Adventurous Princesses

Think your princess-loving girl needs a more well-rounded role model in her reading? Fear not! The princesses in these books break the mold, seek adventure, take action, stand up for themselves, have fun, and don't need a prince to rescue them.  

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Cinderella is spunky, resourceful in fresh space tale.
By Deborah Underwood
(2015)
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A good-humored identity crisis makes this one a royal hoot.
By Ian Falconer
(2012)
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Gorgeously illustrated adventure fosters imagination.
By Elisa Kleven
(2013)
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Spirited princess saves self in girl-power classic.
By Robert Munsch
(2014)
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Regular girl turns princess at night in delightful fantasy.
By Deborah Underwood
(2014)
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Princesses shine more than their tiaras in refreshing tale.
By Mary Hoffman
(2013)
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Warm-hearted, beautifully illustrated flight of fancy.
By Florence Parry Heide, Lane Smith
(2009)
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Silly, sweet princess tale is an offbeat delight.
By Kate Beaton
(2015)
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Delightful responsibility tale avoids princess stereotypes.
By Ylleya Fields
(2016)
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A high-spirited tale full of humor.
By Babette Cole
(2003)
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Fun tale of monster-fighting princess who leads double life.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2014)
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Four princesses save animals using brains and bravery.
By Paula Harrison
(2015)
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Fabulous medieval fairy tale with mighty girl heroine.
By Jorge Aguirre
(2013)
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Uproarious princess adventure is clever, sarcastic, zany.
By Sarah Courtauld
(2015)
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Sassy, quippy graphic novel shreds princess conventions.
By Ursula Vernon
(2015)
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Exciting medieval adventure with brave teens and dragons.
By Merrie Haskell
(2013)
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Engaging fairy tale spoof is clever and funny.
By Christopher Healy
(2012)
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Fractured fairy tale has plenty of twists for fantasy fans.
By Soman Chainani
(2013)
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Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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Brave kids, scary monsters, lessons galore in series debut.
By M.A. Larson
(2014)
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Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2007)
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Offbeat princess tale values girls with skills over looks.
By E.D. Baker
(2013)
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Bewitching tale with a refreshingly real heroine.
By Catherine Murdock
(2008)
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Plus-size princess turns leader in spiritually tinged tale.
By Rae Carson
(2011)
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