Storytime with Michaela – Royalty

A new royal baby was born last week so it’s a great time to talk about kings, queens, princesses and little princes! However you feel about the royal family, they remain a source of fascination to many. The popularity of shows such as The Crown and enthusiasm for news about the latest royal birth attest to this interest, as do the many children’s books published on this topic.

So, welcome His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge…and on with the books.

Cover Image for Part-time princess
Cover Image for Would you rather be a princess or a dragon?
Cover Image for Goodnight princess
Part-time princess by Deborah Underwood is a story for every kid who dreams of being a princess. The little girl’s night-time adventures as a princess who saves the kingdom, has tea with dragons and bathes with dolphins are colourfully illustrated… and maybe not just a dream!
Would you rather be a dragon or a princess?

This important question is posed by Barney Saltzberg in this book with fun rhymes, pictures and a subtle erosion of gender stereotypes. Children reading this book learn that you can be a bit dainty AND a bit wild!

Bedtime books are always appealing to children and parents alike, and Goodnight princess is no exception. The little princess says goodnight to her jewels, throne and family in this sweet rhyming story. This book joins Michelle Robinson’s popular bedtime series which includes Goodnight digger, Goodnight pirate, Goodnight tractor, Goodnight Santa and Goodnight spaceman.

A royal rhyme – Old King Cole

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.
Every fiddler he had a fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he;
Oh there’s none so rare, as can compare,
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.

Photograph of castle craft

Castle craft

  • Draw or print a castle template with a door
  • Colour the castle in crayon, pencil or marker
  • Cut the door so that it can open
  • Glue the castle onto a piece of coloured card
  • You may like to draw members of the royal family or their household inside the castle doors