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Top 10 Books for a Prince GIVEAWAY

I had the pleasure of meeting Leah Lesser from Barefoot Books today. We had fun talking about children’s books and, somehow, ended up chatting about the birth of the new baby prince.

We thought it would be fun to conjure up a book list for young princes, every where, both of royal birth or just beloved. Here are 10 books for a prince that we think belong on every young prince’s bookshelf.

What would you add to the list? Please share!

The Prince's Bedtime

Top 10 Books Every Young Prince Should Read

10.  The Prince’s Bedtime by Joanne Oppenheim

Meet a young prince who refuses to go to sleep! The entire kingdom comes out to lend a hand in this rhyming bedtime adventure. There is a hullabaloo of activity—jugglers juggling, magicians hypnotizing, dancers dancing—but it is the wonder of a good story that finally does the trick. Book with CD editions include story read by actor Jim Broadbent. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Prince's Bedtime

9. The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park

Set in 15th century Korea, Korea’s Golden Age, two brothers — one  skilled in kite making and the other skilled in  kite flying — combine their skills to compete in a kite flying contest on behalf of Korean’s young king. A coming of age story for the brothers but it also shows what restrictions a boy king has, should this latest prince take to the throne at a tender young age. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]

8. The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Tale by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

A prince needs to be able to tell a true princess from one who is not. When the palace was fresh out of peas, his mother, the queen, uses a peanut instead. It turns out that real princesses can have peanut allergies so it would behoove all princes to know how make a castle nut-free! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

7. King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel

6-year-old Prince Henry is the great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandson of King Arthur and he seeks adventure to test his might and courage. The local fire-breathing dragon, though, only blows smoke rings. The Cyclops challenges him a battle but it’s only a staring contest. The ferocious Griffin prefers chess. Finally, young Prince Henry goes to find the Leviathan in the ocean. It turns out that the Leviathan only wants to play. Prince Henry doesn’t get a battle but he does make four new friends! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A classic poetic tale illustrated in water colors about a pilot stranded in the desert who meets a young prince who fell to Earth from an asteroid. [chapter book, ages 12 and up]

5. The Real Princess: A Mathemagical Tale by Brenda Williams

Practice your math skills while enjoying this quirky take on “The Princess and the Pea.” The King and Queen and their three sons are on the search for a real princess, but it is only the Queen who knows the secret. After the story, there is an opportunity for readers to test their counting skills with fun number games. Book with CD edition includes story read by actress Juliet Stevenson. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

4. The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Peterson

This captivating story for young adults is about the adventures of two tweens, a boy and a girl, who set out to create an elaborate kingdom called Terabithia. They rule the land as the King and Queen, until a tragedy happens. One of the characters is PT, or Prince of Terabithia, the girl’s puppy. [chapter book, ages 9 and up]

3. The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy

The four princes, Prince Liam, Prince Frederic, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav, are back and they must save a powerful object from falling into the hands of evil in this hilarious retold fairy tale sequel to The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.

2. The Prog Frince: A Mixed Up Tale by C. Drew Lamm, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Oh, I love a retold fairy tale! When a stable girl tries to buy muffins, a talking frog jumps out of her pocket, taking her money. He wants to tell her a story but Jane doesn’t much like stories. To get her dime back, she listens to the frog tell the story of the Frog Prince in which a young prince falls in love with a stable girl but  turns into a frog when his father gives him an anti-love potion. Do you think this frog is a prince too? He just might be! [picture book, ages 5 and up]

1. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

A prince must know what it’s like to be a commoner and what better way to explore this than Twain’s classic tale? This chapter book follows the thrilling adventures of Tom Canty, a poor beggar boy, and Edward, Prince of Wales, after they exchange identities. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]

Other Great Recommendations!

Story Snug has a great review on Prince Cinders by Babette Cole.

Picture Book for Your Prince (or Princess) Giveaway

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Leah Lesser, Barefoot BooksThis list was compiled by Mia Wenjen and Leah Lesser. Leah is the Communications Director at Barefoot Books. When she’s not doing publicity and social media for Barefoot, she is raising her two daughters with her husband in a suburb of Boston, reading, running, baking, or doing a variety of other things that usually involve creativity and community. Storytime is one of her most favorite parts of parenting.



