84+ Children's Books About Princesses

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Princess Who Had No Kingdom book
#1
The Princess Who Had No Kingdom
Written by Ursula Jones and illustrated by Sarah Gibb
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There once was a princess without a kingdom. All she had was a pony and cart and a red umbrella to keep her dry from the rain. Though she lacked worldly possessions, she made up for it in kindness, cleverness, and beauty—qualities that made all the rich princes with kingdoms want to marry her. A wise and witty modern-day fairy tale brought magically to life through Sarah Gibb's exquisite art.

Ella Enchanted book
#2
Ella Enchanted
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. At birth, Ella of Frell was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at any time anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom--and she'll have to obey? Ella's quest to break the curse and discover who she really is, is both funny and poignant.

The Paper Bag Princess book
#3
The Paper Bag Princess
Written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Over five million copies in print! When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is it worth all that trouble? Readers the world-over have fallen in love with this classic story of girl power. Now a newly designed Classic Munsch edition will introduce the tale to a new generation of young feminists.

The Worst Princess book
#4
The Worst Princess
Written by Anna Kemp and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, Anna Kemp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bored of your run-of-the-mill princesses? Tired of traditional princess-finds-her-prince tale? Looking for a princess with a bit more bite? Then this is the book for you. Forget about pretty dresses, fairytale wedding and grand balls, Princess Sue is all about adventure, mischief and making unusual friends. She really is the worst princess!

The Two Princesses of Bamarre book
#5
The Two Princesses of Bamarre
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When plague strikes Bamarre, Princess Addie must fulfill an ancient prophecy. Brave and adventurous, Princess Meryl dreams of fighting dragons and protecting the kingdom of Bamarre. Shy and fearful, Princess Addie is content to stay within the safety of the castle walls. The one thing that the sisters share is their unwavering love for each other. The tables are turned, however, when the Gray Death leaves Meryl fatally ill. To save her sister, meek Princess Addie must find the courage to set out on a dangerous quest filled with dragons, unknown magic, and death itself. Time is running out, and the sisters' lives—and the future of the kingdom of Bamarre—hang in the balance.

The Princess and the Potty book
#6
The Princess and the Potty
Written by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and illustrated by Rick Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

When everything fails to persuade the princess to use her potty, the king and queen consult the royal advisor who gives them valuable advice.

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink book
#7
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

These princesses dig in the dirt, kick soccer balls, and splash in muddy puddles -- all in their sparkly crowns!

Ta-Da! book
#8
Ta-Da!
Written by Kathy Ellen Davis and illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

What makes a good story? One little girl thinks it's a princess with magical powers that can—ta-da!—overcome any obstacle. Her friend thinks it's—dun dun duh!—a combination of dragons, pirates, and fire that cause total chaos. But as their stories intertwine, these two young storytellers soon learn that a good story needs both conflict—dun dun duh!—and resolution—ta-da! An irresistible celebration of imaginary play, storytelling, and the joys of collaboration, this gorgeous picture book features two strong voices throughout, making it the perfect read-aloud.

Princess Baby, Night-Night book
#9
Princess Baby, Night-Night
Written and illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A latest entry in the series that includes Princess Baby on the Go features an exuberant little Princess Baby who does not feel sleepy at bedtime but who puts on her pajamas, puts away her toys, brushes her teeth and selects a perfect storybook before settling under the covers.

Princess Smartypants book
#10
Princess Smartypants
Written and illustrated by Babette Cole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Forced by her parents into looking for a husband, Princess Smartypants sets impossible tasks for her suitors to prove their worthiness, but when Prince Swashbuckle succeeds at every task, the Princess turns him into a frog with her kiss. Reprint.

Princess Arabella and the Giant Cake book
#11
Princess Arabella and the Giant Cake
Written and illustrated by Mylo Freeman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A new title in the popular 'Princess Arabella' series. It is almost Granny's birthday and Princess Arabella and her friends set out to bake the most DELICIOUS and most GIGANTIC cake in the entire world. But who will be the winner - Princess Arabella, Prince Mimoen, Princess Sophie or Princess Ling? And what is that surprise in the Giant Cake?! A delightful picture book for children aged 3+.

Rapunzel book
#12
Rapunzel
Written and illustrated by Francesca Rossi
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

A beautiful girl with extraordinarily long golden hair is imprisoned in a lonely tower by a witch.

Cinderella-Rossi book
#13
Cinderella-Rossi
Written and illustrated by Francesca Rossi
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

Tortured by her stepmother and stepsisters, a kind and wishful servant girl is swept away by a fairy godmother to a fancy ball and a chance encounter with a charming prince.

