I’ll be honest. Traditional princess stories have never done much for me. I’ve never been a fan of the helpless princess and the prince who has to come to her rescue. And, I turn my nose up at bratty spoiled princess stereotypes. But…there are so many good princess books for kids out there that are empowering and inspiring. So, let’s wave the magic wand and get to them.
Princess Books for Children
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The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch was one of the first books that I can think of where the princesses do the rescuing. It’s been in print for generations for good reason.
Princesses can build and princes can sew in Princesses Can Fix It! by Tracy Marchini. The king has an alligator and the princesses know how to fix it. But, the king doesn’t think the princesses can. Well, they will show him.
Brave, bright, and beautiful are all characteristics of Princess Truly in Princess Truly: I Am Truly by Kelly Greenawalt. This is an affirming book that you can do anything and be anything you want to be. There is now a Princess Truly series.
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton is the story of Princess Pinecone who requests a strong warrior horse for her birthday. What she receives is a chubby small pony. Though her gift isn’t what she expected, her pony comes in handy on the day he is truly needed.
Dangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater is the story of a princess who loves flowers. You know the kind that is spikey, prickly, putrid-smelling, all things foul. In fact, when a neighboring prince brings her roses, she quickly puts them in the vase with the thorns poking out for display. But, what do you do with smelly noses?
The Storytelling Princess by Rafe Martin is the story of a princess who refuses an arranged marriage. She will choose her own prince. The princess enters a storytelling contest and wins more than she was expecting.
The Princess Knight by Kerstin Meyer is the story of a king who raises his daughter just like his sons. But, on her 16th birthday, the king declares that someone will take her hand in marriage. But, the princess is determined to take matters into her own hands. She will not be the prize in a match. And, she does!
A princess can help you fall asleep in The Tossy-Turny Princess and the Pesky Pea by Susan Verde. We all know a restful night’s sleep is important. But, what do you do if you can’t fall asleep? One princess is about to learn some strategies.
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale is part adventure and part pure imagination. In this book, Princess Magnolia decides to take a break from keeping monsters away from the goats. But, when she arrives at the beach, is she truly off monster duty? The Princess in Black is part of a early chapter book series.
Printable Book List of Princess Books
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Enjoy reading these princess books with your children.