Some Good Alternatives to Traditional Princess Books

If you’d like to read your daughter, or son, stories that show princesses playing stronger or more interesting roles, there are some good alternative Princess books out there.

Here are five of my favorites. Although none of these is listed on the Books for Children home page as a top pick, they are all good books that are well worth reading.

The Princess Knight:  As the title implies, a story about a princess in a masculine role. Her strength and irreverence are a refreshing counter to the princess traits in traditional princess stories.

The Princess and the Pig:  A funny story about the accidental swapping of a baby and a pig.

Princesses Are Not Quitters:  A fun tale about three princesses who try their hands as servants one day and gain a new perspective on what the non-royal folks in a castle go through every day. Don’t miss the funny details in the illustration of the huge castle they live in.

Princess Grace:  The same Grace from the Amazing Grace book listed on the Books for Children home page discovers that being a princess is not all that it’s cracked up to be.

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink:  This one has a little bit less of a story flavor to it than the others but is still a good alternative princess book because of its straightforward examples of how princesses can have different interests and tastes but still be princesses.

Some people might now ask, what about The Paper Bag Princess? It’s a good alternative princess book, but although I know he has some huge fans, I’m just not a big admirer of Robert Munsch’s writing style, and so I haven’t formally included it in this list. But here it is mentioned nevertheless as another alternative.

Cinder Edna is a a funny book that unsparingly shreds the dated portrayal of the role of females in the traditional princess book storyline, but I am not specifically recommending it for young children because the humor and message are probably more sophisticated than most young children can grasp.