Princess Stories

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

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
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

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.


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.

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
(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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naomi Howland
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej How)

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

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

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!

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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.

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

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

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.