears their evil plan to take a photo of the Queen in her nightie, it's up to this unlikely hero to travel to London and inform the Royal Rabbits of London about the diabolicial plot.


19. Queenie 

Queenie by Jacqueline Wilson

By Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt 

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK

Reading age: 9-11

It's 1953, the year Elizabeth is to be crowned Queen of England. Elsie Kettle can't wait to go to London to see the celebrations on Coronation Day. Elsie lives with her Nan - her mum works as a showgirl, so she's not around very often. Spirited and imaginative, but often lonely, Elsie longs for a best friend. Luckily, she and Nan are very close; Elsie just wishes she was allowed a cat to keep her company sometimes.

Then tragedy strikes. Nan and Elsie both fall ill with tuberculosis, and Elsie finds herself whisked away to the children's ward of the hospital. Confined to bed for months on end, Elsie finds it very hard to adapt to the hospital's strict regime. But she invents astonishing ways of entertaining the other children on the ward, and for the first time finds herself surrounded by true friends.


20. Billie Templar's war

Billie Templar's War by Ellie Irving

By Ellie Irving

Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK

Reading age: 9-11

Billie Templar desperately wants her dad to come home. He's a soldier and has been away for seven weeks, fighting for 'Queen and country' - but how can the two of them possibly defend their four-year record of winning the three-legged race at the school carnival if he's thousands of miles away?


Non-Fiction books:

21. Our Queen Elizabeth 

Our Queen Elizabeth by Kate Williams

By Kate Williams

Publisher: Hachette 

Reading age: 5-8

A colourful, charming book by historian Kate Williams, taking young readers on an amazing journey through Queen Elizabeth II's seven decades on the throne. Along the way, they'll see her sparkling crown jewels and magnificent palaces, and meet her beloved corgis, horses, and of course, her very famous family.


22. Great Elizabethans: HM Queen Elizabeth II and 25 amazing Britons from her reign

Great Elizabethans: HM Queen Elizabeth II and 25 amazing Britons from her reign

By Imogen Russell Williams

Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd

Reading age: 7-12

Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, the incredible history of HM Queen Elizabeth II's 70-year reign, told through the enthralling life stories of 25 amazing people who have called Britain home. The reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II has been long and eventful. Over the past 70 years, Great Britain has seen incredible changes in the ways we live, think and feel, shaped by the inspiring people who were born in Britain or arrived on its shores.

As we approach the Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, learn about the Queen's life and 25 other amazing history-makers - from modern pioneers, leaders and scientists to writers, athletes and activists - in this illustrated special edition paperback. Each page spread is devoted to a tale of an incredible Briton, told by talented writer and children's book critic Imogen Russell Williams and brought to life by Sara Mulvanny's vivid colour illustration.


23. Little Elizabeth

Little Elizabeth by Valerie Wilding

By Valerie Wilding and Pauline Reeves

Publisher: Hachette

Reading age: 6-8

Once, a very long time ago, there was a little Princess called Elizabeth 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 man she loved, this is the amazing true story of a little girl who became Queen Elizabeth II.


24. Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth by Susanna Davidson

By Susanna Davidson

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Reading age: 9-11

The Queen is one of the most famous women in the world. But what is she really like? This enthralling story of the life of Queen Elizabeth II is full of photographs and facts that capture the drama and grandeur of her reign as Britain's longest-serving monarch, from her childhood during the Second World War and her coronation up to the present day.


25. The Queen's Wardrobe: The Story of Queen Elizabeth II and Her Clothes 

The Queen's Wardrobe by Julia Golding

By Julia Golding

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Reading age: 7-11

An entertaining and gorgeously illustrated book showcasing the clothes and jewellery of Queen Elizabeth II alongside fascinating stories from her life. The book includes a foreword by Michele Clapton, costume designer for Netflix's 'The Crown'.


26. Queens 

Queens by Victoria Crossman

By Victoria Crossman

Publisher: Scholastic

Reading age: 9-11

Celebrating strong, brave women across the centuries and around the world, 'Queens' tells their stories of strength and resilience. Spanning 3000 years from Cleopatra to the Viking queens, Queen Nanny of Jamaica to HRH Elizabeth II, discover new stories about fierce female monarchs. Full to the brim with striking, vibrant illustrations and bursting with facts about the queens' pets, costume, homes, make-up, jewellery, and much more.


27. Queen Elizabeth II 

Queen Elizabeth by Sally Morgan

By Sally Morgan

Publisher: Scholastic

Reading age: 9-11

Queen Elizabeth II: steadfast, constant, dutiful. Read all about the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom's longest-reigning monarch. From her childhood years in London, to training as a mechanic in the Second World War and becoming queen at 25, learn lesser-known facts about this true icon.


Pop-up and Activity books:

28. Where's Mrs Queen? 

Where's Mrs Queen by Ingela P Arrhenius

By Ingela P Arrhenius 

Publisher: Noisy Crow

Reading age: 1-3 

The original, award-winning Felt Flap series - perfect for babies and toddlers! Each title in this stylish series has five spreads with friendly characters to find behind colourful felt flaps. In Where's Mrs Queen?, you're on the look out for Mr Policeman, Mrs Bus Driver, Mr Soldier and Mrs Queen herself! Lift the final flap and there's a surprise mirror - always a hit with the little ones. 

29. Sticker Kings & Queens - Sticker Dressing 

Sticker Kings & Queens - Sticker Dressing

By Dr Anne Millard (author), Ruth Brocklehurst (author), Nellie Ryand (illustrator), Jo Moore (illustrator)

Publisher: Usborne

Reading age: 5-8 

A stunning sticker book packed with kings and queens through the ages, and sumptuous, historically accurate stickers to complete their outfits. Includes Queen Nefertiti, King Henry VIII, Emperor Qianlong of China, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II and lots more to dress in ceremonial robes, crowns, gowns, ruffs, hats, wigs, collars and cravats.

30. London The Queen's Jubilee Sticker Activity Book 

London The Queen's Jubilee Sticker Activity Book

By Marion Billet 

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Reading age: 3-5

A perfect gift for preschoolers, children can use the stickers in this book to finish a street party, help the Beefeaters to get dressed and weave their way through mazes around London. With spot the differences, colouring-in and much more, there is plenty to keep little ones busy - whether they're out and about in London or at home!

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