Royal Reads

Nonfiction

Climo, Shirley. The Egyptian Cinderella.
In this version set in the sixth century B.C., Rhodopes, a slave girl, eventually comes to be chosen by the Pharoah to be his queen.

Climo, Shirley. The Irish Cinderlad.
Becan, a poor boy belittled by his stepmother and stepsisters, rescues a princess in distress after meeting a magical bull.

Climo, Shirley. The Korean Cinderella.
In this version set in ancient Korea, Pear Blossom, a stepchild, eventually comes to be chosen by the magistrate to be his wife.

Climo, Shirley. The Persian Cinderella.
A retelling of the traditional Persian tale in which Settareh, neglected and abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, finds her life transformed with the help of a little blue jug.

Dela Paz, Myrna. Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella.
Through her enduring faith in the souls of her ancestors and the benevolence of the spirits of nature, Abadeha prevails against her enslavement by the scheming usurpers in her father’s house and eventually becomes the bride of the prince.

DePaola, Tomie. Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story.
After the death of her mother and father, Adelita is badly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters until she finds her own true love at a grand fiesta.

Picture Books

Auch, Mary Jane. The Princess and the Pizza.
An out-of-work princess applies to become the bride of Prince Drupert, but first she must pass several tests, including a cooking contest.

Claesson, Stig. Sophie the Circus Princess.
Sophie tells a young friend the sad story of why she abandoned her career as a circus performer, but the story has an unexpected happy ending.

Coyle, Carmela LaVigna. Do Princesses Really Kiss Frogs?
A young girl takes a hike with her father, asking many questions along the way about what princesses do.

Dorrie, Doris. Lottie’s Princess Dress.
When Lottie persuades her mother to let her wear her sparkly gold dress to school, their day becomes very special.

Friedman, Aileen. The King’s Commissioners.
While trying to keep track of his many royal commissioners, the king learns some new ways of counting.

Funke, Cornelia Caroline. The Princess Knight.
Violetta, a little princess, is determined to become as big and strong as her brothers. She secretly teaches herself to become the bravest and cleverest knight in the land until she must face the king’s best knights in a jousting tournament. Will she be ready?

Galdone, Paul. The Princess and the Pea.
A young girl feels a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds and proves she is a real princess.

Heymans, Annemie. The Princess in the Kitchen Garden.
Ever since her mother died, Hannah has had to look after her brother. Feeling ignored, she runs away to her mother’s old kitchen garden and there has many adventures.

Hiatt, Fred. If I Were Queen of the World.
A young girl imagines all the wonderful things she could have and do if she were queen of the world and her little brother were her mere subject.

Holabird, Katharine. Angelina and the Princess.
Angelina is too sick to dance well during the tryouts for the lead in the “Princess of Mouseland” ballet, but when the leading ballerina sprains her foot, Angelina is ready to prove she is still the best dancer of all.

Lester, Helen. Princess Penelope’s Parrot.
An arrogant and greedy princess’s chances with a handsome prince are ruined when her parrot repeats to him all the rude comments the princess has made.

Mahy, Margaret. The Queen’s Goat.
A young queen and her runaway goat make quite a showing at the pet fair, where they win an unexpected prize.

Martin, Rafe. The Storytelling Princess.
Having survived a shipwreck, a princess tries to tell a prince a story whose ending he does not know and thus qualify for his hand in marriage.

Siekkinen, Raija. Mister King.
A lonely king searches his seaside kingdom for subjects.

Thurber, James. Many Moons.
Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore’s wish for the moon.

Steig, William. Shrek!
Horribly hideous Shrek leaves home and terrifies everyone he encounters in his search for his equally ugly bride.

Quindlen, Anna. Happily Ever After!
When a girl who loves to read fairy tales is transported back to medieval times, she finds that the life of a princess in a castle is less fun than she imagined.

Vaes, Alain. The Princess and the Pea.
In this adaptation of “The Princess and the Pea,” the prince is ready for marriage, but the queen is more concerned with her jewelry collection.

Ziefert, Harriet. Princess and the Pea.
The queen has a plan to help the prince find a real princess to marry.

Fiction

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Just Ella.
In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming’s proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.

Hale, Shannon. Princess Academy.
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.
A quick-witted swineherd and a pig named Lollipop are royally rewarded after they reform a spoiled princess.

Levine, Gail Carson. Cinderellis and the Glass Hill.
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.

Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted.
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Levine, Gail Carson. The Fairy’s Mistake.
In this humorous retelling of a Perrault tale, the fairy Ethelinda rewards one twin sister for good behavior and punishes the other for bad, only to discover that her punishment is more pleasing than her reward.

Levine, Gail Carson. Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep.
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.

Levine, Gail Carson. The Princess Test.
In this humorous retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” Lorelei must pass many difficult tests in order to prove that she is a true princess and win the hand of Prince Nicholas.

Levine, Gail Carson. The Two Princesses of Bamarre.
With her adventurous sister, Meryl, suffering from “the grey death,” meek and timid Princess Addie sets out to find a cure.

MacDonald, George. The Light Princess.
Because she is not invited to the christening of the princess, the King’s sister casts a spell depriving the child of gravity and the ability to weep tears.

McKinley, Robin. Beauty: a retelling of the story of Beauty & the Beast.
Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay, and though her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.

Wrede, Patricia. Searching for Dragons.
With the aid of King Mandanbar, Princess Cimorene rescues the dragon Kazul and saves the Enchanted Forest from a band of wicked wizards.

 
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