Classic Fairy Tales of H. C. Andersen book
#14
Classic Fairy Tales of H. C. Andersen
Written and illustrated by Hans Christian Andersen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Hans Christian Andersen's tales are among the most famous and loved by children everywhere. This stunningly illustrated collection includes some of his best-known works--"The Little Mermaid," "Thumbelina," and "The Princess and the Pea"--as well as other less-familiar but equally magical stories, like "The Snow Queen." Francesca Rossi's gorgeous watercolor illustrations enhance the text, making this beautiful volume perfect for Andersen's many fans.

The Princess and the Dragon  book
#15
The Princess and the Dragon
Written and illustrated by Audrey Wood
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When a princess who behaves like a dragon meets a dragon who wants to be a princess, the unexpected happens.

Princess Arabella's Birthday book
#16
Princess Arabella's Birthday
Written and illustrated by Mylo Freeman
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

It's Princess Arabella's birthday. She wants a very special present: an elephant. But will she get what she wants?

Princesses Save the World book
#17
Princesses Save the World
Written by Allison Oppenheim, Savannah Guthrie and illustrated by Eva Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Princess Penelope Pineapple and her fellow princesses from the Fruit Nations are on a mission to rescue the Strawberry Kingdom's food from certain ruin, and surprisingly Penny's beloved bees are the key to saving the realm's produce.

The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare book
#18
The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare
Written by Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Princess Magnolia is excited. Excited and nervous. She’s going to the Interkingdom Science Fair today to present her poster about seeds and plants, and when she arrives, she sees that her friends are there too! Princess Honeysuckle made a mole habitat, Princess Sneezewort has built a blanket fort, and Tommy Wigtower has a talking volcano that’s saying “EAAAAT!” Wait, what? A surprise goo monster makes this a job for the Princess in Black, and the Princess in Blankets is on the scene to lend a hand. But will two masked heroes be enough to save the science fair? A little scientific problem-solving—and a lot of princess power—will make the sixth entry in the New York Times bestselling series a smash hit.

Sleeping Beauty book
#19
Sleeping Beauty
Written and illustrated by Francesca Rossi
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

The curse of an old fairy causes Sleeping Beauty to fall into a deep trance until she is awakened by a handsome prince.

The Little Mermaid- Rossi book
#20
The Little Mermaid- Rossi
Written and illustrated by Francesca Rossi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

A little sea princess, longing to be human, trades her mermaid's tail for legs to win the love of a prince.

Classic Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm book
#21
Classic Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Written and illustrated by Brothers Grimm
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-18

The Brothers Grimm collected some of Europe s most popular folk tales, immortalizing stories whose origin goes way back in time. This book, with beautiful watercolors by the imaginative illustrator Francesca Rossi, gathers ten of their most famous and magical works."" Children will love meeting such favorite characters as Cinderella, the Brementown musicians, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, and Snow White. "

Nicola Berry and the Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella book
#22
Nicola Berry and the Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella
Written by Liane Moriarty
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Nicola Berry’s life is turned upside down the day a man from another planet comes to Earth on a strange mission. He’s looking for somebody to travel back to his home planet and convince their stuck-up princess not to turn Earth into her planet’s giant garbage dump. When Nicola is chosen as the Earthling Ambassador, she’s not sure that she’s up to the task. Can Nicola and her friends save the planet in time? Or will the nasty Princess Petronella cover Earth in a galactic ton of garbage?

Bad Moooove! book
#23
Bad Moooove!
Written by Nancy Krulik and illustrated by Ben Balistreri
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Princess Pulverizer may not be a knight yet, but she won't let that stop her from saving the day! The village of Ire-Mire-Briar-Shire has a problem: every single cow, goat, and sheep has vanished! That means no milk, no butter, no cheese. As an aspiring chef and grilled cheese lover, Dribble the dragon is outraged. Princess Pulverizer is less concerned, but she knows an opportunity when she sees it--they'll simply find the missing herds, save the day, and get even closer to completing her Quest of Kindness! But when an angry pink-haired troll captures Princess Pulverizer and her timid friend Lucas, doing her good deed might not be quite so easy!

The Princess in Black book
#24
The Princess in Black
Written by Dean Hale, Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Hiding her secret identity as a monster-fighting superhero, Princess Magnolia interrupts her fancy tea with the unsuspecting Duchess Wigtower to stop a big blue monster from endangering her kingdom's goats. By the author of the Newbery Honor-winning Princess Academy.

The Truly Brave Princesses book
#25
The Truly Brave Princesses
Written by Dolores Brown and illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Do all princesses live in a castle and spend their lives happy everafter with the prince? Could a princess be a working mom or in a wheel chair? What does it really take to be a princess?

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