Manchester, Connecticut

Princess Stories

Picture Books (JJ)

  • Auch, Mary Jane. The Princess and the Pizza. (Folk and Fairy Tales JJ Auch)
    • An out-of-work princess applies to become the bride of Prince Drupert, but first she must pass several tests, including a cooking contest.
  • Child, Lauren.The Princess and the Pea in Miniature: after the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. (Folk and Fairy Tales JJ Child)
    • Presents a re-telling of the well-known fairy tale of a young girl feels a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds and proves she is a real princess.
  • Cole, Babette. Princess Smartypants. (Make Believe JJ Cole)
    • 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.
  • Craft, K.Y. Cinderella. (Folk and Fairy Tales JJ Cinderella)
    • Although mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella meets her prince with the help of her fairy godmother. This beautifully illustrated version of the classic tale was inspired by 17th and 18th century France.
  • Lum, Kate. Princesses Are Not Quitters! (Make Believe JJ Lum)
    • Three bored princesses decide to become servants for a day and learn what hard work is all about.
  • Munsch, Robert. The Paper Bag Princess. (Make Believe JJ Munsch) 
    • 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.
  • Oram, Hiawyn. Princess Chamomile Gets Her Way. (Make Believe JJ Oram)
    • Princess Chamomine is fed up. She's not allowed to wear anything but fussy, frilly princess dresses; she's not allowed to leave the castle grounds; and she's never, never allowed to eat sweets. What's a headstrong mouse princess to do?    
  • Shannon, Margaret. The Red Wolf. (JJ Shannon) 
    • Roselupin, a princess locked in a tower by her overprotective father, uses yarn to knit a red wolf suit to free herself.

Easy Chapter Books (JE)

  • French, Vivian. Princess Sophia and the Prince's Party.* (JE French)
    • Princess Sophia encourages a shy prince to dance with her at the Princes' Academy Ball.
  • Yolen, Jane. Sleeping Ugly. (JE Yolen) 
    • When beautiful Princess Miserella, Plain Jane, and a fairy fall under a sleeping spell, a prince undoes the spell in a surprising way.

Junior Fiction (J)

  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson. A Little Princess. (J Burnett)
    • Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin's London school, is left in poverty when her father dies, but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor.
  • Coombs, Kate. The Runaway Princess. (J Coombs)
    • Fifteen-year-old Princess Meg uses magic and her wits to rescue a baby dragon and escape the unwanted attentions of princes hoping to gain her hand in marriage through a contest arranged by her father, the king.
  • Ferris, Jean. Once Upon a Marigold. (J Ferris)
    • A young man with a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father. Sequel: Twice Upon a Marigold.
  • Hale, Shannon.  The Princess Academy. (J Hale)
    • 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.
  • King-Smith, Dick. Lady Lollipop. (J King-Smith)
    • A quick-witted swineherd and a pig named Lollipop are royally rewarded after they reform a spoiled princess. Sequel: Clever Lollipop.
  • Levine, Gail Carson.  Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep. (J Levine)
    • In this retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, Princess Sonora, who is ten times smarter than anyone else, vows to choose for herself the best time to be pricked by the spindle.          
  • Levin, Gail Carson.  Cinderellis and the Glass Hill. (J Levine)
    • In this humorous retelling of a Perrault tale, a lonely young farm lad uses his unusual inventive ability to pass a nearly impossible test and win the hand of the neighboring princess.
  • Levin, Gail Carson. Two Princesses of Bamarre. (J Levine)
    • With her adventurous sister, Meryl, suffering from the the Grey death, meek and timid Princess Addie sets out to find a cure.


  • Peters, Stephanie True. The princess primer: a fairy godmother's guide to being a princess. (J 398.21 Peters)
    • An incomparable gift for girls who dream of being a princess, this journal from a fairy godmother reveals all her closely guarded secrets about how to wear a sparkly tiara, choose a fabulous gown, what to expect at a royal ball, and how to recognize a true prince.

*This book is part of a series. Try other books by the same author.