I remember my first encounter with an offbeat princess book: It was The Paper Bag Princess  by Robert Munsch. It taught me that princesses could be feisty under that jeweled tiara!
If your child is into princesses and you’re getting tired of reading the same Disney Princess books over again, try these titles from JCPL. They’re not your traditional princess books – all have interesting plot twists that create a new take on the princess theme:
Dangerously Ever After  by Dashka Slater
A feisty princess, who tends the most dangerous garden in the world, makes a new friend when a shy prince gives her some rather unusual seeds for her garden.
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude  by Kevin O’Malley
In this cooperative fairy tale written by a little boy and girl, a beautiful princess has her ponies stolen and a muscular biker agrees to guard the last pony in exchange for gold.
Princess in Training by Tammi Sauer
Viola is not your typical princess; she loves skateboarding, moat-diving and karate chopping, much to the distress of her royal parents.
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink  by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple Yolen
A reaffirming tale, full of princesses who play sports and garden in the dirt without giving up their tiaras.
What is your favorite princess book? Is it a traditional tale or a contemporary princess story?