Channel your inner princess with some royal reads
By Lauren on April 25th, 2012
It’s Princess Week! Yesterday Nadia wrote a great post about the appeal of princesses and today we’re continuing the celebration with some fantastic fairy tale books that will leave you feeling your most imperial. Polish off your crowns, lace up your ball gowns, and grab your fanciest robes—ladies and gentlemen of the kingdom, allow me to present to you our royal reads for Princess Week.
What is a princess without her tiara? With Make Your Own Disney Princess Tiaras from Klutz, preschool-age girls can create one-of-a-kind crowns in their own regal style. The tiaras come in sparkling Belle yellow, Cinderella Blue, and Ariel pink. To decorate them, select from an array of jewels, sequins, pom-poms, and stickers to create enchanting designs that are uniquely you. (Ages 4 and up).
With so many princesses in fairy tale land, it’s a safe bet that a few of them have become friends—bonding over wicked stepmothers, poisoned apples, and the search for Prince Charming. Wouldn’t it be great to be a fly on the wall during those tea parties? Well if you’ve ever imagined what the princesses might be gossiping about, Dear Cinderella by Marian Moore & Mary Jane Kensington and illustrated by Julie Olson may have your answer. In the story Cinderella and Snow White share their lives through a magical and funny series of letters. (Ages 3-7).
Some girls are born princesses, some girls dream of being princesses, and some girls would rather catch frogs then kiss them. Marty McGuire definitely falls into that third category. In Marty McGuire, the first book in the Marty McGuire series, Marty would much rather play in the pond than play dress-up, but her teacher has other plans and casts Marty as a princess in the school play. Marty’s horrified and she’s absolutely certain there’s been a huge mistake. But after a special lesson in the art of improvisation, Marty comes up with a plan to improve the play: why use a stuffed frog when a live one would be so much better? (Ages 6-9).
If you’re looking for a fresh spin on some timeless tales, then Wendy Mass’s Twice Upon a Time is the series you’ve been wishing on a star for. Follow your favorite fairytale princesses like Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty as they get a hilarious update. In Twice Upon a Time #1: The One with All the Hair, Rapunzel is having the ultimate bad day — she’s trapped in an incredibly high tower and doesn’t even have a decent brush for her hair. Prince Benjamin is in a pretty uncomfortable situation himself — his father wants him to be more kingly, his mother wants him to stay by her side, and his cousin wants him to get in as much trouble as possible. But when their paths cross things really start changing. (Ages 8-12).
What if you could actually end up in your favorite fairy tale? That’s what happens in Whatever After #1: Fairest of them All, by Sarah Mlynowski. In this modern spin on your favorite classics, Abby and her younger brother Jonah visit the magic mirror each night and get transported inside a different story. In the first magical adventure, Abby and Jonah find themselves tangled in Snow White’s story. Once there, they accidentally change key events! In order for Snow White to get her happy ending, it’s up to the siblings to make things right (Ages 8-12).
Ever wished you’d wake up one morning to discover you’re a princess? If you can’t be one in real life, why not play one in the movies? In The Princess Plot by Kristen Boie, Jenna just won the starring role in a movie about a princess. In the blink of an eye, she’s whisked off to a remote, romantic kingdom to shoot the film. But something is strange: Rebels firing very real guns are waging war for control of the country, and the legit princess—to whom Jenna bears a suspiciously striking resemblance—has left her post as princess and bailed on her whole royal gig. Jenna soon realizes that this is no dress rehearsal, and that she must act to save her life. Life as a princess isn’t a dream come true. Between stuffy boarding school, the ever-present paparazzi and her unrequited crush on Jonas, Jenna finds her self wishing for plain anonymity again. Which is why she runs away, only to become a pawn in a scheme to overthrow her uncle, the king. (Ages 9-12).
Which royal read are you most excited to celebrate Princess Week with? Let us know in the comments!