26 Splendid Books About Sleeping Beauty

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Sleeping Beauty is a classic well-loved fairy tale, and we’ve compiled a list of the best versions of the story as well as fractured fairy tales and related kids books. Whether you love the Disney Classic Little Golden Book version, you’re looking for a new take on the original story that’s full of beautiful illustrations, or you want a simplified version for an infant or toddler, this list has it all! While the covers of these different titles give you a nice hint, what may look like a replica of a former book could actually be an entirely different take on the story. We’ve provided a few lines of summary, our reviews, and marked our favorites to help you look through the list even more efficiently.

The list automatically shows all of the children’s books, but you can better filter for more specific ages or books by toggling the list on the upper left of the list. Choose board books for readers ages 0-3, as these books are more durable for little hands. Picture books are generally geared for ages 3-6, and chapter books are great for ages 7 and up, with early readers and middle grade books.

Let us know if you have any favorite renditions of Sleeping Beauty you’d add to our list!

The Sleeping Beauty book
#1
The Sleeping Beauty
Written by New York City Ballet and illustrated by Valeria Docampo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this stunning follow-up to the bestselling holiday classic The Nutcracker, The New York City Ballet presents another timeless tale for a modern ballet lover with The Sleeping Beauty. The New York City Ballet presents classic stories of the ballet with their trademark stylish, modern sensibility. This lavishly illustrated book follows the storyline, choreography, costumes, and sets of the New York City Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. With beautiful art illustrated by Valeria Docampo, this magnificent retelling is a perfect gift for an aspiring ballerina or any family who wants to add this enchanting fairy tale classic to their library.

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible book
#2
Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible
Written and illustrated by Ursula Vernon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is fabulous. The story is great for both genders, thought there are sparkles on the hardcover version, which might make it a hard sell to boys. This story is a parody on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty, and it’s all about a not-your-normal princess who fights ogres and saves everyone from an evil curse. The plot is pretty good, and I’d recommend the book for early readers on (not quite a beginning read, but it has bigger text and illustrations to make it easier). There are a lot of speech bubbles within the illustrations, which there are quite a few of. The main character, Harriet, challenges gender stereotypes and she also thinks fractions are cool. This would be a super fun read-aloud for a family, too!

Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she’s cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.

Snoring Beauty book
#3
Snoring Beauty
Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Jane Manning
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Snoring Beauty is a sweetly hilarious spin on the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.” Written in bouncy rhymed verse perfect for reading aloud, this whimsical reimagining from Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is sure to appeal to children and parents alike.

Tucked in his little bed inside the castle walls, Mouse is eager to get a good night’s sleep before his wedding tomorrow. But just as he begins to drift off, he’s awoken by a tremendous roar. SNOOOOGA-SNOOOOOM! KER-SCHUPPP! Sleeping Beauty is snoring . . . again! When the handsome Prince Max arrives, Mouse thinks he’s found the perfect scheme: He’ll convince the prince to kiss Beauty and wake her up! But when Prince Max learns that Beauty is the one making such monstrous noises, will he still want to kiss her . . . or will he run away from the noisy princess, leaving her snoring for another hundred years?

Little Red Riding Hood (Classic Fairy Tale Pop-Ups) book
#4
Little Red Riding Hood (Classic Fairy Tale Pop-Ups)
Written by Julia Seal and illustrated by Sam Ita
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Classic Fairy Tale Pop-Ups are delightfully retold favorite stories, enhanced with fresh new illustrations that have surprising pop-up features on every two-page spread. As kids turn each page, the characters come to life moving, playing, running, and adding an extra dimension to each story. In this tale, Little Red Riding Hood knows that danger lurks in the dark woods. But is she ready for the danger that awaits her at Granny’s house?

Sleeping Beauty (Disney Princess) (Little Golden Book) book
#5
Sleeping Beauty (Disney Princess) (Little Golden Book)
Written by Michael Teitelbaum and illustrated by Ron Dias
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This simplified story of Sleeping Beauty is beautifully illustrated and written to match the original Disney film. I missed having more of the details to the story, but it does a pretty good job of summarizing and you’ll still love this read if your a fan of the Disney movie.

With the help of three good fairies, Princess Aurora grows up safe and protected from the evil Maleficent. But everything changes when she meets Prince Phillip and falls in love. Disney Princess fans ages 2 to 5 will love this Little Golden Book retelling of Disney Sleeping Beauty!

  1. The Story Orchestra, The Sleeping Beauty - In this retelling of the classic ballet story, bring Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty to life by pressing the musical notes on each page. Join the King and Queen as they throw a party for their new baby, Princess Aurora. But when a terrible guest arrives and places a curse on princess, the kingdom must find the one special person who can defeat it… Read the story and then turn to the back of the book to read about the music clips. The third title in the Story Orchestra series, following on from The Four Seasons, and The Nutcracker, is for readers 4 and up.

  2. Sleeping Beauty and the Good Fairies (Disney Classic) (Little Golden Book) - This classic Disney Little Golden Book from 1958—starring Flora, Fauna, Merryweather, and Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty—is back in print! This classic Little Golden Book, originally published in 1958, features the stars of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. The three good fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, are excited that Princess Aurora is coming for a visit. They want everything to be just right, but they can’t find their magic wands! This full-color classic is back to delight a new generation of children ages 2 to 5—as well as collectors of all ages!

  3. The Sleeping Beauty - Elaborate illustrations supplement a retelling of the fairy tale of love’s triumph over the dark power of revenge.

  4. Sleeping Beauty: Les Petits Fairytales - B is for Bookworm - This board book edition of Sleeping Beauty has one or a few words on each page, paired with playful illustrations.

Sleeping Beauty book
#10
Sleeping Beauty
Written by Lynn Roberts-Maloney and illustrated by David Roberts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Young Annabel lives in the 1950s and dreams of a future with jetpacks, flying cars and robots. However, little does she know that she is living under an evil spell that could mean she has no future at all… When the curse is fulfilled on her 16th birthday and she falls asleep for 1000 years, her house is overgrown by a magnificent rose tree. A young explorer called Zoe discovers the story of Sleeping Beauty, but can she find Annabel in time to lift the curse and show her what the future actually looks like?

The Bravest Princess: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess book
#11
The Bravest Princess: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess
Written and illustrated by E.D. Baker
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Sleeping Beauty’s younger, non-magical sister, Annie, still can’t rest while trouble in the kingdom threatens her good friend, Snow White. Snow White’s evil stepmother has disappeared, and her father wants her married off right away—but who should she choose? How can she tell which prince is best? It’s Annie and her good friend Liam to the rescue! A hilarious and and fantastical romp through a fairy tale landscape from beloved author E D Baker.

The Wide-Awake Princess book
#12
The Wide-Awake Princess
Written and illustrated by E.D. Baker
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie-blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic-can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen’s true love to kiss her awake. But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn’t possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father’s guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.

The Sleeping Beauty book
#13
The Sleeping Beauty
Written by David McAllister and illustrated by Gabriela Tylesova
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The story of The Sleeping Beauty spills over with fairies and princes, passion and despair, magnificence and splendour, and the ballet version of this classic tale is the most romantic and spectacular of all. Australian Ballet Creative Director David McAllister’s impressive 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty, ornamented by internationally celebrated designer Gabriela Tylesova’s lavish costumes and sets, cast a spell of delight on its audiences, and was a sellout success. Now David McAllister and Gabriela Tylesova weave their magic again, transporting the enchantment of their 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty to the pages of this book. David’s text and Gabriela’s illustrations recreate the world of this favourite ballet for readers to enjoy again and again. Based on the spectacular Australian Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty, the One Who Took the Really Long Nap (Twice Upon a Time, No. 2) book
#14
Sleeping Beauty, the One Who Took the Really Long Nap (Twice Upon a Time, No. 2)
picture book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

The girl’s been asleep for a hundred years. The boy’s got issues of his own. There are two sides to every story…. It’s not easy being Princess Rose. Especially when a fairy curses you and you find yourself avoiding all sharp objects . . . and then end up pricking your finger anyway, causing you to slumber for a hundred years or so. And it’s not easy being The Prince. Especially when your mother has some ogre blood and tends to chow down at the most unfortunate moments. A walk in the woods would help, you think. Until you find a certain hidden castle . . . and a certain sleeping princess. Happily ever after? Not until the prince helps the princess awaken . . . and brings her home to Mother. Journey back to the days when fairy tales were true with this fun and fresh spin on a timeless tale!

  1. Sleeping Ugly - A clever twist on Sleeping Beauty for emergent readers. Princess Miserella is very beautiful outside, but inside she’s the meanest, wickedest princess around. Plain Jane, on the other hand, has a face to match her name but a sweet and loving nature that earns her three wishes from a fairy. Miserella’s horrible manners make the fairy so angry that her magic throws them all into a deep sleep. Will the handsome prince kiss the right girl?

  2. Sleeping Beauty's Daughters - 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.

  3. Snoring Beauty - Everyone knows the story of Sleeping Beauty: A handsome prince rescues a beautiful princess from a wicked fairy’s terrible sleeping spell. This story is just like the original. Except for the sarcastic frog narrator, the garlic-scented fairy, and—oh yeah—the princess in this book not only sleeps and snores . . . she’s also been turned into a hot-pink and purple dragon! Certain to charm and delight fairy tale fans across the land, this raucous retelling is anything but a snoozer.

  4. Spindle's End - “We will keep her safe.” All the creatures of the forest and field and riverbank knew the infant was special. She was the princess, spirited away from the evil fairy Pernicia on her name-day. But the curse was cast: Rosie was fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a poisoned sleep—a slumber from which no one would be able to rouse her… In the tradition of Beauty and Rose Daughter, Robin McKinley “lends a fresh perspective to a classic fairy tale, developing the story of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ into a richly imagined, vividly depicted novel.” (School Library Journal)

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

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

Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep book
#20
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep
Written by Gail Carson Levine and illustrated by Mark Elliott
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A spiteful fairy. A beautiful princess. An outstretched finger. A spindle. A hundred-year snooze. A charming prince. A kiss. All the familiar ingredients. But wait! Where did that extra prince come from? And those fairy gifts that were never there before? And what does a flock of balding sheep have to do with anything? Gail Carson Levine has waved her magic wand over the old standby of “Sleeping Beauty” and presto! It reappears, transformed, sparkling and hilarious. Chuckles and giggles are guaranteed.

Sleeping Beauty book
#21
Sleeping Beauty
Written and illustrated by Sarah Gibb
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A beautifully illustrated, magical re-telling of one of the most beloved fairy tales. A wicked fairy has cast an evil spell on baby Princess Rosebud: when she is sixteen, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. But perhaps a good fairy can save her, even if it means that Rosebud will sleep for 100 years? A luxurious gift book for every child’s bookshelf.

Briar and Rose and Jack book
#22
Briar and Rose and Jack
Written and illustrated by Katherine Coville
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

Sumptuous storytelling combines Sleeping Beauty with Jack and the Beanstalk in a magical exploration of prejudice, justice, and the meaning of true love. “I finished reading this novel with my jaw hanging open. A whole country is captive to one tyrant or another, but kids make alliances with kids, and rebellions are born. Everyone has to read this!” —Tamora Pierce, best-selling author of Mastiff Lady Briar is scorned for her appearance. Princess Rose is adored for her looks. Unbeknownst to them, one or both may bear a curse that only true love can break. But the girls have little time for curses anyway—along with their friend Jack, they are busy plotting the downfall of the evil giant who plagues their kingdom. But how can children succeed when the adults are afraid to even try? And what if the curse manifests? Whose love could be true enough to save the day?

Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty book
#23
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty
Written and illustrated by Jane Yolen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-10

A reimagining of Sleeping Beauty from a master storyteller Gorse is the thirteenth and youngest in a family of fairies tied to the evil king’s land and made to do his bidding. Because of an oath made to the king’s great-great-ever-so-many-times-great-grandfather, if they try to leave or disobey the royals, they will burst into a thousand stars. When accident-prone Gorse falls ill just as the family is bid to bless the new princess, a fairytale starts to unfold. Sick as she is, Gorse races to the castle with the last piece of magic the family has left—a piece of the Thread of Life. But that is when accident, mayhem, and magic combine to drive Gorse’s story into the unthinkable, threatening the baby, the kingdom, and all. With her trademark depth, grace, and humor, Jane Yolen tells readers the “true” story of the fairy who cursed Sleeping Beauty.

  1. Very Little Sleeping Beauty (The Very Little Series) - Very Little Sleeping Beauty is adorably re-cast as a very little precocious toddler in this modern retelling of the classic tale. Once upon a bedtime, a certain little girl isn’t very sleepy at all—tomorrow is her birthday, and she is reeling with excitement. From lullaby to stories to tickles to dancing, Daddy tries just about everything to get this little toddler to go to bed. Will Very Little Sleeping Beauty finally fall asleep to rest up for her big day? Look for all three books in this must-have read-aloud series: Very Little Red Riding Hood, Very Little Cinderella, and Very Little Sleeping Beauty.

  2. The Sleeping Beauty: My First Ballet Book - The Sleeping Beauty: My First Ballet Book retells the classic story and introduces little ones to the beautiful art of ballet. Jennifer Adams’ engaging text alongside adorable illustrations by Corey Egbert introduces little ones to The Sleeping Beauty story of kings, queens, fairies, and dancing. My First Ballet Books encourage babies to Be Creative, Be Active, and Be Brilliant through the classic art of ballet.

  3. Little Red Riding Hood And The Wolf Prince (Fairy Tales for Kids - illustrated) - “Once upon a time there was a sweet little maiden who was loved by all who knew her . . .” So begins this classic tale about Little Red Riding Hood and her encounter with the wolf one day when she is on her way to visit her sick grandmother. Paul Galdone has drawn on the Brothers Grimm version of Little Red Riding Hood, and lends beautiful, vibrant illustrations to his exciting retelling of this classic fairy tale. Small children and Paul Galdone’s older fans will cheer as the old tale comes enchantingly alive in lovely, nostalgic, full-color pictures.

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