The Secret Lives of PrincessesThough they slept through most of the Royal Wedding live coverage, my girls were riveted by the images they watched in the many recaps. And while I was also transfixed by the royal pageantry of it all, I also was quick to talk about some of the qualities I hope Princess Catherine will embody as a modern-day princess: strength, charity, kindness and a strong sense of self.

In other words, the same qualities I hope my girls will have. 

So, with the images of yesterday’s ceremony fresh in our minds, I’ve decided to round up some of my favorite Princess books that go far beyond kissing a frog or helplessly waiting for a man to make everything better. -Christina


My kids love reading about this crop of unique princesses like the Eco Princess and Princess Claire Voyant in The Secret Lives of Princesses. This book is an imaginative, often funny, and absolutely gorgeously illustrated introduction into the most unusual group of princesses ever.

Princess Bubble
A princess who doesn’t need a husband for happily ever after? I love the message behind Princess Bubble, as well as the sly sense of humor that makes this one fun for me to read aloud.
The Paper Bag Princess
The Paper Bag Princess is a modern mom classic–the perfect princess book for my girls who don’t need to brush their hair to feel pretty. This is one heroine you’ll want to hang on to for a long time.
Princess Knight
I adore the strength and cunning of wee Princess Violetta who earns the respect of her old-fashioned father in The Princess Knight. Yes, she gets her man in the end, but it’s not without a sweet twist.
Seven Wise Princesses
Looking for a different kind of princess book? The Seven Wise Princesses, A Medieval Persian Epic is for more advanced readers (or listeners who like to hear longer stories). It includes ten new-to-me stories translated from the Sufi Haft Paykar. What will stick with my girls are these stories that celebrate patience, perseverance, wisdom and love.
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