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Princess Stories

Some princesses are girly girls, but not all princesses wear pink! Princesses might wear frilly dresses, tennis shoes or shiny armor. Princesses can be from all over the world and from right next door. Check out some of these books to read about all types of princesses!

Also, visit your nearest Richland Library location for even more book recommendations from our children’s librarians.


Cinderella by Max Eilenberg
Amazon Says: Aspiring princesses will be entralled by this lively retelling of the classic rags-to-riches story, brightened by playful, quirky illustrations. Cinderella's evil step more...
Amazon Says: Aspiring princesses will be entralled by this lively retelling of the classic rags-to-riches story, brightened by playful, quirky illustrations. Cinderella's evil stepmother makes her cook and clean and dust and sweep until her arms ache and her head spins. But with a tap, tap and a WHOOSH of her fairy godmother's wand, the kind, mistreated beauty becomes a shimmering vision worthy of a prince. In a wry, conversational tone, the narrative sends Cinderella off to the ball three times — each time lovelier than the last — breathing witty new life into this oft-told, favorite fairy tale. less...
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Amazon Says: Not all princesses dress in pink. Some play in bright red socks that stink, blue team jerseys that don’t quite fit, accessorized with a baseball mitt, and a sparkly crown! more...
Amazon Says: Not all princesses dress in pink. Some play in bright red socks that stink, blue team jerseys that don’t quite fit, accessorized with a baseball mitt, and a sparkly crown! Princesses come in all kinds. Exuberant text from Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Yolen Stemple paired with charming illustrations prove that girls can jump in mud puddles and climb trees, play sports and make messes—all while wearing their tiaras! Not every girl has a passion for pink, but all young ladies will love this empowering affirmation of their importance and unlimited potential. less...
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Amazon Says: Once upon a time there was ... a princess who loved all her beautiful ponies, a cool muscle dude who rode an awesome motorcycle. But a giant came and started stealing them! Th more...
Amazon Says: Once upon a time there was ... a princess who loved all her beautiful ponies, a cool muscle dude who rode an awesome motorcycle. But a giant came and started stealing them! The dude came to fight the ugly, smelly giant with his mighty sword. She turned gold into thread while she cried for Buttercup, her favorite pony. And he took the princess's gold thread for payment The end! Wait a minute! That's not how it ends! Oh no? Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl who had to tell a fairy tale to the class, but they couldn't agree on the story. Will everyone live happily ever after? less...
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Princess Bess Gets Dressed by Margery Cuyler
Amazon Says: Princess Bess has loads of clothes made with satin, snaps, and bows. And she changes them all day, for her lessons and ballet. But if a certain truth be told, more...
Amazon Says: Princess Bess has loads of clothes made with satin, snaps, and bows. And she changes them all day, for her lessons and ballet. But if a certain truth be told, her favorite clothes are much less bold. She carefully keeps them out of sight until it's time for bed at night. Then in her room without a care, she plays in what she loves to wear. less...
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Amazon Says: The headstrong heroine of this charming picture book is completely fed up. She's not allowed to wear anything but fussy, frilly princess dresses; she's not allowed to leave th more...
Amazon Says: The headstrong heroine of this charming picture book is completely 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. So Princess Chamomile decides to take matters into her own paws. Early one morning she escapes from the overprotective Nanny Nettle, slips out a secret door in the palace walls on her bicycle, and heads straight for the nearest candy store. Little does she know that the owner of the shop is none other than that bad cat Bags-Eye! With a little luck, and a lot of quick thinking, Chamomile finds a way to trick the dangerous villain and get exactly what she wants. The ending holds a sweet surprise for everyone-even Nanny Nettle. less...
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Princess Grace by Mary Hoffman
Amazon Says: This year two girls will be selected as princesses in the town parade, and Grace can?t wait to be one of them. It?s the perfect opportunity to dress up?but how, exactly, shoul more...
Amazon Says: This year two girls will be selected as princesses in the town parade, and Grace can?t wait to be one of them. It?s the perfect opportunity to dress up?but how, exactly, should a princess costume look? Grace asks her teacher for help, and soon the whole class is learning that there?s more to princesses than pink dresses and frills. From Kenya to China and from warriors to spies, princesses are a multicultural and multitalented bunch, and there are just as many kinds of happily ever afters?both for the royals and for Grace?s community and its princess parade.Mary Hoffman?s picture books featuring this intrepid heroine have earned major critical acclaim; amongst other awards, Amazing Grace was a i>Reading Rainbow selection and a Booklist Editors? Choice. Grace?s latest adventure is sure to delight her established fans?and win the hearts of many more! less...
