Staff Picks

Princess Stories

Books for young admirers of princesses. Folklore titles include collections of princess stories, and stories with especially attractive illustrations.

Children's Services Staff

Folklore

A Treasury of Princesses     A Treasury of Princesses    
Shirley Climo
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Cl)

Presents retellings of seldom-heard princess tales, featuring such heroines as White Jade, Gulnara, and Vasilisa the Frog Princess. A discussion of princess lore precedes each selection.

Bunny & the Beast     Bunny & the Beast    
Molly Coxe
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Beauty Cox)

Through her great capacity to love, a kind and beautiful rabbit maid releases a handsome rabbit prince from the spell which has made him an ugly beast.

Cinderella     Cinderella    
Kinuko Craft
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Cinderella Cra)

Although mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella meets her prince with the help of her fairy godmother.

Sleeping Beauty     Sleeping Beauty    
Mahlon Craft
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Sleeping Beauty Cra)

A beautiful and beloved princess, cursed by the one fairy who was not invited to her christening, pricks her finger on her sixteenth birthday and falls asleep for one hundred years.

Sleeping Beauty     Sleeping Beauty    
Adele Geras
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Sleeping Beauty Ger)

Enraged at not being invited to the princess's christening, a wicked fairy casts a spell that dooms the princess to sleep for one hundred years.

Snow White     Snow White    
Charles Santore
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Snow White San)

Retells the tale of the beautiful princess whose lips were red as blood, skin was white as snow, and hair was black as ebony.

The Barefoot Book of Princesses     The Barefoot Book of Princesses    
Caitlin Matthews
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Mat)

A collection of princesses from around the globe who face many challenges while growing up.

The Starlight Princess and Other Princess Stories     The Starlight Princess and Other Princess Stories    
Annie Dalton
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Dal)

A collection of eight princess stories, set in a different historical period, illustrated with embroidery designs.

Picture Books

Cinderella's Dress     Cinderella's Dress    
Nancy Willard
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

Although mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella meets her prince with the help of two magpies and her fairy godmother.

Disney Princess: a Read-Aloud Storybook     Disney Princess: a Read-Aloud Storybook     (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Dis)
Disney's read-aloud storybooks

Dance with Cinderella at the ball, laugh with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and sing with Sleeping Beauty. Each of the three stories retells the classic tale of a Disney princess who triumphs over evil and lives happily ever after. Look for more Disney Read-Aloud Storybooks.

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?     Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?    
Camela Cole
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

When a little girl asks her mother about princesses, she learns that they are much like herself.

I Am Really a Princess     I Am Really a Princess    
Carol Shields
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sh)

A child imagines herself a princess and contrasts her everyday life with the one she could have in a castle with infinitely permissive parents.

Lottie's Princess Dress     Lottie's Princess Dress    
Doris Dorrie
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Do)

When Lottie persuades her mother to let her wear her sparkly gold dress to school, their day becomes very special.

Posey Paints a Princess     Posey Paints a Princess    
Harriet Ziefert
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Zie)

Posey and her friend paint pictures, learning how to mix five colors into all the colors of the rainbow.

Princess Aasta     Princess Aasta    
Stina Ordal
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Or)

Princess Aasta and her new friend, a polar bear named Kvitebjorn, play in the garden, travel to the North Pole, and have supper with the king.

Princess Chamomile Gets Her Way     Princess Chamomile Gets Her Way    
Hiawyn Oram
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Or)

Chamomile is fed up. She's not allowed to wear anything but fussy, frilly princess dresses; she's not allowed to leave the castle grounds; and she's never, never allowed to eat sweets. What's a headstrong mouse princess to do?

Princess Fishtail     Princess Fishtail    
Frances Minters
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mi)

After rescuing a handsome surfer, the Mer-King's daughter decides to trade her tail to a frightening troll in exchange for legs, but after a month on land she seeks a way to visit her home.

Princess Penelope's Parrot     Princess Penelope's Parrot    
Helen Lester
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Le)

An arrogant and greedy princess's chances with a handsome prince are ruined when her parrot repeats to him all the rude comments the princess has made.

Princess Says Goodnight     Princess Says Goodnight    
Naomi Howland
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej How)

Rhyming text presents what a princess might do between leaving the ball and saying goodnight.

Princess Smartypants     Princess Smartypants    
Babette Cole
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

Not wishing to marry any of her royal suitors, Princess Smartypants devises difficult tasks at which they all fail, until the multitalented Prince Swashbuckle appears.

Princess, Princess     Princess, Princess    
Penny Dale
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Da)

A young princess and her friends sleep under the spell of a fairy she forgot to invite to her birthday party, until someone comes along to awaken them.

Princesses Are Not Quitters!     Princesses Are Not Quitters!    
Kate Lum
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lu)

Three bored princesses decide to become servants for a day and learn what hard work is all about.

Sleeping Ugly     Sleeping Ugly    
Jane Yolen
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yol)

When beautiful Princess Miserella, Plain Jane, and a fairy fall under a sleeping spell, a prince undoes the spell in a surprising way.

Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose     Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose    
Nancy Gow
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gow)

A lovely princess with enormous feet and a charming prince with a huge nose meet on a ski lift and, while their flaws are hidden, fall in love.

The Apple-Pip Princess     The Apple-Pip Princess    
Jane Ray
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ray)

In a land that has stood barren, parched by drought and ravaged by frosts since the Queen's death, the King sets his three daughters the task of making the kingdom bloom again, and discovers that sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference.

The Paper Bag Princess     The Paper Bag Princess    
Robert Munsch
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mun)
Munsch for kids

When a dragon comes along and burns all Elizabeth's clothes and smashes her castle, Elizabeth wears a paper bag until she recovers her possessions. Look for more Munsch For Kids titles.

The Princess and the Pea     The Princess and the Pea    
Hans Christian Andersen
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej And)

A young girl feels a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds and proves that she is a real princess.

The Princess and the Pizza     The Princess and the Pizza    
Mary Jane Auch
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Au)

An out-of-work princess applies to become the bride of Prince Drupert, but first she must pass several tests, including a cooking contest.

The Princess Knight     The Princess Knight    
Cornelia Funke
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fu)

Late at night, Princess Violetta slips into the woods and teaches herself to become the best knight in the land!

The Red Wolf     The Red Wolf    
Margaret Shannon
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sh)

Roselupin, a princess locked in a tower by her overprotective father, uses yarn to knit a red wolf suit to free herself.

The Storytelling Princess     The Storytelling Princess    
Rafe Martin
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ma)

Having survived a shipwreck, a princess tries to tell a prince a story whose ending he does not know and thus qualify for his hand in marriage.

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-Be     The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-Be    
Mini Grey
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gr)

The pea gives its own version of what happened in the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea," from the time of its birth in the Palace Garden until it helps arrange a royal marriage.

Twenty-Six Princesses     Twenty-Six Princesses    
Dave Horowitz
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hor)

Twenty-six princesses, one for each letter of the alphabet, go to a party at the prince's castle.