Children’s librarians hear a lot about princesses. “Do you have any princess books?”, “My child will only read princess books”, “Princesses books are silly, I need a real book for my child.” We can answer most of these questions pretty easily. But what about the harder question, what books would you recommend to a princess? Below are some picture book recommendations that I believe princesses might enjoy.
For a princess like Ariel, In A Jar by Deborah Marcero, a story about Lewellyn and his collections, I bet Ariel could relate.
For a princess like Cinderella, Shoe-La-La by Karen Beaumont, who doesn’t love a book about the power of a good shoe!
For a princess like Jasmine, Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty, Jasmine could definitely respect a gal who sees the benefits of building a better world.
For a princess like Pochantas, We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Gaode, since she knows first hand the role of humans is to protect and care for nature.
For a princess like Tiana, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, Tiana totally gets the importance of showing love through food and family.
For a princess like Belle, Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, this princess knows that there is possibly everywhere and how to unite a community.
For a princess like Rapunzel, Chalk by Bill Thomson, out of all the princesses, I think Rapunzel would appreciate the beauty of a wordless story and how to build magic again and again.
For a princess like Snow White, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke, Julia and Snow would have a lot of notes to compare about taking care of unusual creatures.
For a princess like Aurora, Princess! Fairy! Ballerina! by Bethanie Murguia, Aurora knows how fun it is to play pretend with a group of friends.
For a princess like Merida, The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton, I think Merida would understand that there is more to her new pony than meets the eye.
For a princess like, Mulan, I Am Enough by Grace Byers, I think Mulan would appreciate some self-love about how important it is to know that you are exactly as you should be and that that is great!
It was hard to pick just one book for each princess. What do you think of my recommendations? Any other books that would better fit these princesses? Or maybe you have another princess and another recommendation for them?