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Looking for a list of the best kids books about royalty?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to royalty. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about royalty.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about royalty, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Paper Bag Princess to popular sellers like Ella Enchanted to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Tale of Despereaux.

We hope this list of kids books about royalty can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Top 10 Books About Royalty

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Goose Girl
Written by Shannon Hale
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Recommend Ages: 12-

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life listening to her aunt's stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady in waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to help her. She becomes a goose girl and must use her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny.

From the Grimm's fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible and original tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.

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The Princess Who Had No Kingdom
Written by Ursula Jones & illustrated by Sarah Gibb
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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.

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The King Who Banned the Dark
Written & illustrated by Emily Haworth-Booth
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Once there was a Prince who was afraid of the dark–like so many children are. But this boy became King and actually did something about it: he banned the dark completely! Soon, the sleep-deprived, exhausted citizens are ready to revolt. Can the people help the King face his fears and see that you can’t appreciate the light without having the dark, too?

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Interstellar Cinderella
Written by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by Meg Hunt
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed of fixing fancy rockets. With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball. But when the prince’s ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine, and its stellar happy ending.

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A Little Princess: A Babylit(r) Friendship Primer
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

Meet Sara’s friends with text from the original novel, A little princess, showing little ones that friends can be found in surprising places.

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Cinder Edna
Written by Ellen Jackson & illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live with cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, have different approaches to life; and, although each ends up with the prince of her dreams, one is a great deal happier than the others.

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Ella Enchanted
Written by Gail Carson Levine
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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.

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The Tale of Despereaux
Written by Kate DiCamillo & illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal–winning tale.

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.

With black-and-white illustrations and a refreshed cover by Timothy Basil Ering.

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The Paper Bag Princess
Written by Robert Munsch & illustrated by Michael Martchenko
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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.

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The Two Princesses of Bamarre
Written by Gail Carson Levine
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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.

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The Paper Bag Princess
Written by Robert Munsch & 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?

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The Two Princesses of Bamarre
Written by Gail Carson Levine
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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.

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The Cook and the King
Written by Julia Donaldson & illustrated by David Roberts
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

The king searches his kingdom far and wide for the perfect cook. He’s very particular, and none of the cooks can get the job done just right. Until the king meets Wobbly Bob. The king thinks Wobbly Bob might be the perfect fit, but there’s just one small hitch—Wobbly Bob is afraid of everything. He’s afraid that he’ll nick himself with the sharp kitchen knives, and he’s afraid he’ll get dirt from the vegetable garden on his new apron. Wobbly Bob needs a companion to help him feel brave, so the king himself tags along every step of the way. This tale of unlikely friendship is a fun and hilarious romp from a bestselling team.

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  1. Prince Not-So Charming: Once Upon a Prank - The first title in a hilarious new chapter book series. Prince Carlos Charles Charming would much rather grow up to be a court jester. When a dragon is spotted in the Somewhat Enchanted woods, Carlos must figure out how to be a true Prince Charming and fast!

  2. More Than a Princess - Aislin of Eliasind is more than just a princess – she’s half-fairy and half-pedrasi, with magical gifts from each side of her heritage! One day, as Aislin is venturing through the woods, she is alarmed to hear a band of humans coming through. How did they get past the guarded magical passageway that leads to her hidden kingdom? Mistaken for a human herself, Aislin is captured, and soon realizes she’s in even bigger trouble–she’s being used as a pawn to help the king of this nearby kingdom, Morrain, find a secret passageway to the warring land of Scarmander, so he can capture his enemies by surprise. Aislin must find a way to break free, while also minding the beautiful human princess and ladies-in-waiting she now shares a castle with, who are all too ready to point out her differences. Thankfully, Aislin’s inner strength goes beyond her magical qualities. And with a few loyal friends by her side, she’s ready to stand up for herself and her kingdom once and for all. A classic and original fairy-tale that celebrates beauty and goodness in all its shapes and sizes, More than a Princess will resonate with readers who love magic, suspense, girl power, and adventure.

  3. The Emperor's Ostrich - Magic and mayhem abound in this middle-grade fantasy adventure from Julie Berry, the author of The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place. Young dairymaid Begonia has lost her cow Alfalfa. So she has set off on a search across the countryside even though she has nothing but a magical map to guide her. Along the way she meets a mother and baby, a woodcutter, a very dirty young man, and an eight-foot ostrich. Meanwhile, the emperor has gone missing from the royal palace in a most mysterious manner. Was it murder? Was it magic? It will take all of Begonia’s wits to save the empire and get Alfalfa home safely. The Emperor’s Ostrich: “Cheeky commentary about class and feminism, giggle-inducing wordplay, and jokes about the ridiculousness of imperial overindulgence round out this story. Readers looking for easy laughs will find them here.” —Kirkus Reviews “Berry (The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place) creates a lively, magic-laced folktale featuring a self-centered emperor, a dairymaid, a farmer boy with grand romantic ideals, and two very stubborn animals. . . . Whimsical details, including an enchanted map and a pot of mustard that changes flavor, will delight readers, and the nonstop action will keep them on the edge of their seats.” —Publishers Weekly “This whimsical, rambling adventure also serves as a coming-of-age tale. . . . This novel is well written and well executed, with Berry’s clear prose holding together a complicated plot and increasingly eccentric cast of characters. . . . Give to kids who enjoy a clever story and don’t mind a strong dose of silliness, or to anyone who loves the idea of a cow who becomes besotted with an ostrich.” —School Library Journal

  4. Royal Rabbits Of London - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH meets Warriors in this “humorous, fast-paced adventure” (Kirkus Reviews) that proves that even the smallest rabbit can be the biggest hero from publishing power couple Santa and Simon Sebag Montefiore. Life is an adventure. Anything in the world is possible—by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose, and a slice of mad courage! Shylo has always been the runt of the litter, the weakest and quietest of all of his family. His siblings spend their days making fun of him for not being like the rest of them. But when Shylo stumbles across a band of ratzis and overhears their evil plan to take a photo of the Queen in her nightie, it’s up to this unlikely hero to travel to London and inform the Royal Rabbits of London about the diabolical plot! The Royal Rabbits of London have a proud history of protecting the royal family and now the secret society need to leap into action to stop the ratzis… But can a rabbit as feeble and shy as Shylo convince them that Queen is in danger?

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The King Who Banned the Dark
Written & illustrated by Emily Haworth-Booth
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Once there was a Prince who was afraid of the dark–like so many children are. But this boy became King and actually did something about it: he banned the dark completely! Soon, the sleep-deprived, exhausted citizens are ready to revolt. Can the people help the King face his fears and see that you can’t appreciate the light without having the dark, too?

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The Very Last Castle
Written by Travis Jonker & illustrated by Mark Pett
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ibb, curious about the lone castle in her town, forms a long-distant friendship with the guard and, despite warnings there is something fearful inside, accepts his invitation to enter.

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Sandcastle
Written & illustrated by Einat Tsarfati
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Step inside a sumptuous sandcastle packed with amazing and amusing visual details for a beach day that’s fit for royalty.

A young girl loves building sandcastles. But not just any sandcastles. She builds one so big and grand and lovely that all the royals of the world come to visit. There are banquets and balls and tournaments, a greenhouse for cacti, a staircase for skateboarding, and ice cream around the clock. Everyone seems to be having fun, until they discover sand in the royal almond strudel . . . and the fig milk bath . . . and everywhere! With a keen eye for the absurd, author-illustrator Einat Tsarfati invites readers beyond the crocodile moat to explore the intricately detailed, increasingly wild festivities that echo the arc of a day at the beach, from euphoria to gritty discomfort. The diverse cast of regal guests, from a Rapunzel-esque princess in pj’s and unicorn slippers to a pair of knights playing badminton, is just as inspired. A visual treat of a tale, Sandcastle opens the doors to a world by the sea where wit and imagination reign.

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  1. Ten Tall Soldiers - The king’s soldiers are powerless to protect him from the fearsome monsters he keeps seeing around him, until Peter points out exactly where they are coming from and what their true nature is.

  2. The Kingdom of Nothing - In the kingdom of Nothing, there really was nothing. No toys or TVs. No tablets or phones. No bicycles or tricyles or anything at all. Yet, with nothing in their kingdom, the Queen and the King, the Princess and the Prince, were still the happiest family in the land. And the reason why is simple. They all knew that the things in life that can bring you the most joy are around you all the time. You just need to know where to look for them.

