Best Kids Books About Princesses

43 Kids Books About Princesses

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Worst Princess book
#1
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 Paper Bag Princess book
#2
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.

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink book
#3
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!

Princess Smartypants book
#4
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
#5
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+.

The Princess and the Pit Stop book
#6
The Princess and the Pit Stop
Written by Tom Angleberger and illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When a Princess learns from her Fairy Godmother that she is in last place in a car race against such fairy tale notables as Humpty Dumpty, the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin, she boldly rebuffs defeat and steps on the gas.

Aladdin book
#7
Aladdin
Written and illustrated by Francesca Rossi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

A poor boy in love with a princess escapes an evil magician and discovers the power contained within an old lamp.

The Little Mermaid- Rossi book
#8
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.

The Princess Who Had No Kingdom book
#9
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.

Lily, the Little Elf Princess book
#10
Lily, the Little Elf Princess
Written and illustrated by Stefanie Dahle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join Lily, the little Elf Princess, and her friends as they solve a magical mystery! Lily is determined to find the right spell to charm the water lilies on Lake Magic to open their blossoms so her friend can attend the great Annual Celebration of the Elves! But time is of the essence. Will she find the right spell in time?

Snow White book
#11
Snow White
Written by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Bernadette Watts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Snow White in a newly illustrated edition. Bernadette Watts’ beautiful pastel illustrations bring both a softness and new life to this beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale about the princess with skin as white as snow.

Swan Lake book
#12
Swan Lake
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

With flash, the lake was based in a shimmering light, and before him stood the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. “I am the Swan Queen,” she said. “I am the swan that you tried to kill.” A prince's love for a swan queen breaks an evil spell in this fairy tale adaptation of the beloved ballet written by Tchaikovsky Swan Lake is perhaps the best-loved ballet of all time. Hans Christian Andersen Medal-winner Lisbeth Zwerger brings her singular vision to a glorious picture-book adaptation of the haunting story of an enchanted swan princess. She has based her version on Tchaikovsky’s original 1877 ballet, which had a happy ending, unlike the later, better-known, 1893 version. Her illustrations, luminous, lyrical, filled with grace and beauty, evoke the brilliance of the ballet and the universal appeal of this beloved fairy tale.

The Littlest Viking book
#13
The Littlest Viking
Written by Alexandra Penfold and illustrated by Isabel Roxas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A hilarious story about what happens to the littlest and loudest Viking when an even littler and louder Viking arrives, perfect for fans of The Princess and the Pony and I Don’t Want to Be a Frog. Sven might be the littlest Viking, but he has no trouble making himself known. He has the loudest warrior cry and the fiercest set of teeth. He loves to pillage and plunder. But there’s a new kid in town—a warrior princess, who is smaller than Sven and even louder. What’s a little Viking to do?

Sleeping Bobby book
#14
Sleeping Bobby
Written by Will Osborne, Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Giselle Potter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A beautiful baby, a sinister spell, a pricked finger, a hundred-year sleep, a true-love wake-up kiss. We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but not the one that Will and Mary Pope Osborne tell -- with a handsome prince named Bob, a feisty princess who wakes him from his enchanted slumber, and charming artwork from acclaimed illustrator Giselle Potter. Here's a fresh, magical reworking of the classic fairy tale that's sure to have kids begging, "Read it again!" As soon as he touched the wheel's spindle, a splinter pricked his finger. "Ouch!" said Bob. "Good night, Bobby," said the old woman.

Who Wants to Be a Princess? book
#15
Who Wants to Be a Princess?
Written and illustrated by Bridget Heos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"A comparison of the life of a fairy tale princess vs. that of a real medieval princess"--

Eleanor Wyatt, Princess and Pirate book
#16
Eleanor Wyatt, Princess and Pirate
Written by Rachael MacFarlane and illustrated by Spencer Laudiero
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A young girl discovers that playtime is as boundless as imagination in this empowering, rhyming picture book from Rachael MacFarlane and Spencer Laudiero. I can be anything that I want to be, I'm a princess, a pirate, and I'm also just me! Her name is Eleanor Wyatt, and some days she's a princess, some days she's a pirate. Eleanor's parents have taught her she can be anything she wants to be, from a ninja to a cowgirl to a fairy with wings. She can even star in her own book! Join Eleanor and her friends as they romp through tea parties and sword fights and to discover the best treasure of all—being yourself! An Imprint Book

