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Princesses Who Go Against the Grain

Don't get us wrong--we've got nothing against princesses. Accessorizing a flouncy skirt with a tiara is a time-honored tradition and a marvelous way for kids to have fun, and their reading should reflect that. But all too often, fictional princesses are merely pretty and passive instead of active and interesting. Even in fantasy, that's kind of boring. Here we feature a list of books that will fully satisfy the sparkle set while also sending the message that girls can--and should--be the heroes of their own stories.

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The Princess Who Had No Kingdom Cover Image
By Ursula Jones, Sarah Gibb (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780807566305
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 1st, 2014

The Paper Bag Princess (Munsch for Kids) Cover Image
By Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780920236161
Published: Annick Press - May 1st, 1980

The Secret Lives of Princesses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781402766770
Published: Sterling - June 1st, 2010

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? Cover Image
By Carmela Lavigna Coyle, Mike Gordon (Illustrator), Carl Gordon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780873588287
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Published: Cooper Square Pub - February 1st, 2003

The ABC of Fabulous Princesses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735841130
Published: NorthSouth Books - February 1st, 2014