Books About Royalty and Fairies

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The Kingdom of Wrenly - 4 Books in 1!
Written by Jordan Quinn & illustrated by Robert McPhillips
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

Journey to the magical Kingdom of Wrenly with this fanastical four-book collection!

Join Prince Lucas and his best friend, Clara, as they search for the queen’s lost necklace, save a scarlet dragon, tame a sea monster, and stop an evil curse from destroying the kingdom’s crops in this enchanting four-book collection.

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

This adventurous four-book collection includes: The Lost Stone, The Scarlet Dragon, Sea Monster!, and The Witch’s Curse.

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The Lost Stone
Written by Jordan Quinn & illustrated by Robert McPhillips
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

Welcome to the Kingdom of Wrenly—a new chapter book series full of fantasy and adventure.

Meet Lucas, the eight year-old prince, and Clara, the daughter of the queen’s seamstress. Lucas is an only child who longs to make friends and go on adventures. Clara knows the kingdom well, so she and Lucas team up and explore the lands of Wrenly!

In The Lost Stone, Lucas and Clara search for Queen Tasha’s missing emerald. On their exciting adventure, they travel to all the main attractions of Wrenly: Primlox (the island of fairies), Burth (the island of trolls), Crestwood (the island of dragons), Hobsgrove (the island of wizards), and the beautiful Mermaid’s Cove. King Caleb has promised to reward the person who finds the precious stone, and Lucas and Clara are determined to search the entire kingdom until they find it!

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Power of a Princess
Written & illustrated by E.D. Baker
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Recommend Ages: 9-11

Aislin is more than just a princess—she’s strong, smart, and brave, with magical gifts from both sides of her heritage! Aislin believed the rift between the fairy and human kingdoms was repaired, but soon learns that not everyone is happy living side by side. Out in the mountains, her pedrasi relatives are also on edge, combating trolls who threaten their livelihood. As Aislin learns more about her magical gifts, she knows she may be the only one who can set things right. Will she be able to restore the balance and keep everyone safe?

E. D. Baker, whose books have sold more than 1 million copies, offers a classic, original fairy-tale that celebrates beauty and goodness in all its shapes and sizes which is sure to delight readers who love magic, suspense, girl power, and adventure.

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  1. Reading Beauty - The exciting follow-up to INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA, this irrepressible retelling of Sleeping Beauty offers an African-American space-heroine whose love of reading breaks a curse, redeems the evil fairy, and creates her OWN happily-ever-after.

  2. The Cruel Prince - An instant New York Times bestseller! By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

  3. The Frog Princess Returns - Fans of E. D. Baker’s The Frog Princess, rejoice! Fifteen years after the original, Princess Emma, Prince Eadric, and all the beloved characters are back for another magical adventure from popular author E. D. Baker. Two weeks after Emma’s birthday, Prince Eadric – having been turned from a frog into a human again – is still in Greater Greensward. One day, a beautiful princess named Adara arrives at the castle in Greater Greensward for a visit, claiming to be Emma’s distant cousin. But Adara has other motives that threaten Emma and Eadric’s blossoming romance. Meanwhile, something is very wrong in Greater Greensward. Crops are dying, streams are drying up, and large sections of trees in the enchanted forest are withering – all because the Fairy Queen has disappeared. Without her, there is no peace in the magical kingdom, and dangerous foes threaten to take advantage of her absence. Only brave, tenacious Emma with her knowledge of the land can restore order . . . but first she must set out on a journey unlike any before. Brimming with lovable characters and page-turning magic, The Frog Princess Returns will bring a whole new batch of readers to E. D. Baker’s highly acclaimed, wonderfully popular world of Frog Princess series.

  4. Stolen Jewels - Princess Mini goes on a class trip with all of the other students at the Royal Fairy Academy in this third super-sweet Aladdin QUIX story. Princess Mini’s wish is finally coming true: her class is going to see the Sugar Crown Jewels! She has always dreamt of seeing the sparkly purple and pink, gold and silver gems and can’t wait to see the dazzling display at the Chocolate Museum. But when the class arrives, the jewels are nowhere to be seen! Oh no! Were they stolen? Can Mini and her fairy friends solve the mystery? Read all about Princess Mini and her merry mis-adventures at Royal Fairy Academy, in a new Royal Sweets book by Helen Perelman, author of the beloved Candy Fairies series.

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Books About Royalty and Knights

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The Princess Knight
Written by Cornelia Funke & illustrated by Kerstin Meyer
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Envious of her brothers who are in training to become knights, young Violetta disguises herself as a boy in order to take part in the big jousting contest in the hopes of showing everyone that she is just as capable.

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Power of the Fortrex (Scholastic Reader, Level 2: Lego Nexo Knights), Volume 1
Written by Scholastic
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Recommend Ages: 6-8

Clay likes to do things by the book- by the Knights’ Code book, to be exact. Clay practices his knightly skills for hours every day. He wants to be the best of the knights! Lance, on the other hand, would much rather play video games than study a book full of rules.He thinks a true knight goes with his gut. Who needs to practice?<br>One thing’s for sure: The other NEXO KNIGHTS(R) team members are sick of them arguing! Can Clay and Lance work together long enough to take down Jestro and his Magma Monsters?

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Prince & Knight
Written by Daniel Haack & illustrated by Stevie Lewis
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far from here, there was a prince in line to take the throne, so his parents set out to find him a kind and worthy bride. The three of them traveled the land far and wide, but the prince didn’t quite find what he was looking for in the princesses they met.

While they were away, a terrible dragon threatened their land, and all the soldiers fled. The prince rushed back to save his kingdom from the perilous beast and was met by a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor. Together they fought the dragon and discovered that special something the prince was looking for all along. This book is published in partnership with GLAAD to accelerate LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance.

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  1. Sasha and Puck and the Cure for Courage - The dashing knight Latouche wants to compete in a tournament, but he’s afraid to lose. What he needs is a potion that will make him brave enough to enter! Can Sasha and Puck help Latouche find his courage?

  2. Hello Knights! - New from beloved author Joan Holub, Hello Knights! is a fun, playful board book about unexpected friendship! Knights run up. Knights run down. Take the queen her royal crown. Knights march here. Knights march there. Take the king his underwear. Perfect for reading out loud, Joan Holub’s hilarious text and Chris Dickason’s lively illustrations will have little ones huff-puff laughing as the knights and dragons run up and down the castle wall. A clever, interactive approach to first concepts, this board book series also introduces important “next-step” concepts like opposites in a hilariously engaging way.

  3. King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table - Embrace your inner geek with Puffin Pixels Puffin Pixels is a collection of classics featuring pixelated, 8-bit video game cover artwork in the Minecraft style. King Arthur is one of the greatest legends of all time. From the magical moment when Arthur releases the sword in the stone to the quest for the Holy Grail and the final tragedy of the Last Battle, Roger Lancelyn Green brings the enchanting world of King Arthur stunningly to life.

  4. The Knight at Dawn - A castle with a secret passage! That’s what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the Middle Ages for another wild adventure. In the Great Hall of the castle, a feast is under way. But Jack and Annie aren’t exactly welcome guests!

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In a Small Kingdom
Written by Tomie dePaola
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

This enthralling modern fairy tale from Caldecott and Newbery Honor winner Tomie dePaola and debut illustrator Doug Salati celebrates the greatest power of all: love.

In a small kingdom along an ancient road, a bell rings out. The beloved king has died, leaving his magnificent and powerful Imperial Robe to his heir, the young prince.

But when the prince’s jealous older half-brother steals the Imperial Robe, slashing it to bits, the prince can no longer rule—and the small kingdom is in great danger. Now the young prince must find another source of power and of strength—and he finds it in a surprising place.

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Princess and the Pearl
Written by E.D. Baker
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

When Princess Annie's father and uncle fall ill and no doctors in Treecrest can cure them, there's only one person who might be able to help -- a healer who lives in Skull Cove, all the way on the other side of the world. To journey there, Annie and Liam must set sail on dangerous seas full of sea monsters and magical creatures. There, Annie finds out that the only cure for her father is a giant pearl that's been stolen and held captive by a protective sea witch. Can Annie find the pearl before it's too late?

The magic continues in E. D. Baker's irresistibly fun and fantastical Wide-Awake Princess series!

