Feminist Princess Encyclopedia Needed
June 29, 2016 8:37 PM   Subscribe

Friend's kid wants a princess encyclopedia along the lines of Marvel's The Avengers Character Guide. But is there one that isn't all princesses waiting for rescue? Help!
posted by Locative to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Forgot to add: friend's daughter is turning 5. She really wants to avoid Disney.
posted by Locative at 8:50 PM on June 29, 2016

Disney unfortunately has kind of a monopoly on princesses. They make a number of books that sound like exactly what this girl wants, but if the Disney name is a problem you have a much harder task ahead of you. I think it'd just be a book of fairy tales, yeah? But those aren't typically very feminist either...
posted by town of cats at 8:55 PM on June 29, 2016

Rejected Princesses, "drawn from both historical and fantastical realms, including real life, literature, mythology, and folklore."
posted by Iris Gambol at 9:07 PM on June 29, 2016 [7 favorites]

Enthusiastically seconding rejected princesses, which also has a website with background and added information about the princesses, real life stories, etc.

.... Although some parental discretion is definitely required.
posted by Cozybee at 10:20 PM on June 29, 2016 [1 favorite]

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede fit your criteria.
posted by LoonyLovegood at 11:06 PM on June 29, 2016

Maybe try the Mighty Girl website for recommendations? Or find something about great women of history, some of them might be princesses.
posted by Coaticass at 1:23 AM on June 30, 2016

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodríguez McRobbie is fine but maybe more fit for a teenage reader.
posted by sukeban at 1:49 PM on June 30, 2016

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