The Queen’s Reading Room is a charity working to provide opportunities for the appreciation of literature among adults and children in the UK and around the world. We seek to close the gap between writers and readers through accessible, educational and free literary content available year-round. Our mission is to help more people find and connect with books which enrich their lives and turn them into lifelong readers. You’ll find on this website reading recommendations, author interviews, never-before-seen archive and lots more to inspire your curiosity and delight your imagination.
The Queen’s Reading Room launched on Instagram in January 2021 with reading recommendations from Her Majesty The Queen Consort. We began with Charlie Mackesy and his wonderfully illustrated ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’. Since then, there have been eight complete series with four widely different but equally compelling books chosen by Her Majesty, featuring in each series. The selected books vary across the genres and include classics as well as newly published books. With each recommendation, we bring you background and insights from authors, academics and experts to enrich your reading experience.
All books featured on The Queen’s Reading Room have been chosen for their educative, literary or historic merit and have been rigorously judged by the charity’s board of trustees.
On this website, you can find all of The Queen Consort’s recommendations, scroll through by series or search for individual books. We have included author interviews, exclusive content and the further reading recommendations of our literary friends. Whatever your reading taste, we hope that there will be something for everyone on The Queen’s Reading Room.
We hope that you enjoy using this website. Join our reading community by signing up for the monthly newsletter for all the latest news from The Queen’s Reading Room, or head over to Instagram to read along with us and for daily, free literary content.
To me reading is a great adventure, I have loved it since I was very small and I would love everybody else to enjoy it as much as I do. You can escape, and you can travel, and you can laugh and you can cry. Every type of emotion which humans experience is in a book.
~ Her Majesty The Queen Consort