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One Last Wish
Written by Suzanne I. Barchers & illustrated by Sue Todd
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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.

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  1. Full of Empty - 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.

  2. Once Upon a Marigold - Who knew love could be so amazing–and stupefying? Not Christian. He was clueless when he started spying on the royal family through his telescope. He lives in a cave with a troll for a dad, after all. If his dad had only warned him about all that mind-boggling love stuff, maybe things wouldn’t be such a mess. But then, maybe, Princess Marigold would be dead. <p/> But Christian<i> wasn’t </i>warned. And now that he’s fallen for the princess, it’s up to him to untwist an odd love triangle–er, <i>rectangle</i>–and foil a scheming queen who wants to take over the kingdom, even if it means bumping off her own daughter. <p/> With echoes of William Goldman’s modern classic <i>The Princess Bride, </i>Jean Ferris’s hilarious parody of “Once upon a time . . .” overflows with oddball characters and sage observations–and ends with a slapstick happily-ever-after that’s full of surprises.

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Snow White
Written by Brothers Grimm & illustrated by Bernadette Watts
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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.

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Rise of the Dragon Moon
Written by Gabrielle K. Byrne
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

The princess of a frozen queendom fights to free her mother from the clutches of terrifying dragons in this middle grade fantasy debut. Princess Toli may be heir to the throne, but she longs to be a fierce hunter and warrior. Alone in a frozen world, her queendom is at the mercy of the dragons that killed her father, and Toli is certain it’s only a matter of time before they come back to destroy what’s left of her family. When the dragons rise and seize her mother, Toli will do anything to save her— even trust a young dragon who may be the only key to the Queen’s release. With her sister and best friend at her side, Toli makes the treacherous journey across the vast ice barrens to Dragon Mountain, where long-held secrets await. Bear-cats are on their trail, and dragons stalk them, but the greatest danger might be a mystery buried in Toli’s past. An Imprint Book

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Daughters of Steel
Written & illustrated by Naomi Cyprus
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Halan was once a powerless princess. Now she’s taken her rightful place as queen of the Magi Kingdom—but she wonders if she’ll ever be the ruler her people deserve. And Nalah used to be a powerful pauper. Now she’s the Queen’s Sword—but the more Nalah’s powers grow, the more unruly they become.

One vision changes everything. Nalah embarks on a quest across the desert to harness her powers, while Halan must travel through the Transcendent Mirror to help the Thaumas of New Hadar.

As a dark threat draws closer, can Nalah and Halan reunite to save both worlds—and the future of magic?

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  1. King Flashypants and the Creature from Crong - Something is frightening the people of Crong—something with long, sharp teeth, seven eyes, and an appetite for goats. The monster’s name is the Voolith, and it won’t stop until it has gobbled up everything in its path! When news reaches Edwinland, King Edwin decides he must cross the wilderness and defeat the Voolith in single combat. Even if he doesn’t quite know what “single combat” means. This next King Flashypants adventure has it all—jousting, evil plots, mini golf, fire-breathing toads, and hilarity at every turn.

  2. Prince Not-So Charming: Her Royal Slyness - Prince Carlos is on a terrifying mission: to rescue a princess trapped in a tower. Carlos soon discovers that rescuing a damsel in distress requires a damsel who’s actually “in” distress. This princess doesn’t need to be rescued–and she definitely doesn’t need a prince charming.

  3. Seeker of the Crown - One month has passed since Valor broke her twin sister Sasha out of jail. But the girl who imprisoned her there to begin with–Princess Anastasia–has gone missing. The queen, desperate to find her daughter, asks Valor and Sasha to track Anastasia down and bring her home. But just as the girls and their friends embark on the search, the queen also vanishes, throwing the realm into utter chaos. If Valor can’t restore order, she risks getting sent back to prison . . . and tearing her newly reunited family apart once again. She must rely on people she can’t quite trust, as well as her own instincts, to protect the people she holds dear. This thrilling sequel to Prisoner of Ice and Snow is just as unputdownable as its predecessor, sweeping readers back into Valor’s vivid world, the icy–and dangerous–Demidova.

  4. Diamond Princess Saves the Day - Four girls are about to become princesses! But can they keep their kingdom safe? Read to find out-- and collect the full sheet of sparkly holographic stickers in every book!

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Recess Rebels (Miranda and Maude #3)
Written by Emma Wunsch & illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

A princess and a revolutionary form an unexpected friendship in this charming, illustrated chapter book series

The girls and boys of 3B aren’t getting along. It starts with a game of tag and ends with a tug of war. In between, there are sneak attacks, a girls-only newspaper, a doughnut filled with cheese, and one stolen Frizzle chicken. Maude gets lots of opportunities to protest, but in the end, it’s Miranda who learns to stand up for what she believes in.

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Outlaws
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Book two in the hilarious Royal Academy Rebels series by award-winning author, Jen Calonita! The mixed-up fairytale fun continues as Devin and her friends contend with their banishment from Royal Academy and come up with a plan to take down the evil Headmistress Olivina.

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Misfits
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

A brand-new series from Jen Calonita, set in the world of Fairy Tale Reform School! Not everyone born royal is meant to rule...

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  1. Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters - A New York Times Bestseller

    In this third book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's Princess Academy series, Miri goes from student . . . to teacher! Miri has spent a year at the king's palace, learning all about being a proper princess. But instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses. As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen's interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home. Don't miss any of these other books from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale: The Princess Academy trilogy
    Princess Academy
    Princess Academy: Palace of Stone
    Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters The Books of Bayern
    The Goose Girl
    Enna Burning
    River Secrets
    Forest Born Book of a Thousand Days

    Dangerous
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    with Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
    Rapunzel's Revenge
    Calamity Jack For Adults
    Austenland
    Midnight in Austenland
    The Actor and the Housewife

  2. Ever After High: 5-Minute Fairytale Stories - The first 5-minute stories collections based on the fairytale world of Ever After High! ©2017 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.

  3. Royal Wedding Disaster: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess - You are invited to a Genovian Royal Wedding in this second book pulled From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, a Princess Diaries spin-off series, written and illustrated by New York Times-bestselling author Meg Cabot. Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison still finds it hard to believe that she’s a real live PRINCESS OF GENOVIA. Not only does she get to live in an actual palace with her newly discovered family and two fabulous poodles (who all love her and think that she’s anything but ordinary!), but she also gets her very own PONY! Of course, things aren’t going exactly like she imagined. Her half-sister Mia is very busy learning how to take over the country while trying to plan a wedding and her father is actually getting remarried himself—to Mia’s mother!—and spends most of his time “renovating” the summer palace, although Grandmere says he is just hiding from the wedding preparations. Olivia hardly gets to see either of them. Fortunately, Grandmere has her own plans for Mia’s wedding, and needs Olivia’s help to pull them off. Just when Olivia starts to think that things are going to work out after all, the palace is invaded by a host of new cousins and other royals who all seem to be angry at Olivia (although Grandmere says they are just jealous). As the day of the wedding gets closer and closer, Olivia becomes more and more worried. For such a carefully planned event, it seems like a LOT of things are going wrong. . . . Can Olivia keep this royal wedding from becoming a royal disaster? This is fun, illustrated middle grade—and this is the first series illustrated by Meg Cabot herself! The paperback features an interview with Meg Cabot and an excerpt of the next book.

  4. Princess Academy - While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.

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Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?
Written by Carmela LaVigna Coyle & illustrated by Mike Gordon and Carl Gordon
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

Every inquisitive little girl wonders what it is really like to be a genuine princess. At the heart of Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? lives an energetic, spirited, and contemporary child who has lots of important questions for her mom. Do princesses ride tricycles, climb trees, do chores, or have to eat the crusts of their bread? The mother’s voice is timelessly reassuring as she answers her daughter’s questions and advises her that being like a princess has to do with what we are on the inside.

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The Lost Princess
Written by Connie Glynn
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Princess Hair
Written & illustrated by Sharee Miller
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Princesses with curls wear pearls. Princesses with head wraps take long naps. And princesses with teeny-weeny Afros wear teeny-weeny bows. Celebrate different hair shapes, textures, and styles in this self-affirming picture book! From dreadlocks to blowouts to braids, Princess Hair shines a spotlight on the beauty and diversity of black hair, showing young readers that every kind of hair is princess hair. Debut author-illustrator Sharee Miller encourages confidence and pride in this playful, colorful picture book that teaches readers to love every bit of themselves.

