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Princess Power: Modern Princess Stories


Eliza Cook

Princess stories have long been a staple of children’s literature, capturing the hearts and imaginations of young readers with their tales of magic, adventure, and romance.

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However, in recent years, there has been a shift towards creating more modern, empowering princess stories that better reflect the experiences and values of today’s young girls.

From princesses who are brave adventurers and fierce warriors to those who use their intelligence and wit to overcome challenges, these stories provide strong, relatable role models for modern girls.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the best princess stories for modern girls that promote positive values and empower young readers to be their best selves. Whether you’re looking for tales of adventure, friendship, or self-discovery, these princess stories are sure to inspire and delight.

If your child loves princess stories, and you would also like to get some positive messages through at storytime, there are loads of stories about feisty empowered princesses. Here are some of the best:

1. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko

This feisty princess doesn’t need a prince to save her, in fact it is the other way round! When a dragon arrives at her castle, burns all her clothes and kidnaps her prince, she dons a paper bag and sets off to rescue her love.

2. The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke

Princess Violetta is a tomboy. However, because she’s also a princess, her strict father wants to marry her off to a prince. He holds a jousting tournament to find a suitable suitor. Violetta is so horrified by this that she enters the contest in disguise to win her own hand in marriage.

3. The Princess in Black (Series) by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Princess Magnolia seems like a typical pink and sparkly princess around her friends, but when trouble arrives, she ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes a superhero: the Princess in Black!

4. Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke

Princess Isabella is sick of being sheltered. She hates being waited on, and hates sitting around and doing nothing. One day she tosses out her crown and declares that she wants to get “dirty”. Her father, the king, thinks he is punishing her for this by forcing her to work in the kitchen and the pigsty. However, it backfires when Isabella realizes that she really loves her new life living in the pigsty, doing things for herself, working, and being self-reliant.

5. Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole

Princess Smartypants is told by her parents to find herself a husband. Th only problem is, she doesnt want to get married. She’d much rather live with her pets. The princess sets impossible tasks for her potential suitors to fulfil, and they all fail miserably, until Prince Swashbuckle arrives…