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70 Books for 70 Schools at The Duchess's Books Party

11th July 2017

David Walliams conducts the bus that bought the school children to Clarence House

David Walliams conducts the bus that bought the school children to Clarence House

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall welcomed school children to Clarence House for a garden party to celebrate a literacy competition that will see 70 books presented to 70 schools.

Books by well-known authors like Roald Dahl, JK Rowling and Ted Hughes were chosen by children across the country, and two schools which took part were invited to Clarence House, as were writers Jacqueline Wilson and comic actor David Walliams, who both made it on to the book list.

The Duchess is an avid reader and patron of a number of literacy charities and organisations.

Her Royal Highness was presented with a set of the 70 books for her five grandchildren and said: "I know most of the books backwards because I read them to my grandchildren, and we're going to have a terrible time because they're going to be fighting over these bookshelves - if I can plonk it somewhere in the middle they can come and borrow books."

The Duchess with the authors and school children at Clarence House

The Duchess with the authors and school children at Clarence House

The school children arrived to Clarence House in a vintage bus with David Walliams acting as the conductor. The Duchess greeted them as they stepped off the red single-deck vehicle.

David Walliams, whose books The Boy In The Dress and Gangsta Granny made the list of 70 books being presented to schools, said: "It's really important kids have access to books and what I like about this list is it's a fun list chosen by the kids, it's not a list we think they should read, it's a list of books they like reading and want to share with other kids."

The Duchess is patron or has had a close association with six organisations involved in the 70 books for schools project - the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, BookTrust, First Story, Roald Dahl Literary Estate and the Wicked Young Writer Awards.

Here are the 70 books that will be distributed to 70 schools around the UK:

1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling

2 Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst

3 You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum! by Andy Stanton

4 War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

5 Why Can't I Tickle Myself? By Gemma Elwin Harris, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart, Sir David Attenborough

6 Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

7 The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

8 Beautiful Birds Colouring Book by Emmanuelle Walker

9 How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

10 Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain

11 The Arrival by Shaun Tan

12 Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

13 I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

14 Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon

15 Asterix the Gaul by Rene Goscinny

16 The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams

17 Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

18 The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

19 The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

20 A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

21 Dirty Bertie: Rats by Alan MacDonald

22 Animal Journeys by Patricia Hegarty

23 The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

24 The 78 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

25 Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

26 Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

27 Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

28 The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler

29 It's all about... Super Solar System

30 There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins

31 Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

32 A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

33 Elmer by David McKee

34 Grk and the Pelotti Gang by Joshua Doder

35 The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne

36 Wonder by R. J. Palacio

37 Itch - The Explosive Adventures of the Element Hunter by Simon Mayo

38 The Book With No Pictures by B J Novak

39 Jeremy Strong's Laugh-your-socks-off Joke Book by Jeremy Strong

40 Once by Morris Gleitzman

41 Silverfin: The Graphic Novel by Charlie Higson

42 Charlotte's Web by E B White

43 Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

44 Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman

45 Quick, Let’s Get Out of Here by Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake

46 Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

47 The Twits by Roald Dahl

48 Matilda by Roald Dahl

49 The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson

50 Make it Grow by Debbie Powell

51 Ella Queen of Jazz by Helen Hancocks

52 Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

53 Day of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

54 100 Most Feared Creatures by Anna Claybourne

55 A Journey Through: Space by Steve Parker

56 Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

57 The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon

58 The Disgusting Sandwich by Gareth Edwards

59 The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone

60 Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies

61 SUPERTATO: Veggies Assemble by Sue Hendra

62 Coding for Beginners using Scratch by Jonathan Melmoth, Rosie Dickins

63 Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

64 Usborne Children's Picture Atlas by Ruth Brocklehurst

65 Return by Aaron Becker

66 I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon

67 Gorilla by Anthony Browne

68 The Blurred Man and I Know What You Did Last Wednesday by Anthony Horowitz

69 The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond

70 Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! by Gary Northfield