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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. We have been reading “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”.

    Have you read the “Hero’s Guide” sequel yet?
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  2. What a fun list! I can’t think of a single good prince book, so way to go thinking up TEN of them! 🙂
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    • Thanks Amy!
      Leah from Barefoot Books did all the heavy lifting on this list for me so it was easy to pull off. Thanks Leah!
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      • Ah, thanks! It was so much fun and I just finished reading Bridge to Terabithia to my oldest so that one was easy, then the two Barefoot ones, a few from our friends at Candlewick, Mia’s brilliant additions…and we were nearly there! Wonder what really is on little Prince George’s bookshelf : ). Hopefully they’ve begun reading to him! Leah

  3. The books A happy Prince , A Prince among frogs & Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince. 🙂 Thank – you for this awesome book giveaway . I have three boys ages 3,8 and 13 . I am encouraging them to continue reading books and learning during there summer break from school.

  4. Erin

    Have you read Frogspell by C. J. Busby? It is about a prince in that one gets kidnapped and a page in training who really wants to be a wizard and his sister who would rather be a knight, their pet dragon and rat who all attempt to use their skills to save the prince and prevent a war between Camelot and the Prince’s father. It takes place at King Arthur of Camelot’s castle and is quite funny and is the first of a four part series. I started to read it to my grade threes and they loved it, laughing out right in several places.

  5. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    Great idea for a list – very timely indeed! I would add Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis to that list. I won’t enter your giveaway because I don’t have kids the right age but I’m happy tweet about it! 🙂
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  6. Patrick

    We love The Loudest Noise in the World by Benjamin Elkin about Prince Hulla Baloo! Another favorite is The Frog King by The Brother’s Grimm. We have done both of those stories in our repertory in the past and particularly love the wonderful revelation for Prince Hulla Baloo at the end when the city goes from being noisy to quiet and the sounds of nature can finally be heard in the calm. If we win we will be donating the book to The LA Children’s Hospital for their little ones to enjoy! Thanks for spreading the love and joy of reading!

  7. My son loves prince books. Our last name is Queen so we always joke that we are a royal family 🙂
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  8. Pat

    I think kids would be much more fun if they weren’t treated as little princes and (especially) little princesses! We need more Famous Five Georges and fewer Prince Georges

    • Hi Pat,
      Ah, good point. Hopefully, young Prince George will grow up to be as caring and involved as his parents and grandmother. I’m impressed with the Royal Family and their dedication to their people and to worthy causes. They can do a lot of good by using their status to bring awareness to issues.

      Who are the Famous Five Georges? I’m not well versed in that.
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  9. The Little Prince has to be one of my all time favorite books for both the classroom and my own children. Unfortunately, I was not introduced to it until college French class.

  10. My nephew loves The Hungry Caterpillar and The Poky Little Puppy!
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  11. Alvina Castro

    I love reading to him “I love you forever”

  12. Have been meaning to read LIttle Prince for sometime now.. thanks for the reminder and the list 🙂
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  13. Shirisha Prodduturi

    My daughter loves Thank you god for dad and I love mommy.

  14. shawna m

    one fish two fish red fish blue fish

  15. Lynette Mattke

    we like to read The Narnia series.
    Such magical books. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  16. We love to read! Currently reading, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory to my 6 year old, & a hodge podge of books to my 2 year old.
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  17. sharon

    We read Goodnight Moon, The Hungry Caterpillar and good Night Teddy.

  18. Jordan

    My princess’s current favorite book is “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean”.

  19. JoBeth Butcher

    We like to read GoodNight Moon

  20. Maria G

    My little prince is more into dinosaurs and sharks but this is such a lovely selection of books (particular favourite The Little Prince Antoine du Saint Exupery) that I’m sure he’ll be enchanted with them as he grows & being as I have a nut allergy and he will need to learn about that The Princess and the Peanut sounds a great place to start!

  21. Thank you for adding my link to your post 🙂
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