Gift Guide for the Anti-Princess

Article by marycatherine

For those of you with little girls who aren’t into the princess thing (or perhaps are too into the princess thing) we’ve got a great selection of books and gifts that will empower and inspire! Maybe your daughter gags at the sight of dresses or takes jiu jitsu instead of ballet. Perhaps you’ve participated in your fair share of “Let It Go” singalongs, but want to teach her there’s more to life than tiaras and waiting to be rescued by a prince. Either way, these choices are sure to delight anti-princesses of all ages!

 

The Worst Princess Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385371254
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 22nd, 2014

Our favorite book of the year and an instant classic! This princess isn’t content to live in a tower all her days, so when the handsome prince turns out to be a dud, she takes matters into her own hands. With sneakers and a dragon best friend, she fights injustice right and left, making the world a better place for everyone, especially feisty princesses. The rhyming text of this book make it perfect for read-alouds, and the vibrant illustrations will delight readers young and old. Maybe a perfect book.


Magic Marks the Spot Cover Image
By Caroline Carlson, Dave Phillips (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062194350
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - September 9th, 2014

The Terror of the Southlands Cover Image
By Caroline Carlson, Dave Phillips (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062194367
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - September 9th, 2014

Finishing school just won’t cut it when you’re desperate to be a pirate. Hilary Westfield, along with her magical gargoyle best friend, run away and take to the high seas! The characters in this series are so charming and the humor is quite sophisticated, so parents and kids will enjoy it in equal measure. I was hooked by page 3 and laughing out loud from page 5! We’ve also got a great pirate dress up kit that perfectly complements this whimsical series!


Pennyroyal Academy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399163241
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Putnam Publishing Group - October 7th, 2014

This book has it all: scary witches, princesses who battle them, and a fairy drill sergeant that will have young readers cracking up! This was the biggest hit of the fall with our kid review team, so you can’t go wrong with this wild romp in which princesses get to save the day for a change!


How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel Cover Image
By Wendy Meddour, Rebecca Ashdown (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781847804327
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Frances Lincoln Ltd - November 11th, 2014

Another book about a princess doing her own thing and being awesomely independent! Rapunzel’s life is dreary until a job at the library gets her out of the house and doing what she loves. Rapunzel has curly hair AND loves to read--how could this be bad?


DC Super Heroes: My First Book of Girl Power Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781941367032
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Downtown Bookworks - October 21st, 2014

It’s DC Comics’ lady superheroes in a board book!! You can’t go wrong.


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316327930
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 19th, 2014

Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery Cover Image
By Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481422949
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - November 4th, 2014

Dear Malala, We Stand with You Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780553521207
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 28th, 2014

Malala Yousafzai, this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is an amazing role model for girls around the world! We have several great books for kids and teens about the 16-year-old advocate for girl’s education and her inspirational work.


Harriet the Spy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385376105
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - February 25th, 2014

What better anti-princess is there than Harriet the Spy? In this new collector’s edition of the book, some of my favorite women share what makes this book so special. Perfect when paired with our Spy Kits from Seedling, which have a magnifying glass, notebook and invisible ink pens for clues, mirror glasses, and mustaches--the perfect disguise! This set is the perfect way to blend a classic story with new discovery and creativity!


Spirit's Chosen Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780375873164
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - April 22nd, 2014

Deception's Princess Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780449818633
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 22nd, 2014

These historical princess tales are great for teenage fans of historical fiction and stories about strong girls! Esther Friesner has drawn from real settings and cultures to construct engaging and exciting characters who aren’t afraid to stand up for themselves and the freedom and wellbeing of their people.


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