Princess Stories

Books for young admirers of princesses. Folklore titles include collections of princess stories, and stories with especially attractive illustrations.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff

Picture Books

Disney Princess: a Read-Aloud Storybook
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Dis)
Series: Disney's read-aloud storybooks

Dance with Cinderella at the ball, laugh with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and sing with Sleeping Beauty. Each of the three stories retells the classic tale of a Disney princess who triumphs over evil and lives happily ever after. Look for more Disney Read-Aloud Storybooks.

I Am Really a Princess

Carol Shields
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sh)

A child imagines herself a princess and contrasts her everyday life with the one she could have in a castle with infinitely permissive parents.

Lottie's Princess Dress

Doris Dorrie
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Do)

When Lottie persuades her mother to let her wear her sparkly gold dress to school, their day becomes very special.

The Paper Bag Princess

Robert Munsch
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mun)
Series: Munsch for kids

When a dragon comes along and burns all Elizabeth's clothes and smashes her castle, Elizabeth wears a paper bag until she recovers her possessions. Look for more Munsch For Kids titles.

The Princess Knight

Cornelia Funke
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fu)

Late at night, Princess Violetta slips into the woods and teaches herself to become the best knight in the land!

Princess Penelope's Parrot

Helen Lester
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Le)

An arrogant and greedy princess's chances with a handsome prince are ruined when her parrot repeats to him all the rude comments the princess has made.

Princess Says Goodnight

Naomi Howland
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej How)

Rhyming text presents what a princess might do between leaving the ball and saying goodnight.

Princess Smartypants

Babette Cole
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

Not wishing to marry any of her royal suitors, Princess Smartypants devises difficult tasks at which they all fail, until the multitalented Prince Swashbuckle appears.

The Princess and the Pea

Hans Christian Andersen
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej And)

A young girl feels a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds and proves that she is a real princess.

Princess, Princess

Penny Dale
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Da)

A young princess and her friends sleep under the spell of a fairy she forgot to invite to her birthday party, until someone comes along to awaken them.

Princesses Are Not Quitters!

Kate Lum
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lu)

Three bored princesses decide to become servants for a day and learn what hard work is all about.

The Red Wolf

Margaret Shannon
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sh)

Roselupin, a princess locked in a tower by her overprotective father, uses yarn to knit a red wolf suit to free herself.

Sleeping Ugly

Jane Yolen
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yol)

When beautiful Princess Miserella, Plain Jane, and a fairy fall under a sleeping spell, a prince undoes the spell in a surprising way.

The Storytelling Princess

Rafe Martin
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ma)

Having survived a shipwreck, a princess tries to tell a prince a story whose ending he does not know and thus qualify for his hand in marriage.

Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose

Nancy Gow
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gow)

A lovely princess with enormous feet and a charming prince with a huge nose meet on a ski lift and, while their flaws are hidden, fall in love.

Twenty-Six Princesses

Dave Horowitz
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hor)

Twenty-six princesses, one for each letter of the alphabet, go to a party at the prince's castle.

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-Be

Mini Grey
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gr)

The pea gives its own version of what happened in the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea," from the time of its birth in the Palace Garden until it helps arrange a royal marriage.


Bunny & the Beast

Molly Coxe
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Beauty Cox)

Through her great capacity to love, a kind and beautiful rabbit maid releases a handsome rabbit prince from the spell which has made him an ugly beast.

Sleeping Beauty

Adele Geras
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Sleeping Beauty Ger)

Enraged at not being invited to the princess's christening, a wicked fairy casts a spell that dooms the princess to sleep for one hundred years.

Snow White

Charles Santore
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Snow White San)

Retells the tale of the beautiful princess whose lips were red as blood, skin was white as snow, and hair was black as ebony.

The Starlight Princess and Other Princess Stories

Annie Dalton
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Dal)

A collection of eight princess stories, set in a different historical period, illustrated with embroidery designs.

A Treasury of Princesses

Shirley Climo
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Cl)

Presents retellings of seldom-heard princess tales, featuring such heroines as White Jade, Gulnara, and Vasilisa the Frog Princess. A discussion of princess lore precedes each selection.