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Princess, Princess by Penny Dale
Amazon Says: A little princess can only be woken with a kiss - but from whom? There’s a princess in a castle, sleeping, sleeping. . . . Who will wake the princess with a kiss? more...
Amazon Says: A little princess can only be woken with a kiss - but from whom? There’s a princess in a castle, sleeping, sleeping. . . . Who will wake the princess with a kiss? Once upon a time, a little princess loved nothing more than playing happily with her friends - until an uninvited birthday guest spoiled the fun by casting a spiteful spell. But not for long! With soft, dreamlike pastels, Penny Dale offers a sweet fairy tale that celebrates the resilience of friendship and the magic of play. less...
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Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm
Amazon Says: Surely among the most original and gifted of children's book illustrators, Paul O. Zelinsky has once again with unmatched emotional authority, control of space, and narrative more...
Amazon Says: Surely among the most original and gifted of children's book illustrators, Paul O. Zelinsky has once again with unmatched emotional authority, control of space, and narrative capability brought forth a unique vision for an age-old tale. Few artists at work today can touch the level at which his paintings tell a story and exert their hold. Zelinsky's retelling of Rapunzel reaches back beyond the Grimms to a late-seventeenth-century French tale by Mlle. la Force, who based hers on the Neapolitan tale Petrosinella in a collection popular at the time. The artist understands the story's fundamentals to be about possessiveness, confinement, and separation, rather than about punishment and deprivation. Thus the tower the sorceress gives Rapunzel here is not a desolate, barren structure of denial but one of esoteric beauty on the outside and physical luxury within. And the world the artist creates through the elements in his paintings the palette, control of light, landscape, characters, architecture, interiors, costumes speaks to us not of an ugly witch who cruelly imprisons a beautiful young girl, but of a mother figure who powerfully resists her child's inevitable growth, and of a young woman and man who must struggle in the wilderness for the self-reliance that is the true beginning of their adulthood. As ever, and yet always somehow in newly arresting fashion, Paul O. Zelinsky's work thrillingly shows us the events of the story while guiding us beyond them to the truths that have made it endure. less...
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The Sleeping Beauty by Trina Schart Hyman
Amazon Says: Enraged at not being invited to the princess' christening, the thirteenth fairy casts a spell that dooms the princess to sleep for one hundred years. more...
Amazon Says: Enraged at not being invited to the princess' christening, the thirteenth fairy casts a spell that dooms the princess to sleep for one hundred years. less...
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Amazon Says: In this hilarious collection of princess stories with a distinctive spin, there's Cinderella, who was, though you may not know it, Sleeping Beauty’s mom; Sleeping Beauty, more...
Amazon Says: In this hilarious collection of princess stories with a distinctive spin, there's Cinderella, who was, though you may not know it, Sleeping Beauty’s mom; Sleeping Beauty, who didn’t fall asleep because of the prick of a needle—it was sheer boredom; Snow White and her diminutive friends—Les, Lou, Sam, Hank, Nat, Myron, and Bethanne; the princess of frog fame; and the princess of pea fame. less...
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Amazon Says: His Highness the Prince may be a frog, but that?s not going to stop these lively girls from attending his ball. Starting with Princess Alice, the twentysix princesses?each wit more...
Amazon Says: His Highness the Prince may be a frog, but that?s not going to stop these lively girls from attending his ball. Starting with Princess Alice, the twentysix princesses?each with personality to spare?head to the palace, eager to make his acquaintance. But with Princess Jane being a pain, Princess Kay losing her way, and Princess Betty still getting ready, they?ll be lucky if they manage to steal any kisses from this prince! Dave Horowitz creates a party kids won?t want to miss, a wildly fun way to practice the alphabet and a frog?s-eye view of the courtly life. less...
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Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox
Amazon Says: Everyone knows Sleeping Beauty has to be woken with a kiss, except Prince Charming. Every time the fairies watching over her try to tell him, he interrupts with his ideas of h more...
Amazon Says: Everyone knows Sleeping Beauty has to be woken with a kiss, except Prince Charming. Every time the fairies watching over her try to tell him, he interrupts with his ideas of how to wake her. Eventually he gets the message, and his reaction is priceless: ?One hundred years of morning breath Wow! That could be the kiss of death!? With just as much interactive fun as Falling for Rapunzel (an IRA Notable Book and the winner of Maryland?s Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book Award), this fractured fairy tale will elicit laughter that no one will be able to sleep through. less...
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