Where to buy Archie's favourite book — and more royal-approved children's books your kids will love

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a video marking Archie's first birthday to support Save The Children (via Instagram)

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If you’re looking for a little sunshine in this uncertain time, you can find it in a video released by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to mark their son’s first birthday. A collaboration with Save The Children, the video shows Archie cuddled up to his mom while reading one of his favourite books. 

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who turned one on Wednesday, is shown in California with his mom reading the book “Duck! Rabbit!” which eagle-eyed royal fans think might have been a gift from Oprah. Fans spotted a sticker on the book that says “Archie’s Book Club,” which lead them to believe it’s a play on Oprah’s mega popular book club.

The video, filmed by Prince Harry, shows the toddler sitting on Markle’s lap and helping turn the pages. 

With both the Duke and Duchess providing an animated telling of the children’s tale, Prince Harry can be heard laughing behind the camera and making “quack, quack” sounds. 

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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The video marking Archie’s first birthday is part of Save The Children’s Save With Stories initiative, raising money for vulnerable children during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a spokesperson, the royals wanted to mark their only-child’s first birthday by drawing attention to the issue. 

“The family is participating in the campaign across both the US and UK to help bring much-needed support to children who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said their spokesperson.

“As they celebrate this family moment, the Duke and Duchess wanted to continue to raise awareness around the urgency of bringing food and learning resources to millions of children.”

Meanwhile, the royal family have always been strong proponents of reading and childhood education. if you’re looking for books to brighten your kids’ time spent at home, below you can find the books recommended by some of our favourite royals for your own little princes and princesses. 

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Loved by the children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William told fellow parents in South Wales that his children love the book “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson, the same author who wrote The Gruffalo.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

A household name, this enchanting tale of a young wizard is loved by readers of all ages — including 71-year-old Prince Charles. According to the Duchess of Cornwall, he is known to read this book to his grandchildren, narrating the story in different character voices for Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s entertainment.

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

When she was asked in 2016 what book she couldn’t wait to read to her future children, the Duchess of Sussex knew immediately: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.

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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Another Julia Donaldson classic, the Duke of Cambridge has admitted this bedtime story has been a saviour in his household, praising the author for “saving parents at bedtime.”

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Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Children’s books aren’t always for children, and Princess Eugenie couldn’t agree more. She recently revealed on her mom’s YouTube channel that her favourite children’s book was “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney.

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