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9 Children's Books Where Black Girls Are Princesses

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Black girls no longer have to settle for their fairytales featuring flaxen-haired protagonists. Representation is important. So while you're teaching little girls about their history, be sure to give them some time to dream of new worlds.

Princess Planet: An Octet of Odes - Volume 1
An Octet of Odes Volume One is a compilation of poems that premiers eight unique characters from Princess Planet. Each character is imagined with both magic and realism. They are created in a world that is as scientific as it is colorful, adventurous, and fun. All of the princesses’ stories are rooted in the realities of geography and history. They all reflect a love of learning and an appreciation for language, diversity, and culture.



An Octet of Odes Volume One is a compilation of poems that premiers eight unique characters from Princess Planet. Each character is imagined with both magic and realism. They are created in a world that is as scientific as it is colorful, adventurous, and fun. All of the princesses’ stories are rooted in the realities of geography and history. They all reflect a love of learning and an appreciation for language, diversity, and culture


If you believe it, you can achieve it! Princess Truly is smart, courageous, and can do anything she sets her mind to do. She can tame lions, race fast cars, fly to the moon, and dance on the stars. Lively rhyme and colorful illustrations are beautifully combined to show little ones that they can do anything too.

Night after night, the twelve princesses mysteriously wear out their shoes. But how? The king promises a great reward to any man who can solve the mystery. Rachel Isadora has revitalized and reimagined this well-loved Brothers Grimm fairytale by bringing the story of the twelve princesses to Africa. The unique presentation of this classic tale is sure to enchant readers with its vibrant imagery.

When a prince sets out to find a princess to marry, he soon discovers this is not a simple task. There is no shortage of so-called princesses, but how can he tell whether or not they are what they claim to be? Then one night a great storm rages, there comes a knock on the palace gate, and the prince?s life is never the same . . .

When Tiana kisses Prince Naveen, who has been enchanted into a frog, she turns into a frog too! As they explore the bayou, they find good friends and maybe even love. But will they find a way to become human again, so Tiana can open the restaurant she's always dreamed of? This collectible storybook includes beautiful, full color art in the style of the beloved film, The Princess and the Frog.


Princess Briana
The Princess Briana book is a fun, exciting, and inspiring fairytale that touches young girls like no other princess story. Princess Briana is selected to attend a summer camp at a highly-rated school for princesses. Upon her arrival Briana realizes she is different from the other princesses. She begins making drastic physical changes in an effort to attain acceptance from her peers.  The engaging story offers up simple truths about self-image, self-esteem, and beauty for all children. Princess Briana gives an encouraging message to young ladies about loving themselves in an entertaining style that will surely make this story your child's favorite.


Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella
A Caldecott Honor author/illustrator team brings us a unique Cinderella story, with a remarkable fairy godmother to tell the tale. Adapted from a traditional Creole story, this fresh retelling captures all the age-old romance and magic of Cinderella, melding it with the vivid beauty of the Caribbean and the musical language of the islands.


The Colorful Adventures of Zoe & Star: An Activity and Coloring Book
Meet Zoe & Star, two adventurous African-American girls who just love to have fun! Follow them throughout over 45 fun-filled coloring and activity pages that inspire creativity, promote self-confidence, and celebrate diversity.

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