Queen says Grimms’ Fairy Tales gave her bad dreams as she marks World Book Day

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The Queen Consort has revealed that Grimms’ Fairy Tales left her frightened and gave her “bad dreams” as a child.

As she marked World Book Day, Camilla said that reading at an early age helped children understand “different places, different cultures, different ways of life”.

She also described how reading to her grandchildren had been a “wonderful” bonding experience, which has helped them to become “bookworms”.

The Queen Consort sat down with Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho to discuss their shared love of books and recall their favourite childhood tales.

A video of the conversation, which was recorded last month in the Clarence House Library, was released by BookTrust to mark the annual book day which encourages children to read for pleasure.

Camilla recalled the emotional impact that some books had on her as a young girl, including Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

She said: “I think I have to admit, in the end, I ended up probably being a sort of pony-mad child with Black Beauty, which I howled over, night after night after night.”

Camilla says reading with her grandchildren is ‘a wonderful way of getting to know them’ Credit: PA

On Grimms’ Fairy Tales, she added: “I remember going to bed at night and having quite bad dreams about them.

“I think as children half of you wants to be scared – you don’t want to be scared too much, but it’s that sort of frisson of just being a little bit frightened.”

Discussing reading with her grandchildren, Camilla said: “It was just a wonderful way of getting to know them, as you say, bonding. Sitting on the end of their bed and just reading.

“We took it in turn to find our favourite stories and what’s lovely is it’s really got them reading. They are bookworms now.

“It’s so lovely if I go and see them, I find them tucked up in bed with a book saying ‘Please don’t turn off the light, I’ve got to finish this chapter’.”

She added: “It is really nice when you see the pure enjoyment that children are getting out of reading and if you get that at a very early age, it’s going to help you so much in future life.

“Because the earlier you read, the more you are going to understand, the more books you read, the more you’re going to understand about different places, different cultures, different ways of life.” 

Source: telegraph.co.uk