Everybody’s Favorite Book book
#17
Everybody’s Favorite Book
Written by Mike Allegra and illustrated by Claire Almon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Anyone who says, “You can’t please everybody,” isn’t trying hard enough. At least, that’s what the cheeky narrator of this book thinks! A “good” book may have a spaceman or a ninja or a cowboy, but Everybody’s Favorite Book has something better: a Space Ninja Cow. And that’s only the beginning. You like princesses? We got 'em. Prefer a mystery? No sweat. Want the definition of "gallimaufry"? A good poop joke? A giant, carnivorous guinea pig? Check, check, and check. And there's more! Much more! This book has everything, for everybody! Here’s hoping things don’t go awry. (Spoiler, they do.) Okay then, here’s hoping it’s still your favorite book anyway.

Full of Empty book
#18
Full of Empty
Written by Priscilla Myers, Tim J Myers and illustrated by Rebecca Sorge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Princess Claire’s smile has flown away like a bird—and now she feels “full of empty.” But there’s a way to bring that smile back . . . if only . . . Every child gets bored or lonely—and this warm-hearted story teaches parents and children that a parent’s time and full attention are the best remedy. Full of Empty reminds parents that playing with their children is an important form of love. From award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Tim J. Myers, this beautifully illustrated book will bring home the power of quality time.

Princess Snowbelle and the Snow Games book
#19
Princess Snowbelle and the Snow Games
Written and illustrated by Libby Frost
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Return to the enchanting, icy world of Frostovia with Princess Snowbelle in this continuation of a series that combines sparkly magic and the fun girl power of Fancy Nancy. It's time for the annual Snow Games! Princess Snowbelle and her brothers can't wait to compete against the neighboring kingdom of Snowland in contests ranging from sled racing to sculpture building--and they especially can't wait to win the big ice trophy. But when the games don't go quite as planned, Snowbelle realizes there's more to competing than winning. With the help of her friends and family--and just a little bit of magic--can she make sure the Snow Games are fun for everyone? Frostovia's glittering world is the perfect place to meet Princess Snowbelle and experience the magic of friendship and family.

Ta-Da! book
#20
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.

One Last Wish book
#21
One Last Wish
Written by Suzanne I. Barchers and illustrated by Sue Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A princess marries a man she loves in spite of his impending death. Due to her devotion and persistence, she is granted a wish, which she uses wisely. Themes: love, devotion, bravery.

Sleep Tight, Snow White book
#22
Sleep Tight, Snow White
Written by Jen Arena and illustrated by Lorena Alvarez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Everyone has a hard time nodding off sometimes—from Prince Charming, who snores so loud it’s alarming, to Hansel and Gretel, who have Sleepytime tea in the kettle. With a good night’s sleep, even the Wicked Queen can have a new day, fresh and clean!

Don't Call Me Princess book
#23
Don't Call Me Princess
Written and illustrated by Kate Evans
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A children's picture book which takes down the concept of 'princess'. A sassy child narrator chooses six well-known fairy tales involving princesses. With simple rhyme and lively pictures she takes the stories apart with incredulous humour and charm. This is a book to inspire children of all ages and adults to to think beyond the superficial. Well-known cartoonist Kate Evans takes a punchy pop at six 'classic' fairytales: The Princess and the Pea, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel and The Little Mermaid.

Sleeping Handsome and the Princess Engineer book
#24
Sleeping Handsome and the Princess Engineer
Written by Kay Woodward and illustrated by Jo de Ruiter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Prince Jack is strong, rich, a top trampolinist and very, very handsome ...but he is also cursed. When he is pricked by a sword he, and his whole castle, fall sound asleep. It's up to the Princess Engineer to come and save the day.

The Princess and the Pea book
#25
The Princess and the Pea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Silver Penny Stories: For generations, these classic tales have captured the hearts and minds of children and adults alike. Beautifully illustrated, these volumes are sure to find a cherished place on your family's bookshelf.

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