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  1. Princess in Practice -  YouTube star Connie Glynn is back with the sparkling follow-up to Undercover Princess, which Kirkus described as “Cinderella meets Mean Girls while at Hogwarts.” Lottie Pumpkin never expected to become a royal during her first year at Rosewood Hall. But now that she and secret princess Ellie Wolfe’s fates have been inextricably entwined by the dramatic events of the last school year, they’re both just hoping for a peaceful return to Rosewood. The ivy-covered walls of Rosewood tend to hold secrets, though—and when students start being targeted by members of the mysterious undercover society Leviathan, Lottie and Ellie must find the culprit before the danger threatens to close down the one place where they both feel at home. A new princess, an old enemy—readers will devour this captivating sequel, perfect for fans of Meg Cabot and Shannon Hale.

  2. Lana Swims North - Fans of Rainbow Magic and Mermaid Tales will love this new series full of adventures under the sea!

  3. The Truly Brave Princesses - 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?

  4. I Can Build It! - Dream BIG with Princess Truly, in this rhyming early reader perfect for fans of Rosie Revere, Engineer!

Books About Royalty and Unicorns

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Puppy Prince, Volume 3
Written by & illustrated by Ellen Stubbings
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Recommend Ages: 7-9
Will Itty get along with Prince Puppy of Wagmire? Find out in this third adorable book in the Itty Bitty Princess Kitty chapter book series!
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Prism's Paint
Written by & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

Welcome to an enchanted land ruled by unicorn princesses!
Cressida Jenkins, a unicorn-obsessed girl who is sure that unicorns are real, is invited to visit, and readers will be thrilled to journey to the Rainbow Realm along with her! In each story, Cressida is called to help a unicorn princess and her sisters in a magical adventure.

In Prism's Paint, Ernest the blundering wizard-lizard casts a spell that accidentally alters Princess Prism's power--instead of being able to turn objects different colors, she now makes them clear! The only way to reverse the spell is to find the missing rainbow of the Valley of Light, and the unicorn princesses know who can help them: Cressida! But will Cressida be able to find the rainbow and restore Prism's powers?

This sweet series is full of sparkle, fun, and friendship.

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Flash's Dash
Written by & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

Welcome to an enchanted land ruled by unicorn princesses!
Cressida Jenkins, a unicorn-obsessed girl who is sure that unicorns are real, is invited to visit, and readers will be thrilled to journey to the Rainbow Realm along with her! In each story, Cressida is called to help a unicorn princess and her sisters in a magical adventure.

In Flash's Dash, the annual Thunder Dash is approaching, and Princess Flash has opened the race to non-unicorns for the first time ever! Cressida is the first human girl invited to participate, but Ernest the wizard-lizard accidentally casts a spell that covers the race track in sticky, pink goo! Can Cressida and the unicorn princesses find a way to save the race?

This magical chapter book series is full of fun, sparkle, and friendship.

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  1. Breeze's Blast - Welcome to an enchanted land ruled by unicorn princesses! Cressida Jenkins, a unicorn-obsessed girl who is sure that unicorns are real, is invited to visit, and readers will be thrilled to journey to the Rainbow Realm along with her! In each story, Cressida is called to help a unicorn princess and her sisters in a magical adventure. Princess Breeze invites Cressida to the Blast--a special day where all the unicorn princesses ride huge kites into the clouds for a fantastic feast in the sky. But Ernest, the blundering wizard-lizard, once again casts an errant spell that might ruin everything! Will Cressida be able to find a way to save the Blast? This magical series is full of sparkle, fun, and friendship.

  2. Moon's Dance - Welcome to an enchanted land ruled by unicorn princesses!
    Cressida Jenkins, a unicorn-obsessed girl who is sure that unicorns are real, is invited to visit, and readers will be thrilled to journey to the Rainbow Realm along with her! In each story, Cressida is called to help a unicorn princess and her sisters in a magical adventure. When Princess Moon invites Cressida to the annual Starlight Ball in the Night Forest, she can't wait to dress up in her gown and dance the night away. But Ernest the blundering wizard-lizard casts a spell that vanishes the entire ballroom, and the only other available space is filthy--it hasn't been used in years. Will Cressida be able to find a way to decorate the old ballroom? One thing is certain, all the unicorn princesses will need to use their magic together! This magical series is full of sparkle, fun, and friendship.

  3. Sunbeam's Shine - Welcome to an enchanted land ruled by unicorn princesses!
    Cressida Jenkins, a unicorn-obsessed girl who is sure that unicorns are real, is invited to visit, and readers will be thrilled to journey to the Rainbow Realm along with her! In each story, Cressida is called to help a unicorn princess and her sisters in a magical adventure. In the first story, a blundering wizard-lizard casts a spell that accidentally robs Princess Sunbeam of her magic yellow sapphire. Without it, she loses her powers--the ability to create light and heat. The only way to reverse the spell is for a human girl who believes in unicorns to find the yellow sapphire and reunite Sunbeam with her gemstone. Sunbeam ventures into the human world and enlists Cressida's help, who is thrilled to visit the Rainbow Realm. But finding Sunbeam's sapphire isn't quite as easy as she thought it would be . . . This sweet series is full of sparkle, fun, and friendship.

  4. Bloom's Ball - Welcome to an enchanted land ruled by unicorn princesses!
    Cressida Jenkins, a unicorn-obsessed girl who is sure that unicorns are real, is invited to visit, and readers will be thrilled to journey to the Rainbow Realm along with her! In each story, Cressida is called to help a unicorn princess and her sisters in a magical adventure. In the third installment, Princess Bloom is busy preparing for her birthday party in the Magic Garden. When Cressida comes to help Bloom set up the final touches, they find a flock of quails destroying all the decorations. Bloom is devastated--her hard work is ruined! Can Cressida find a way to save the party? One thing is certain--she'll need everyone's help to do it! This sweet series is full of sparkle, fun, and friendship.

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Prince Not-So Charming: The Dork Knight
Written by Roy L Hinuss
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The third chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series features Prince Carlos figuring out how to be charming even when locked in mortal combat. Prince Carlos Charles Charming has a secret: He’d much rather tell jokes than be a prince. But when you’re the heir to Faraway Kingdom, you don’t always get what you want. Which is why Carlos has to learn how to joust. Carlos is surprisingly great at jousting, from spearing haystacks to smashing watermelons. But when a tournament rolls around, suddenly Carlos realizes he has to actually point his lance at other people—and they’ll point theirs back! Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: The Dork Knight shows it’s hard to live up to the fairy tale—and that the best way to win a contest can be embracing your own dorkiness. An Imprint Book

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Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter
Written by Roy L Hinuss
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

In the fourth chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series, Prince Charming faces his greatest challenge yet: a fancy party. Prince Carlos Charles Charming isn’t the princeliest of princes. But he might be the funniest. Unfortunately, being hilarious won’t help much at a birthday party thrown by an evil queen with no sense of humor. And if Carlos, his pet dragon, and his friend Pinky don’t bring the right presents and fail to dance perfectly, the evil queen might declare war. Can Carlos and his friends keep the party from turning into a disaster? Who are we kidding? The real question is: After starting a food fight, can they save their kingdom? Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter is for every kid who worries about how to survive their next party. An Imprint Book

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Prince Not-So Charming: Wild Wild Quest
Written by Roy L Hinuss
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The sixth chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series features Prince Carlos going on a quest—and disaster is never far away. Prince Carlos Charles Charming tells a lot more jokes than your standard prince is probably supposed to. But he’s been working hard to live up to his princely expectations. That’s good, because the ultimate prince, Gilbert the Gallant, has gone missing! Carlos, his friend Pinky, and his pet dragon Smudge are assigned to go find Gilbert and complete his quest. But how can Carlos do what the oh-so-perfect Gilbert couldn’t? Especially when Smudge sets their boat on fire before they’ve gone very far? And every princely voyage involves a sea monster! Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: Wild Wild Quest shows how even princes struggle sometimes—but the only way to get through it is one step at a time. An Imprint Book

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  1. Frost Friends Forever - It’s Winter Break at Hilltop Academy and Lina couldn’t be more excited. With time off from school, Lina’s parents say it’s all right for her best friend, Claudia, to come up to their cloud palace for a sleepover (as long as she double pinkie-swears never to tell the royal family secret!). Claudia can’t wait to see what it’s like to actually be a real princess! <p/>But she soon learns that all the stuffy palace protocol isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds. The girls just have to get out and play! Claudia suggests they go down to the ground and have some fun with Lina’s winter magic. They have a blast sledding and skating in the snow until an actual winter blizzard moves in. The girls are stuck on the ground, lost in the storm. They will have to get resourceful, be brave, work together - and use Lina’s magic in a creative way - if they are going to find their way out.

