Alternatives to Disney Princess books

Here’s a list of books to counteract the Disney Princess epidemic that seems to be infecting preschool girls everywhere. I particularly like the first two. The links all point to the appropriate page.

CinderEnda — This one was popular with my daughter’s second grade class
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-This clever, double story follows the fates of two young women. Readers know Cinderella, who works all day, sits in the cinders, and needs her fairy godmother to get the ball moving. But Cinder Edna next door has used her spare time to learn 16 different ways to make tuna casserole and to play the accordian. LB says: I particularly like the message that you don’t have to sit around and wait for your prince. If you do things that you’re interested in, your prince will find you.

Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
Princess Smartypants doesn’t want to get married and makes life very difficult for her potential suitors.

Princess Smartypants Rules by Babette Cole
The princess wants to have a baby, without benefit of matrimony.

Prince Cinders by Babette Cole
Same author as the Princess Smartypants books. This time, Cinderella is Cinderfella.

Falling for Rapunzel
Also very popular with my daughter’s class. The kids particularly like the illustrations, which are collages with different textures. We spent nearly ten minutes one day dissecting the pictures.


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