The Queen’s commitment to the country and her Christian faith has inspired a free storybook, which will be distributed to half a million children in honour of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
The book, based on the theme of faithfulness, honours The Queen’s 70 steadfast years on the throne and is being issued by The Church of England and Thy Kingdom Come, The Archbishop of Canterbury’s global prayer movement.
450,000 of the books have already been requested and given away.
The free story, Queen CJ and the Bouncy Castle, is a product of The Cheeky Pandas – a children’s cartoon series featuring contributions from stars including CBeebies’ Gemma Hunt, and Archbishop Justin Welby. In the book, a little panda who owns a bouncy castle and doesn’t want to share it with her friends, learns that a good ruler is faithful and kind to her people, just like God is faithful to us.
Alongside the book, there will also be a special ‘Royal’ themed Cheeky Pandas episode by the makers of CBBC’s Andy and the Band and CBeebies’ The Baby Club, with voiceovers from Gemma Hunt, and free activity packs (including a widget version for children with additional needs), church service and assembly plans, music videos. Cartoon episodes will also be available in British Sign Language.
Pete James, the creator of the Cheeky Pandas, is available for interviews about the book and mission of the Cheeky Pandas and Thy Kingdom Come.
Pete James said:
It is an honour to partner with Thy Kingdom Come and the Church of England this year to create these resources to nurture young children’s faith in a fun way, in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
There is also an extended version of The Cheeky Pandas free Jubilee book, available for purchase.
Written by: Emily Beater