  2. Slush Puppy Love - A fun-filled chapter book series that answers the question: What if Frozen's Elsa went to regular school?

  3. Princess Snowbelle and the Snow Games - 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.

  4. I Am a Super Girl! - Princess Truly to the rescue!

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May I Bring a Friend?
Written by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers & illustrated by Beni Montresor
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

An imaginative boy brings a surprising array of friends to dine at the palace in this Caldecott Medal–winning picture book.

One day, a small boy receives a very special invitation—the King and the Queen have invited him to the castle for tea. He accepts, with one question: “May I bring a friend?”

“Any friend of our friend is welcome here,” says the King. But their guest’s friend turns out to be someone they never expected!

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers’s rhythmic text and the fantastical, jewellike artwork of Beni Montresor have made this book a favorite for more than twenty-five years.

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Royal Ball, Volume 2
Written by & illustrated by Ellen Stubbings
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Recommend Ages: 7-9
Itty must learn to dance before her first royal ball in this second adorable book in the Itty Bitty Princess Kitty chapter book series!
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The Poisoned Apple: A Fractured Fairy Tale
Written & illustrated by Anne Lambelet
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Sometimes bad decisions come back to bite you...

The princess is too sweet, too kind--but the witch knows just how to handle a princess like that. One bite from a painstakingly made poisoned apple should do it! Once the apple is in the hands of the princess, the plan is in motion. But when the kindhearted princess gives the apple away, the witch watches as her plot spirals out of control. Can she get the apple back before it's too late? Who will end up with a happily ever after?

What goes around comes around in this darkly humorous fairy tale, sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats and howling with laughter.

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  1. Wings for Wyatt - In book 6 of the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha and Wyatt try to find a way to get Wyatt to the Island of Royal Flying Horses. Sasha’s better-than-best friend Wyatt wants to come along once he finds out about her trip to visit the island where royal flying horses live. But the island is far away and Wyatt can’t fly. Can Sasha come up with a way to take Wyatt with her?

  2. Newest Princess, Volume 1 - Itty Bitty Kitty is about to become the princess of Lollyland in this first adorable book in the Itty Bitty Princess Kitty chapter book series!

  3. Princess Cora and the Crocodile - Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She’s sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She’s sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won’t let her have a dog. But when she writes to her fairy godmother for help, she doesn’t expect that help to come in the form of a crocodile—a crocodile who does not behave properly. With perfectly paced dry comedy, children’s book luminaries Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca send Princess Cora on a delightful outdoor adventure — climbing trees! getting dirty! having fun! — while her alter ego wreaks utter havoc inside the castle, obliging one pair of royal helicopter parents to reconsider their ways.

  4. The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story - A heartwarming tale about a beagle and the Duchess who adopted him, this picture book is inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue dog, Guy. When he was a pup, Guy was just like any dog in the shelter; he liked to bark and follow his nose, and dreamed of a forever home above all things. But when Guy met Meghan, he had no idea he was about to star in his own Cinderella story. Guy can now be spotted escorting Queen Elizabeth and frolicking in Buckingham Palace. This rags-to-riches story of how one regal beagle got a second chance at life will charm and delight.

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Wherever I Go
Written by Mary Wagley Copp & illustrated by Munir D. Mohammed
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

A hopeful and timely picture book about a spirited little girl living in a refugee camp.

Of all her friends, Abia has been at the Shimelba Refugee Camp the longest—seven years, four months, and sixteen days. Papa says that’s too long and they need a forever home. Until then, though, Abia has something important to do. Be a queen.

Sometimes she’s a noisy queen, banging on her drum as she and Mama wait in the long line for rice to cook for dinner. Sometimes she’s a quiet queen, cuddling her baby cousin to sleep while Auntie is away collecting firewood. And sometimes, when Papa talks hopefully of their future, forever home, Abia is a little nervous. Forever homes are in strange and faraway places—will she still be a queen?

Filled with hope, love, and respect, Wherever I Go is a timely tribute to the strength and courage of refugees around the world.

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The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings
Written by Sarah Prineas
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

“A page-turner of a fantasy with elements of humor as well as intrigue, swordplay, and librarian-versus-hostile-book combat.” —Booklist From Sarah Prineas, author of the acclaimed Magic Thief series, comes a stunning new tween fantasy where books literally come to life! The powerful Lost Books at the palace library are infecting the rest with an evil magic, and two unlikely friends must figure out who, or what, is controlling the books and their power. If they can’t, the entire kingdom could be at risk. Sarah Prineas returns to her classic middle grade roots with this imaginative, fast-paced adventure for book lovers everywhere.

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Beast & Crown #2: The Ice Witch
Written by Joel Ross
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

From Texas Bluebonnet Award winner Joel Ross, author of The Fog Diver, comes the second book in his sweeping fantasy duology. Ji and his friends Roz, Sally, and Chibo have gone into hiding following the disastrous Diadem Rite, where they were transformed from humans into half-beasts. It’s their hope that they will survive the epic journey to the Ice Witch to be restored to humans again before they run out of time. But they know the evil Summer Queen’s soldiers are tracking them and fear that she is hot on their (at times abnormally large and fluffy) tails… With the help of goblins, ogres, trolls, and a few mermaids along the way, Ji and his band of unlikely heroes must save their world from being eternally divided. Ross’s smart and fast-paced writing, paired with an addictive, suspenseful, and funny storyline, will leave readers hanging on every word. Fans will cheer for this endearing crew of servants, led by the amazing and dynamic Ji, who are changed forever and must fight for their freedom.

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  1. Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves - From the

  2. Does the Queen Wear Her Crown to Bed? - For bedtime stories, the beautifully illustrated ‘Does The Queen Wear Her Crown in Bed?’ will answer all of the important questions little ones have about our Monarch.

  3. The Brave Little Seamstress - “Goodness!” the little seamstress said. “I’ve killed seven flies with one blow.” And to mark the event, she took out her favorite coat and stitched on the back: SEVEN WITH ONE BLOW! Proud of her amazing feat, the brave little seamstress sets off to tell the world. It’s not her fault if, along the way, a giant sees her coat and thinks she slayed seven giants, now is it? Based on the classic fairy tale “The Brave Little Tailor,” Mary Pope Osborne’s spirited retelling – this time starring a gutsy seamstress – and Giselle Potter’s charming illustrations take you to a magical world where a little heroine meets even the biggest challenges with wit and imagination.

  4. The Sleeper and the Spindle - In a beautiful collaboration, New York Times bestselling and Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and Kate Greenaway-winning illustrator Chris Riddell have created a thrillingly reimagined fairy tale, “told in a way only Gaiman can” and featuring “stunning metallic artwork” (GeekInsider.com). The result is a beautiful and coveted edition of The Sleeper and the Spindle that the Guardian calls “a refreshing, much-needed twist on a classic story.” In this captivating and darkly funny tale, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have twisted together the familiar and the new as well as the beautiful and the wicked to tell a brilliant version of Snow White’s (sort of) and Sleeping Beauty’s (almost) stories. This story was originally published (without illustrations) in Rags & Bones (Little, Brown, 2013). This is the first time it is being published as an illustrated, stand-alone edition, and the book is a beautiful work of art.

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The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare
Written by Shannon Hale & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
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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.

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Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle
Written by Dean Hale and Shannon Hale & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
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Recommend Ages: 5-8
Something smells like trouble! Can five princess heroes and one Goat Avenger pool their talents to vanquish a monstrous stink?
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The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate
Written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Princess in Black investigates when a monster disrupts her playdate with Princess Sneezewort, but she’ll need the help of her friend to catch the shapeshifting creature.

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  1. The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem - With a noisy giant crashing around the kingdom, the Princess in Black uses the Sparkle Signal to call ALL her heroic friends together--for the biggest adventure yet.

  2. Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare - It's mayhem at the science fair! A squishy goo monster is a challenge for the Princess in Black -- but luckily some science-loving princesses are on hand to help.

