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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is celebrating her 70th birthday in July.

The Duchess loves reading and sharing children’s books, and is the patron of several organisations which promote and support literacy, including the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, BookTrust, First Story, Roald Dahl and the Wicked Young Writer Awards.

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To celebrate her work with children’s literacy, Her Royal Highness is being presented with a set of bookshelves as a birthday surprise in July. We would like these to be full of lovely children’s books, but we would like your help in which titles to select.

We are asking for children from schools all over the UK to recommend their favourite books to be included on the Duchess’s bookshelves. 

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How can your school get involved?

All you need to do is to ask each class in your school to choose their favourite children’s book that they would like to give as a present.

Share these in a book-themed assembly and send your recommendations to the National Literacy Trust.

The book recommendations that you submit will be considered for the final selection of books that will be given to The Duchess.

Supporting resources

The teachers' notes resource includes a classroom activity plan and pupil worksheets. We hope you will find the assembly and classroom PowerPoint presentations helpful too.

Duchess's Bookshelves teachers's notes

Duchess's Bookshelves classroom PowerPoint

Duchess's Bookshelves assembly PowerPoint

Competition entry form

The prize

Your school will then be entered into a draw for the chance to win:

  • The opportunity for two of your pupils to present the books and bookshelves to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as part of her birthday celebrations
  • A set of the Duchess’s Bookshelves and the 70 selected books

How to enter

Complete a competition entry form and send your nominations in the post to:

Duchess’s Bookshelves, National Literacy Trust, 68 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, SW8 1RL

or email your competition entry form to with the subject: Duchess’s Bookshelves.

Be sure to do this by Friday 16 June 2017 to be entered into the Duchess’s Bookshelves competition. You can find T&Cs in the teachers' notes.

Good luck!

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.