HarperCollins Children’s Books In Association With The Reading Agency Gift 5000 Copies Of Book Commemorating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee To Public Libraries Across The UK And Northern Ireland

HarperCollins Children’s Books and The Reading Agency, the national charity that works with libraries to promote the power of reading to adults and children, are delighted to announce that they have joined together to give 5000 free copies of Michael Morpurgo’s There Once is a Queen to libraries across the UK and Northern Ireland. This glorious gift book beautifully illustrated by award-winning illustrator,

Michael Foreman, is published on 12 May to commemorate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Co-ordinated with The Reading Agency, libraries across the country will receive their books on or around publication date on the 12th May. The Reading Agency’s charitable mission is to enable everyone to read their way to a better life – irrespective of age or economic background. Reading can tackle life’s big challenges, from social mobility to mental health and The Reading Agency are determined that no-one is left behind.

Cally Poplak, Executive Publisher of Harper Collins Children’s Books and Farshore said: “‘There Once is a Queen is a book for all ages to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and we are delighted to partner with The Reading Agency to gift copies to libraries, so that all families have the chance to share this wonderful book – and a unique moment in history.”

Karen Napier, CEO of The Reading Agency said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Harper Collins on this gifting initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Reading Agency’s vision is for a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life. The generous donation of Michael Morpurgo’s brilliant book by HarperCollins into libraries will help children discover the joy of reading this summer.”

Michael Morpurgo comments: “I am delighted that my publishers HarperCollins and The Reading Agency have joined together to donate our book to libraries across the country. Libraries have been and continue to be a constant in our communities, our schools, and lives. Libraries and particularly the librarians who work in them are vital for us all, but especially for those who need them most: those with least, young, and old.”

This year Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British monarch ever to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. In the tradition of poetic tribute, Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Michael Foreman’s There Once is a Queen is a heartfelt homage to our longest reigning monarch who has been a constant and reassuring presence in a rapidly changing and often unsettling world.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 5 June will feature over 6,000 people from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding area. It will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival, and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s seventy- year-long reign.

This very special book begins with The Queen as a child, planting an oak tree with her father, and follows her story in a way that will bring this incredible, historic reign vividly to life for readers around the globe, big and small.

Once upon a time, there was a little girl. One day, they say, she planted a tree with her papa, an oak tree. Quite soon, the tree was higher than she was. And quite soon after that, she discovered she was a Princess. She didn’t feel like a princess. She would go and sit on the grass under the branches of her oak tree, and was always happy there, just being a girl, and not a princess at all. Princesses were in books; her life was going to be her own story.

For PR enquiries, please contact Jo-Anna Parkinson, PR Director, HarperCollins Children’s Books: [email protected]

Alexander Turton at The Reading Agency: [email protected]

The Reading Agency

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