  3. The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation - For a monster-battling princess a peaceful time away is hard to find. After all, the Goat Avenger, a new hero who looks oddly familiar, has offered to protect the goats while she takes a much needed break. The very next day Princess Magnolia rides her bicycle to the seaside, where the air is salty, the sun is shiny, and the sea is as blue as monster fur. But just as Princess Magnolia is about to take a nap on her hammock, she hears a “ROAR!” Seriously? A monster? On the perfect beach? Impossible! Could a sea monster really ruin this vacation for the Princess in Black?

  4. The Princess in Black - Who says princesses don't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

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Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
Written & illustrated by Ian Falconer
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

In this picture book starring the world’s most imaginative pig, Olivia embarks upon a quest for identity with very lofty goals—and being a princess is NOT one of them!

Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! She wants to do more than just fit in! So what will she be? Join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality, and rest assured, you won’t find THIS pig pleased to be in pink!

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The Christmas Stick
Written by Tim J Myers & illustrated by Necdet Yilmaz
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

One Christmas Eve in a far kingdom, the royal family gathered to open presents―which mainly meant watching the prince open his… So begins a children’s story about taking, but also giving―about stubbornness, but also a change of heart. The spoiled prince doesn’t realize that he’s actually bored with all the magnificent gifts he’s given. And he carries a deeper sadness, one that would stay locked away, a secret even from him, if his wise grandmother hadn’t understood that what he really needed was…a stick. It was sturdy, and as long as he was tall. But it was just a stick. And yet this simple gift opens the prince to precious things. This children’s picture book explores the power of imagination, the pleasure of doing, and eventually, the heart-soothing, joy-inducing warmth of not only being loved―but loving.

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My Magical Dragon
Written by & illustrated by Yujin Shin
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

With interactive elements on every page, follow a dragon through his magical land! Meet the sparkly dragon who brightens the world wherever he goes! Push, pull, spin, and slide your way through his enchanted land as he takes a prince and princess for a ride, stops for tea, and plays with his dragon friends. Readers spin a wheel to animate the character on the front cover, and holographic foil creates a truly impressive effect as the dragon’s body flows with magic. With gentle rhymes, bright colors, and a bit of sparkle and shine, this novelty board book is sure to delight!

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  1. The Very Fairy Princess - While her friends and family may not believe in fairies, Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess. From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do: she dresses in her royal attire, practices her flying skills, and she is always on the lookout for problems to solve. But it isn’t all twirls and tiaras - as every fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails and scabby knees are just the price you pay for a perfect day! <p/>This new picture book addition to the Julie Andrews Collection features the joyful illustrations of Christine Davenier, and is sure to inspire that sparkly feeling within the hearts of readers young and old.

  2. King Alice - A young girl wakes her father by informing him that she is Queen Alice, then draws him and other family members into her imaginative activities, from writing a book to a sleepover with fairies.

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Princess Baby, Night-Night
Written & illustrated by Karen Katz
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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.

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Princess and the Pea
Written by Hans Christian Andersen & illustrated by Carly Gledhill
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

**Bedtime Classics: charmingly illustrated board book editions of perennial favorites, simplified for the youngest readers!**

Bedtime Classics introduce classic works of fiction to little literary scholars through character-driven narratives and colorful illustrations. Designed to be the perfect one-minute bedtime story (or five minutes–if you’re begged to read it over and over), parents can feel good about exposing their children to some of the most iconic pieces of literature while building their child’s bookshelf with these trendy editions!

A King and Queen invite all the princesses in the land to their palace to find a proper suitor for their son, the prince. But when an unconventional princess stumbles through the castle gates, she’s put to the ultimate test. By setting a pea under a large stack of mattresses, the royal family will discover if the girl is “princess material” once and for all.

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The Night Knights
Written by Gideon Sterer & illustrated by Cory Godbey
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nighttime can be scary. Every bump, thump, or scratch could be a monster lurking under the bed or in a closet. But if that’s the case, then why haven’t we ever seen a monster? You might think that’s because monsters don’t exist. But maybe monsters do exist . . . but so do something else: The Night Knights. And when night falls, they take their place, protecting us all from the terrors lurking in the dark. With a lyrical text reminiscent of the bestseller Dream Animals, The Night Knights introduces reluctant sleepers to the many fantastical warriors who will protect them while they slumber, from the Guardians of the Gates to the Midnight Flock.

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  1. Good Night, Knight - Knight and Horse follow their dreams . . . but will they find the treasure they’re after? Find out in this Guided Reading Level F Book. Clank! Clank! Clip-Clop! Knight and his faithful Horse are on a quest to find the golden cookies of Knight’s dreams. Far and wide they travel, trotting through the land in search of treats– but the cookies are nowhere to be found. Finally they return home, where a surprise in the kitchen awaits to reward their valiant quest. With simple text featuring repetition and predictable patterns, this Knight’s tale is ideal as a read aloud, or for emergent readers to tackle on their own. Sketchy, energetic illustrations by Caldecott Honoree Betsy Lewin add humor and detail as Knight, who never takes off his signature armor, peers into trees and into bushes in search of his golden prize,. The award-winning I Like to Read® series focuses on guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards. Acclaimed author-illustrators–including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors—create original, high quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read with parents, teachers, or on their own! For kids who’ve mastered the earlier levels, Level F readers feature longer, more varied sentences, and encourage kids to decode new multi-syllable words in addition to recognizing sight words. Stories are more complex, and the illustrations provide support and additional detail.

  2. Queen Panda Can't Sleep - Queen Panda hasn't been able to sleep for days. Her subjects are worried and exhausted from serving her day and night. Something must be done! As news spreads throughout the kingdom that a reward will be given to whoever can make the Queen sleep, animals from faraway places rush to the palace to try their luck. Who will find the magic solution to Queen Panda's problem?

    Bright illustrations bring together animals from all over the world in this humorous and clever bedtime story.

    StarBerry Books, an imprint of Kane Press, is a library full of diverse and imaginative children's books created by authors and artists from all over the globe. Read Your Way Around the World!

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Princess Truly and the Hungry Bunny Problem
Written by Kelly Greenawalt & illustrated by Amariah Rauscher
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Recommend Ages: 2-3

Princess Truly, the clever princess with magical hair, is playing outside when she hears a very sad sigh. Ever the curious girl, she decides to investigate and her beloved pug, Sir Noodles, follows her. They soon discover a very sad Lola Little. Lola’s bunny friends are hungry because her garden will not grow any carrots. Princess Truly and Sir Noodles are happy to help her with her hungry bunny problem. This enchanting tale features the delightful and whimsical illustrations of Amariah Rauscher.

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The Witch's Curse
Written by Jordan Quinn & illustrated by Robert McPhillips
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

It’s up to Lucas and Clara to reverse a curse on the kingdom in this fourth chapter book in the fantastical Kingdom of Wrenly series.

Someone has cursed the Kingdom of Wrenly, making it rain nonstop for six whole days! The fields are in danger of flooding, which will ruin all the crops. Can Lucas and Clara figure out who’s behind the evil spell and stop the villain before it’s too late?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Tales of Sasha 7: The Royal Island
Written by Alexa Pearl & illustrated by Paco Sordo
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Recommend Ages: 6-8

In book seven of the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha, Wyatt, and Kimani travel to the royal island of flying horses! Sasha, Kimani, and Wyatt are flying to the island of royal flying horses where the King and Queen are waiting to meet Sasha! The journey is going well until a powerful storm forces them to take shelter on a small island until the next morning. But the King and Queen have to leave the royal island in a few hours, and the trio is off course and without their map! Will Sasha find a way to get to the island before the King and Queen leave?

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  1. Tales of Sasha 8: Showtime! - In book eight of the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha throws a party for the horses of Verdant Valley and Crystal Cove! The King and Queen have put Sasha in charge of planning a Summer Solstice celebration for the horses of Verdant Valley and Crystal Cove! Sasha has never planned a big party before, and there are so many details! Will she find a way to pull this party off?

  2. Prince Problem - Telmund is a prince who loves fables. But when a hasty witch mistakes him for bully in need of paranormal punishment, he’s cursed to transform into a new animal every time he falls asleep. With his shape constantly changing, Telmund discovers that actually living in a fairy tale has its drawbacks. <p/>Amelia is a practical princess with a wide range of skills, none of which are helpful for escaping the ball her parents have thrown to select her future husband. But then the unthinkable happens: Amelia is kidnapped by the dangerous Prince Sheridan, setting off a plot that will throw the realm into chaos. <p/>As their stories become intertwined, the dreamer prince and no-nonsense princess must work together to rescue <i>each other</i>. Otherwise there will be no happy endings for either of their kingdoms. <p/>From Vivian Vande Velde–master of the magical romp–comes an enchanted tale of princes, fairies, and the transformative power of stories.

