If you are raising a girl, then I'm sure you've heard of "princess culture", but who wants their daughter to end up with a Cinderella complex? That's why I've put together this list of princesses who can rescue themselves. Some of them even rescue others. Overall, this is a list of books with princesses AND positive messages.
#5 Don't Want To Be A Princess by Kally Mayer
This little girl isn't sure why she would even want to be a princess! Are princesses allowed to fart or do fun things. The whole book is a fun romp for those who don't REALLY want to be a princess. This book also shows that girls can be whatever they want to be and shouldn't just limit themselves to princesses.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/PRINCESS-Rhyming-Picture-Beginner-Princess-ebook/dp/B00IZGKSR6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1467496738&sr=1-1&keywords=Don%27t+want+to+be+a+princess+kally+mayer
#4 The Smartest Princess by Mary Lee
You don't need to be pretty or dainty in The Smartest Princess. You just need to be smart. Princesses compete in an annual competition and if the winner is not already a princess, then she will become one.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Smartest-Princess-Mary-Princesses-Book-ebook/dp/B00CYXW2JS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1467496523&sr=1-1&keywords=the+smartest+princess+by+mary+lee
#3 Princess Charlotte And The Pea by Sally Huss
The prince wants to find a girl sensitive to find a pea under dozens of mattresses. You know, the classic story. And he finds her, but the story doesn't end there. Oh no. Princess Charlotte would also like to test the prince on how sensitive HE is. And that's why I love this retelling of The Princess And The Pea.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Childrens-Books-PRINCESS-CHARLOTTE-Illustrations-ebook/dp/B0116JCU1K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1467497579&sr=1-1&keywords=Sally+Huss+princess+charlotte+and+the+pea
#2 A Moat Is Not A Goat: Poems For Clever Little Girls By Elsa Takaoka
While this book isn't completely princesses focused, it does include princess characters, which is why I chose to include it on this list. It's also completely focused on empowering girls and encouraging them to be their authentic selves. I have a paperback copy of this book and I treasure it.
There are lots of adorable poems and the stories will make you feel proud to be a girl!
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Moat-Not-Goat-Clever-Little-ebook/dp/B00Q1NTJ5C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1467497227&sr=1-1&keywords=a+moat+is++not+a+goat
#1 The Mystic Princesses And The Whirlpool
This is one of my absolute favorite princess books for a multitude of reasons. The biggest one is not only are the princesses in this book capable of rescuing themselves, but they also rescue someone else. A girl named Harmony needs protection from the children of Ares and the princesses are up for the job. Kids who read this book will learn about important life skills like self-defense and being aware of your surroundings while sliding down rainbows, riding dolphins, turning into birds. What more could you ask for in a princess book?
I own a paperback of this one too and cherish it as well!
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Childrens-Book-Mystic-Princesses-Whirlpool-ebook/dp/B00LE0N0WA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1467497283&sr=1-1&keywords=the+mystic+princesses+and+the+whirlpool
I'd love to hear from you. What books would you add to this list?