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. To find more take-charge girls, check out our Books with Strong Female Characters and Stories of Extraordinary Women.

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Interstellar Cinderella Book Poster Image
Cinderella is spunky, resourceful in fresh space tale.
By Deborah Underwood
(2015)
(2015)
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Olivia and the Fairy Princesses Book Poster Image
A good-humored identity crisis makes this one a royal hoot.
By Ian Falconer
(2012)
(2012)
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Princesses Wear Pants Book Poster Image
Spunky tale of active princess dressed to get the job done.
By Savannah Guthrie, Allison Oppenheim
(2017)
(2017)
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The Paper Princess Book Poster Image
Gorgeously illustrated adventure fosters imagination.
By Elisa Kleven
(2013)
(1998)
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The Paper Bag Princess Book Poster Image
Spirited princess saves self in girl-power classic.
By Robert Munsch
(2014)
(1980)
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Part-time Princess Book Poster Image
Regular girl turns princess at night in delightful fantasy.
By Deborah Underwood
(2014)
(2013)
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Princess Grace Book Poster Image
Princesses shine more than their tiaras in refreshing tale.
By Mary Hoffman
(2013)
(2008)
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Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated Book Poster Image
Warm-hearted, beautifully illustrated flight of fancy.
By Florence Parry Heide, Lane Smith
(2009)
(2009)
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The Princess and the Pony Book Poster Image
Silly, sweet princess tale is an offbeat delight.
By Kate Beaton
(2015)
(2015)
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Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu: Princess Cupcake Jones, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Delightful responsibility tale avoids princess stereotypes.
By Ylleya Fields
(2016)
(2013)
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Princess Smartypants Book Poster Image
A high-spirited tale full of humor.
By Babette Cole
(2003)
(1986)
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Princess Hair Book Poster Image
Jubilant celebration of girls' hairstyles, hair textures.
By Sharee Miller
(2017)
(2017)
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The Princess in Black Book Poster Image
Fun tale of monster-fighting princess who leads double life.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2014)
(2014)
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Princess Pulverizer Series Book Poster Image
Atypical princess story is spirited, funny, full of burps.
By Nancy Krulik
(2018)
(2018)
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The Rescue Princesses Series Book Poster Image
Four princesses save animals using brains and bravery.
By Paula Harrison
(2015)
(2012)
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Giants Beware! Book Poster Image
Fabulous medieval fairy tale with mighty girl heroine.
By Jorge Aguirre
(2013)
(2012)
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Buckle and Squash: The Perilous Princess Plot, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Uproarious princess adventure is clever, sarcastic, zany.
By Sarah Courtauld
(2015)
(2015)
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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible Book Poster Image
Sassy, quippy graphic novel shreds princess conventions.
By Ursula Vernon
(2015)
(2015)
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Handbook for Dragon Slayers Book Poster Image
Exciting medieval adventure with brave teens and dragons.
By Merrie Haskell
(2013)
(2013)
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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Book Poster Image
Engaging fairy tale spoof is clever and funny.
By Christopher Healy
(2012)
(2012)
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More than a Princess Book Poster Image
Fast-paced adventure of princess who breaks the mold.
By E.D. Baker
(2018)
(2018)
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The School for Good and Evil, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fractured fairy tale has plenty of twists for fantasy fans.
By Soman Chainani
(2013)
(2013)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2003)
(2004)
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Pennyroyal Academy Book Poster Image
Brave kids, scary monsters, lessons galore in series debut.
By M.A. Larson
(2014)
(2014)
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The Serpent's Secret: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Rushed, fun adventure with Indian princess in combat boots.
By Sayantani DasGupta
(2018)
(2018)
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Princess Academy Book Poster Image
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2007)
(2006)
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The Wide-Awake Princess, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Offbeat princess tale values girls with skills over looks.
By E.D. Baker
(2013)
(2012)
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Princess Ben Book Poster Image
Bewitching tale with a refreshingly real heroine.
By Catherine Murdock
(2008)
(2008)
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The Girl of Fire and Thorns: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Plus-size princess turns leader in spiritually tinged tale.
By Rae Carson
(2011)
(2011)
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