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Prince Not-So Charming: Toad You So!
Written by Roy L Hinuss
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

The fifth chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series features Prince Carlos being turned into a toad. Prince Carlos Charles Charming is finally figuring out how to be both a prince and a court jester. But then a mixed-up wizard transforms Carlos into a toad who eats bugs and croaks instead of speaks. Unfortunately, the wizard doesn’t have a spell for reversing it. Even more unfortunately, “Toad Surprise” is on the menu for today’s lunch at Fancy Castle! Can Carlos escape the kitchen and leap back into his normal life—warts and all? Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: Toad You So shows it’s hard to live up to the fairy tale—but the first step is letting your true self show through.

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Searching for Dragons, Volume 2: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book Two
Written by Patricia C. Wrede
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Recommend Ages: 10-12

This time the wicked wizards are draining power from the Enchanted Forest. “This riotous sequel to<i> Dealing with Dragons</i> evinces the same wacky wit and skewed fairy-tale elements with the addition of a touch of romance. Once again, Wrede offers a story that will delight fantasy fans, particularly those who have relished Cimorene’s adventures in the first book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.”–<i>Booklist</i><br>

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Calling on Dragons, Volume 3: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book Three
Written by Patricia C. Wrede
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Recommend Ages: 10-12

Those wicked wizards are back–and they’ve become very smart. (Sort of.) They intend to take over the Enchanted Forest once and for all . . . unless Cimorene finds a way to stop them. And some people think being queen is <i>easy</i>.<br>

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  1. Talking to Dragons, Volume 4: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book Four - One day, Daystar’s mom, Cimorene, hands him a magic sword and kicks him out of the house. Daystar doesn’t know what he is supposed to <i>do</i> with the magic sword, but knowing Cimorene, he’s sure it must involve a dragon or two!<br>

  2. Dealing with Dragons - Meet Princess Cimorene–a princess who refustes to be proper. She is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomobyish smart… And bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon. And not just any dragon, but Kazul–one of the most powerful and dangerous dragons arounds. Of course, Cimorene has a way of hooking up with dangerous characters, and soon she’s coping with a witch,a a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird, a stone prince, and some very oily wizards. If this princess ran away to find some excitement, it looks like she’s found plenty! With a new look and new introduction from the author.

  3. Magyk - The first book in the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, featuring the funny and fantastic adventures of a wizard apprentice and his quest to become an ExtraOrdinary Wizard.

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Disney Before the Story: Anna Finds a Friend
Written by Kate Egan & illustrated by Disney Storybook Art Team
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Recommend Ages: 7-9
Before the Story is an exciting, illustrated chapter book series that features your favorite Disney heroines on fun adventures as young girls.
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Disney Before the Story: Elsa's Icy Rescue
Written by Kate Egan
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Recommend Ages: 7-9

Before Elsa was queen . . . she was a girl with magic! </p><br></p>Elsa cannot wait to spend time at her family’s summer home and test her icy powers. But after a series of magical mishaps, Elsa begins to wonder if she has what it takes to one day become queen of Arendelle, or if her powers might be a curse after all. . . .</p>

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Frozen [With Book(s)]
Written by Disney Book Group & illustrated by Disney Storybook Art Team
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Fearless<b> </b>optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey-teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal<b> </b>reindeer Sven-to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. Based on the Disney film, <em>Frozen</em>, this exciting storybook-and-CD set features thrilling sound effects, word-for-word narration, and original movie voices!<br>

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  1. Cinderella Takes the Stage - An all-new chapter-book series introducing each Disney Princess as a young girl! <BR>Before Cinderella met her fairy godmother or dropped her glass slipper, she was a young girl, and this is her story. Ella, or Cinderella, as her parents fondly call her, is getting ready for a puppet-show contest when she meets an unexpected friend, Val. Val doesn t have much, but she teaches Ella how to sew. In return, Ella shares her sewing materials with Val. On the big day, the girls both put on great shows. But who will win the grand prize? Children ages 6 to 9 who are independent readers will love this new Disney Princess chapter-book series with full-color illustrations!”

  2. Elena of Avalor: Isabel's School Adventure - Isabel tries changing herself in order to fit in after learning her smart ways make her unpopular. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Spotlight is a division of ABDO.

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The Brave Princess and Me
Written by Kathy Kacer & illustrated by Juliana Kolesova
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Recommend Ages: 6-8

Princess Alice of Greece is known for her kindness. Born deaf, she knows what it is like to be discriminated against. In 1943 the Second World War is raging, and the Nazis have taken control of Greece. All Jews in the country are in danger, including young Tilde Cohen and her mother, Rachel. On the run, they are in search of a safe place to hide from the Nazis. When they arrive unannounced on Princess Alice’s doorstep, begging her to shelter them, the princess’s kindness is put to the test.

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The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes
Written & illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico’s cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side. So two volcanoes were formed: Iztaccíhuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocatépetl, who spews ash and smoke, trying to wake his love.

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A Pair of Twins
Written by Kavitha Mandana & illustrated by Nayantara Surendranath
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Sundari, the daughter of the Chief Mahout in Mysore, and the elephant calf Lakshmi were born on the same day and remain close, and when Lakshmi’s father gets too old to lead the procession for Dussehra, Sundari suggests Lakshmi take his place.

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  1. Aladdin: Far from Agrabah - This stunning original novel will tell an all-new story set in the world of the new film, featuring Aladdin and Jasmine. A magic carpet ride full of adventure, suspense, and wonder written by New York Times Bestselling author Aisha Saeed, this story will be a must-read for any <i>Aladdin</i> fans who find themselves drawn into and enchanted by the magical world of Agrabah and beyond.</p>

  2. King Louie's Shoes - Get to know the hilarious true story of King Louis XIV of France and his famous high-heeled shoes! King Louie was a very BIG king in all ways but one: He was five-feet-four-inches short. So Louie and his royal cobbler cooked up the perfect high-heeled solution to help Louie appear taller. But after an embarrassing tumble (on the dance floor, no less!) Louie learned that his subjects were loyal no matter how big—or how shrimpy—their beloved Louie might have been. Readers young and old will relate to this silly and sweet story of King Louie XIV—a man who had it all, but still felt small.

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Disney Frozen a Sister More Like Me
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Explore a wintery world of magic in Walt Disney Animation Studio’s latest film, <i>Frozen</i>. This jacketed picture book features an original story about Anna and Elsa, the film’s two sisters, as well as illustrations by one of the artists who worked on the film.<br>

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Frozen Sing-Along Storybook
Written by Disney Book Group & illustrated by Disney Storybook Art Team
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

This deluxe picture book features a full retelling of <em>Frozen</em>, plus lyrics to your favorite songs! As an added bonus, the book includes a CD featuring three instrumental tracks!

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Sleeping Beauty's Daughters
Written & illustrated by Diane Zahler
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

The classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty is transformed into a dazzling new story of two sisters fighting a powerful curse by Diane Zahler, the acclaimed author of The Thirteenth Princess. Briskly paced and full of lush descriptions, readers who enjoy the work of Shannon Hale and Gail Carson Levine will be swept away by this spellbinding novel.

The daughters of Sleeping Beauty, Princesses Aurora and Luna, have grown up in a cliff-top palace by the sea, where they are carefully protected by their parents. No one visits, the girls cannot stray beyond the castle walls, and all sharp objects are forbidden here.

But accidents will happen—particularly when an old curse still has power. Soon, in spite of all precautions, Aurora is struggling not to slip into an enchanted sleep.

Frantic, the princesses accept the help of a young fisherman named Symon and embark on a daring ocean voyage to find their aunt—a fairy who may be able to break the spell. From fearsome beasts to raging storms, many dangers befall them, yet they must not give up . . . for if Aurora sleeps, she will not wake for one hundred years.

