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Princess Books for Kids of All Ages

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 1, 2010

Whether it be the fairytale or romantic stigma that often surrounds princess characters, or the strength that these Damsels exude after overcoming various different hardships, children—especially girls—are drawn to stories about princesses. Heck, even I love a good “Prince Charming” story every once in a while. However, when looking for a book with some royal flare, it’s easy to fall to the stories we know so well: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and The Little Mermaid—which, while we’re at it, are considered by many as a right-of-passage for any young girl.

In my quest to find new and original stories with a good princess feel—less boy-meets-girl and more strength and self-discovery—the following books really struck a chord with me; each for their own reasons.

Princess and FairyPrincess and Fairy

by Anna Pignataro

Reading level: Ages 4-7

Hardcover: 24 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 8, 2009)

Source: Publisher

What to expect: Rhyme, Rabbits, Parties

Light and airy and deliciously entertaining. From an intricate envelope that opens to reveal a mini sized invitation from the Queen, to a list of presents that Princess and Fairy must look for and find in the pages of delightfully fancy illustrations, readers are captivated to the very end.

Add this book to your collection: Princess and Fairy

The Very Little Princess #1: Zoey's Story (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) The Very Little Princess

by Marion Dane Bauer

Reading level: Ages 6-9

Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 23, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

What to expect: Dolls, Mothers and daughters, Grandmothers

First of all, Marion Dane Bauer is a Newbery Honor-winning author. Second of all, this book reads like a book you’ve read over-and-over, even from the very first time you pick it up. The over-all story is one of loss—Zoe, a 10-year-old, visits her grandmother for the first time and discovers that her mother is leaving her to live there indefinitely—however, Bauer has intertwined a magical story of friendship between Zoe and a “princess” doll who comes to life, softening the loss and highlighting the importance of family.

A Junior Library Guild Selection.

Add this book to your collection: The Very Little Princess

The Secret Lives of PrincessesThe Secret Lives of Princesses

by Philippe Lechermeier (Author), Rebecca Dautremer (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 7+

Hardcover: 88 pages

Publisher: Sterling (June 1, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

What to expect: Princesses galore!

Holy princess! The illustrations in this book are so rich and mind-absorbing! This is a book for sophisticated princess-lovers—and those that enjoy individualism. From the less familiar to the unknown, The Secret Lives of Princesses offers a refreshing perspective on royal life. A beautiful book and a delectable read.

Visit www.secretlivesofprincesses.com

Giveaway: Enter to win a copy!

Add this book to your collection: The Secret Lives of Princesses

Two Moon Princess Two Moon Princess

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 324 pages

Publisher: Tanglewood Press (June 16, 2010)

Source of book: Publicist

What to expect: Time and space, gender role, California

Time travel, history, romance, and a whole lot of independence that leads to a wonderful journey of self-discovery.

Visit the author at www.carmenferreiroesteban.com

Add this book to your collection: Two Moon Princess

Be sure to also look at these books, too:

Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) Princess Hyacinth by Florence Parry Heide

The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch) The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch

Leave us a comment: What is your favorite princess book with a twist?

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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