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Famous children’s book based on Prince Harry

The Royal Family has been the subject of many books fiction or not, but at a recent primary school reading, it was revealed that Prince Harry has his own childhood character named after him.

Author Ian Whybrow of ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’ was attending a workshop at Broadford Primary School, Faringdon Avenue Harold Hill to read the children some of the stories and poems he has authored.

The pupils had the chance to question Whybrow about how illustrators work with the authors to bring life to the characters.

Six-year-old James Olatunji wondered how he named one of his favourite characters.


“I thought Harry would have been his son,” he told the Romford Recorder. 

“But Ian said he got the idea from a child he saw playing at the garden centre with a bucketful of dinosaurs. The name Harry comes from Prince Harry, who was a small boy then.”

Roseanne Sparkes, the school librarian, added on: “Books are a great way of starting a conversation with pupils.

“Broadford and Mead pupils have seen a significant improvement in the quality of their writing and the level of interest in the library since the program of author visits was established.”

Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth has been the subject of many children’s stories. In celebration of her 90th birthday, Winnie-the-Pooh took a trip to visit the monarch and celebrate their joint milestone birthdays in ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Royal Birthday’. Author David Cali also wrote ‘The Birthday Crown’ which was published by the Royal Collection Trust for her birthday where her great-grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte help The Queen pick out a new crown. Her Majesty has also made other appearances in beloved children’s tales like ‘Peppa meets The Queen’ and “Paddington at the Palace’.

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