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Little People, Big Dreams – Queen Elizabeth

Authored by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Illustrated by Melissa Lee Johnson
Published by Quarto Publishing PLC

Little People, Big Dreams – Queen Elizabeth, tells the story of a young girl who loved animals, who dreamed of living on a farm yet unexpectedly became Queen and had to give up life as she knew it, in return for a life of service and duty.

This book is perfect for younger readers as it tells the story of the Queen’s life, presenting the facts in a way that is interesting and accessible for them. For example, it explains how she saved her ration coupons so that she could buy the fabric for her wedding dress and how one of her most unusual gifts was an elephant called Jumbo. The book will serve as a great introduction to learning about who the Queen was and some of the achievements she made throughout her life as the longest reigning monarch in history to date.

The book has been designed carefully with the illustrations filling each spread and a small but perfect amount of text, allowing the reader the time to absorb each picture and the story it tells. There is a pictorial timeline at the back of the book alongside a summary of the Queen’s life which can be read aloud to children.

This book is perfect for EYFS and KS1 classrooms. It will be a great text to share as part of a topic about the Queen’s life, the Monarchy or to discuss the concept of ‘duty’ – how the Queen felt about it and how she gave up everything for a lifetime of service to her people, even though it wasn’t her childhood dream.

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards 2024 Children’s Non-Fiction Category