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  1. Conceal, Don't Feel: A Twisted Tale - What if Anna and Elsa never knew each other? As the future Queen of Arendelle, Princess Elsa’s life is full of expectation and responsibility-not to mention, questions. What type of ruler will she be? When will she have to pick a suitor? And why has she always harbored the feeling that some critical piece of herself is missing?</p> </p>Following the unexpected death of her parents, Elsa is forced to answer those questions sooner than she’d hoped, becoming the sole ruler of her kingdom and growing lonelier than ever. But when mysterious powers begin to reveal themselves, Elsa starts to remember fragments of her childhood that seem to have been erased-pieces that include a very familiar-looking girl. Determined to fill the void she has always felt, Elsa must take a harrowing journey across her icy kingdom to undo a terrible curse . . . and find the missing Princess of Arendelle. </p>

  2. Once Upon a Zzzz - Once upon a time, an author took a snooze and an illustrator took the reins telling the story—exactly the way she wants! Featuring a llama princess, a scheming penguin, space travel, and maybe even a ninja—or, wait, a dragon!—this rambunctious, clever, no-holds-barred meta-story will have young readers giggling from start to finish.

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The Queen and the First Christmas Tree
Written by Nancy Churnin & illustrated by Luisa Uribe
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Queen Charlotte brought her family’s festive holiday yule bough from Germany to England. While planning a Christmas Day party in 1800 at Windsor Castle for over 100 children, she realized a single bough isn’t enough. So she brought in the whole tree instead, making it the first known Christmas Tree in England. This story tells a little known fact about a favorite holiday tradition.

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A Royal Ride
Written by Kristen Fulton & illustrated by Lucy Fleming
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join Catherine the Great on a fun-filled ride as she schemes to invent the roller coaster in this inventive, STEM-based nonfiction picture book! Empress Catherine the Great, Queen of Russia loved her country, especially the snowy winters. Giant ice slides meant daring drops and thrilling rides for all! But every spring, warm weather melted the snow and the slides. What could Catherine the Great do to ensure fun all year round? With some ingenuity and some royal thinking, Catherine the Great would create her greatest invention!

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Assassin's Code
Written & illustrated by Alex Woolf
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

To read or not to read? With a pulse-pounding historical thriller series like The Shakespeare Plot there’s really only one answer! Journey back in time to danger-filled Elizabethan London. Alice Fletcher is a stagehand at the Globe theatre. When her brother, Richard, goes missing, Alice seeks him with the help of Tom Cavendish, servant to the power-hungry Earl of Essex. Packed with a heady Elizabethan atmosphere of political scheming, romance and murder. The swiftly paced, suspenseful plot will keep young readers on the edge of their seats while giving them an insight into the history of Shakespeare’s England.

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  1. Who Wants to Be a Princess? - “A comparison of the life of a fairy tale princess vs. that of a real medieval princess”–

  2. Cixi, The Dragon Empress - The last empress of China, Cixi fought ruthlessly to isolate her country from the West, while cloistered inside her lavish Forbidden City, ignoring the needs of her people. But was the Dragon Empress evil or just out-of-touch? Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame whose ignorance brought a centuries-old dynasty crashing down, ending the imperial system that had ruled China for millennia.

  3. Cleopatra VII, Daughter of the Nile - Written in a diary-style format, this work presents the experiences and feelings of the young queen-to-be while providing informative facts about her homelife, family and royal enviroment. 90,000 first printing.

  4. Shakespeare's Scribe - When an outbreak of the deadly Black Plague closes the Globe Theatre, William Shakespeare’s acting troupe sets off on a tour of England. Widge, the orphan-turned-actor, knows that he’ll be useful on the trip. Not only does he love the stage, but his knack for a unique shorthand has proven him one of the most valuable apprentices in the troupe. But then a mysterious man appears, claiming to know a secret from Widge’s past-a secret that may forever force him from the theatre he loves. <p/>”An exciting, well-written tale that is sure to leave [readers] clamoring for more.” (<i>School Library Journal</i>, starred review)

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The Thirteenth Knight
Written by Jordan Quinn & illustrated by Robert McPhillips and Jordan Quinn
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

In the thirteenth fantastical book from The Kingdom of Wrenly series, Prince Lucas and Clara learn about the legend of the Thirteenth Knight. The elite band of knights known as the Spires are searching for a new hero to join their ranks. With only twelve knights on this team, the Spires open a competition to fulfill a mysterious prophecy. The winner of the Spires’ competition must show bravery, valor, wisdom, and heart. But finding the Thirteenth Knight might prove to be the Spires’ greatest challenge ever. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Frozen 2: Forest of Shadows
Written by Kamilla Benko
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Anna of Arendelle wants nothing more than to be helpful to her older sister, Elsa. But as far as Anna can see, ever since Elsa’s coronation, her sister has been doing just fine without her. And now, Elsa will be setting sail for a grand tour of the world–leaving Anna behind. But a mysterious sickness strikes Arendelle, and Elsa’s tour is delayed, giving Anna the perfect opportunity to finally help. When Anna discovers a secret room in the castle and incants a magic spell, she hopes it will make her dream of curing the sickness come true. Instead, a more sinister dream comes to life. This thrilling original middle grade novel bridges the epic adventures of <i>Frozen</i> and <i>Frozen 2</i>. </p>

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Lost Stone (Bound for Schools & Libraries)
Written by Jordan Quinn & illustrated by Robert McPhillips
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Recommend Ages: 6-8

Welcome to the Kingdom of Wrenly–a new chapter book series full of fantasy and adventure. <BR>Meet Lucas, the eight year-old prince, and Clara, the daughter of the queen’s seamstress. Lucas is an only child who longs to make friends and go on adventures. Clara knows the kingdom well, so she and Lucas team up and explore the lands of Wrenly! <BR>In “The Lost Stone,” Lucas and Clara search for Queen Tasha’s missing emerald. On their exciting adventure, they travel to all the main attractions of Wrenly: Primlox (the island of fairies), Burth (the island of trolls), Crestwood (the island of dragons), Hobsgrove (the island of wizards), and the beautiful Mermaid’s Cove. King Caleb has promised to reward the person who finds the precious stone, and Lucas and Clara are determined to search the entire kingdom until they find it! <BR>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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  1. Escape From The Palace - Mission Impossible and James Bond have nothing on this wily bunch of rabbits who are pledged to protect the Queen of England—and the President of the United States—from a dastardly plot in this charming second novel of the Royal Rabbits of London series. Life is an adventure. Anything in the world is possible—by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose and a slice of mad courage! Little Shylo Tawny-Tail is proud to call himself one of the Royal Rabbits of London, a secret order who live under Buckingham Palace and fight evil across the world. But high up in London’s famous skyscraper, the Shard, the horrible ratzis are plotting to cause chaos during a visit from the President of the United States. And when the Grand Burrow is attacked and Shylo is kidnapped, it looks as though they might just manage it! Can Shylo escape in time to save the day?

  2. Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic - Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge lives a boring life on the Island in the Middle of Everything, but she longs for adventure. And she soon gets it when she overhears a life-altering secret and suddenly finds herself in the middle of an amazing journey. It turns out that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not really a mountain - it’s the belly of a sleeping giant! It’s up to Persimmony and her friend Worvil to convince the island’s quarreling inhabitants that a giant is sleeping in their midst and must not be awakened. The question is, will she be able to do it?

  3. Handbook for Dragon Slayers - Like Gail Carson Levine's books, Merrie Haskell's middle grade fantasy adventure Handbook for Dragon Slayers mixes magic, mythical creatures, thrilling action, and a wonderful cast of characters.

  4. Knights vs. Monsters - Renowned for their courage, their chivalry, and their ability to fight mythical creatures, the Knights of the Round Table face a new band of dangerous opponents—MONSTERS! In the rip-roaring sequel to Matt Phelan’s acclaimed Knights vs. Dinosaurs, four daring knights and one intrepid archer face off against legendary monsters. This heavily illustrated middle grade adventure is a hilarious tale of derring-do that is perfect for reluctant readers and fans of The Terrible Two and The Wild Robot. Award-winning creator Matt Phelan’s Knights vs. Monsters is a highly illustrated, fast-paced adventure full of uproarious knightly hijinks, surprising secrets, and terrifying monsters. When a magical boat sweeps the Knights of the Round Table off to Scotland, they take on the evil Queen Morgause and her horde of monsters. With art on nearly every page, including an epic fight scene depicted in several graphic-novel style spreads, this engaging story is ideal for reluctant readers, aspiring knights, and fans of Gordon Korman’s Masterminds.

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