A few years ago, a patron presented my co-worker and I with a unique reader’s advisory situation: her pre-school-aged daughter was obsessed with princesses- particularly the Disney Princesses. While the mom didn’t want to outright deny her daughter the type of books filled with pink lace and willowy females, she wanted to at least present some alternatives. In particular, she wanted books which on their surface would appeal to her tiara-coveting little girl, but still have a progressive and empowering message. Thus the Anti-Princess List.
We first began compiling our list based upon Mommy Trackd’s list. From then, I’ve been adding my own favorites to it. Here are just a few of the titles from my own Anti-Princess List (feel free to add your anti-princess favorites in the comments):
UPDATE: Check out Fuse’s review of Shannon and Dean Hale’s latest, Rapunzel’s Revenge. Although I haven’t read it yet, I have a sneaking suspicion that it would fit in quite nicely on the Anti-Princess List. Out on August 19th.