Kids Who Rule

They were kings. They were queens. And they were kids.

What child hasn’t dreamed of wearing a crown? But being a young monarch is not all glory and bossing people around. Boy king Tutankhamun was crowned pharaoh of Egypt at age nine. Groomed to lead armies, his homework involved firing arrows from a moving chariot. Mary Queen of Scots became royalty at only six days old. She grew up fleeing bad-tempered King Henry VIII, who saw her as a child bride for his son. Little Queen Christina of Sweden was forced to sleep under dead father’s heart, hanging in a box above her bed.

Each chapter focuses on a different ruler by offering a dramatic episode from their young lives and eye-opening elements of their country’s history. Complete with photographs, art and images of artifacts from each era, Kids Who Rule provides a fascinating window into the startling realities of five junior rulers from history.


“ ... engaging and full of intriguing detail. Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine 

“ ... very captivating.”—Toronto Star 

“Will help teachers and junior monarchists widen their horizons beyond Buckingham Palace”—Quill & Quire 

“Sure to appeal to readers who enjoy biographies ... will also draw a new group of readers to history. The writing style is active and the format, with illustrations and sidebars, adds another dimension for the reader.”—Resource Links 

“... well worth reading.”—Booklist 

“… a highly readable account … an excellent introduction to biographical text.”—Professionally Speaking


King Tut of Egypt

Mary Queen of Scots

Queen Christina of Sweden

Puyi, Last Emperor of China

Dalai Lama of Tibet


IRA Children’s and Young Adult Notable Book

Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

2009–2010 Red Cedar Book Award finalist, BC

The Year’s Best List, Resource Links

Silver Birch Award finalist, OLA

Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award finalist

Rocky Mountain Book Award finalist