Nonwhite Princesses

 In today’s America, there’s an increasing demand for Black princesses, Asian princesses, Indian, Middle Eastern, Cajun, Hawaiian, and every other background. Here’s a list of picture books to meet those needs for the home, the classroom and more. Also check out the Girl Power Fairytales Page.

Black Princesses: African-American and Classic Fairytale

Rachel Isadora

The Princess and the Pea 


The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Fisherman and his Wife

Hansel and Gretel


Swan Lake

John Kurtz

Jump at the Sun: Jack and the Beanstalk …;

Jump at the Sun: Little Red Riding Hood …;

Jump at the Sun: Goldilocks and the …;

Jump at the Sun: Rapunzel …;

Jump at the Sun: Beauty and the Beast …;

Jump at the Sun: Cinderella …;

Hamilton, Viriginia. Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales.

Princess Briana by Mr. Yaba Baker

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be (Kindle Edition)  by Mini Grey

Princess Tyler Marie Chronicles  by Kimberly Jessy

The Gospel Cinderella by Joyce Carol Thomas


Black Princesses: African

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe

Chinye: A West African Folk Tale by Obi Onyefulu

Nomi and the Magic Fish: A Story from Africa

Koi and the Kola Nuts: A Tale from Liberia by Verna Aardema

The Princess Who Lost Her Hair: An Akamba Legend by Tololwa M. Mollel

Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway

Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa by Niki Daly

Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales by Nelson Mandela

Njinga “The Warrior Queen” (The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames) by Janie Havemeyer and Peter Malone (Sep 26, 2012)

Black Fairy Tales by Terry Berger

Asian Princesses

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young

Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie

Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella by Myrna J. De LA Paz

Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella by Jewell R. Coburn

The Dragon Princess: A Chinese Beauty and the Beast Laurence Yep

The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Issun Boshi (One-Inch Boy): A Japanese Folktale by Nadia Higgins

The Umbrella Queen by Shirin Bridges (Thailand)

The Moon Princess / Kaguyahime (English and Japanese Edition) by Ralph F. McCarthy and Kancho Oda

The Silk Princess by Charles Santore

The Princess and the Beggar: A Korean Folktale by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Grace Lin

The Princess and the Admiral

Stone Soup  by Muth (China)

Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella (Laotia) by Jewell R. Coburn

The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story by Judy Sierra (Indonesia)

Sorghaghtani of Mongolia (The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses) by Shirin Yim Bridges and Albert Nguyen (Oct 1, 2010)

Cixi “The Dragon Empress” (The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames) by Natasha Yim and Peter Malone (Sep 1, 2011)

Native American, including Alaska and other American

Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend and Tall Tale. by Robert D. San Souci

Spider Woman’s Web. By Susan Hazen-Hammond

The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin

The Salmon Princess: An Alaska Cinderella …; by Mindy Dwyer

The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella Story

Sootface: An Ojibwa Cinderella Story by Robert D. San Souci

 The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales by Anne Shelby

Alaska’s Three Pigs (PAWS IV) by Arlene Laverde

Sacajawea of the Shoshone (The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses) by Natasha Yim and Albert Nguyen (Sep 26, 2012)

Mexico/Latin American

Fiesta Feminina: Celebrating Women in Mexican Folktale by Mary-Joan Gerson and Maya Christina Gonzalez.

The Three Little Tamales by Eric A. Kimmel

Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican …; by Jewell Reinhart Coburn

Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci

Adelaida: A Cuban Cinderella by Ana Monnar

Adelita by Tome de Paola



Three Little Cajun Pigs by Mike Artell

The Cajun Cornbread Boy by Dianne De Las Casas

Cajun Night After Christmas (The Night …; by Amy Dixon


‘Ula Li’i and the Magic Shark by Donivee Martin Laird

Snow White and the Seven Menehune by Donivee Martin Laird (Hawaii)

Sumorella: A Hawaiian Cinderella Story by Sandi Takayama

The Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and the Magic Shark by Donivee M. Laird

Middle Eastern

Cinderella: An Islamic Tale by Fawazia Gilani

The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox

The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

The Seven Wise Princesses: A Medieval Persian Epic by Wafa Tarnowska and Nilesh Mistry

The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

Artemisia of Caria (The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses) by Shirin Yim Bridges and Albert Nguyen (Oct 1, 2010)

Qutlugh Terkan Khatun of Kirman (The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses) by Shirin Yim Bridges and Albert Nguyen (Oct 1, 2010)

Hatshepsut of Egypt (The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses) by Shirin Yim Bridges and Albert Nguyen (Oct 1, 2010)

Agrippina “Atrocious and Ferocious” (The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames) by Shirin Yim Bridges and Peter Malone (Sep 1, 2011)

Cleopatra “Serpent of the Nile” (The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames) by Mary Fisk Pack and Peter Malone (Sep 1, 2011)

Indian and Pakistani

Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from …; by Meredith Babeaux Brucke…;

One Grain of Rice by Demi (India)

Ruler of the Courtyard by Khan (Pakistan)

Nur Jahan of India (The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses) by Shirin Yim Bridges and Albert Nguyen (Oct 1, 2010)

Multicultural Collections

Happily Ever After Collection: Fairy Tales For Every Child (Mother Goose/Pinocchio/The Pied Piper/The Golden Goose) ~ Della Reese DVD

Barchers, Suzanne I. Wise Women: Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World.

Carter, Angela. The Old Wives Fairy Tale Book.

Dalton, Annie. The Starlight Princess and Other Princess Stories.

Fleischman, Paul. Glass Slipper, Golden Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella

Gross, Ila Lane. Cinderella Tales From Around The World (LEAP’S Global Understanding Book Series)

Johnson, Cait. Celebrating the Great Mother: A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents and Children.

Lambert, Johanna, Ed. Wise Women of the Dreamtime: Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers.

Lipman, Doug. Folktales of Strong Women.

Lurie, Alison. Clever Gretchen and other Forgotten Folktales.

Muten, Burleigh. Grandmothers’ Stories: Wise Woman Tales from Many Cultures.

—. Goddesses: A World of Myth and Magic.

—. The Lady of Ten Thousand Names: Goddess Stories from Many Cultures.

Phelps, Ethel Johnston. Tatterhood and Other Tales: Stories of Magic and Adventure.

—. The Maid of the North: Feminist Folk Tales from Around the World.

Polette , Nancy. Eight Cinderellas.

Ragan, Kathleen. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters.

Riordan, James. The Woman in the Moon and Other Tales of Forgotten Heroines.

Starhawk , Diane Baker, and Anne Hill. Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions.

Tchana, Katrin Hyman. Changing Woman and her Sisters: Stories of Goddesses from Around the World.

—. The Serpent Slayer and Other Stories of Strong Women.

Yolen, Jane. Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls.