Friday, July 31, 2020 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. - No one knows books and gives better recommendations than librarians. That's one of our favorite things to do, and we spend a lot of time researching and reading new books and old ones to keep our recommendations fresh. 

With our branches closed to the public, having those conversations is a lot more difficult. But it's not impossible! And that's why CCPL's librarians have been digging through our digital resources to build list upon list of digital recommendations.

This list comes from Ms. Sally in the Children's Department at the Main Library. Some of  you probably remember her from Dart Library, though! She put together this special Princess book list to go along with her special craft showing us how to make Magic Shoes on July 31. Which fairy princesses had magic shoes? This book list has the answer! 

Now, let's check out that book list! 

Walt Disney’s Cinderella by Cynthia Rylant

"This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about love."

Cinderella's story has been told over and over, but never has it been touched by the kind of magic created by the contributors of this book. Mary Blair painted the original pictures for Walt Disney's incomparable animated film, and here her elegant art is gathered together as a picture book. Cynthia Rylant's stories about hardscrabble lives have won not only awards and honors, but hearts. Who better to take a young girl from the darkness of her garret room to the light and brilliance of a ballroom? Together these two great artists have created something quite astonishing: a Cinderella that is breathtaking, heartrending, and joyous, both for those who are coming to the tale for the very first time, and for those who think they know it well.

Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes by Eva Chen

Juno Valentine's favorite shoes don't light up. They don't have wheels. They are, to be perfectly honest, the tiniest bit boring. But they're still her favorite muddy-puddle-jumping, everyday-is-an-adventure shoes. One day, when they go missing, Juno discovers something amazing: a magical room filled with every kind of shoe she could possibly imagine! Juno embarks on an epic journey through time and space, stepping into the shoes of female icons from Frida Kahlo and Cleopatra to Lady Gaga and Serena Williams. Each pair of shoes Juno tries brings a brand new adventure--and a step towards understanding that her very own shoes might be the best shoes of all. Parents and children alike will adore Instagram superstar Eva Chen's precocious debut picture book--a story that's equal parts fashion fairy-tale and guide to girl power--and fall in love with the brilliantly spirited Juno Valentine.

The Truly Brave Princesses by Dolores Brown & Sonja Wimmer

The book feels modern in its references and social cornerstones while retaining a classic, elegant style thanks to Wimmer's gorgeous portraits of the princesses in their crowns, each facing a page of that princess in action. Brown and Wimmer use diversity not only to highlight important differences among people, but also to show how these unique traits and interests allow every princess to choose her own path. If every girl is a little princess, this book shows that to keep that crown requires only finding things to love in life and pursuing them.

There's a princess closer than you think. You just have to open your eyes and your heart wide.

Don't expect your typical fairytale princesses inside this book. These princesses are neighbors, schoolmates, the cashier at your supermarket, a lawyer, an architect... The Truly Brave Princesses will help you realize that, if you watch closely, princesses are all around you, and they are brave, caring and determined

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Readers the world-over have fallen in love with this classic story of girl power.

When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth's castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is it worth all that trouble?

Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story by Tomie dePaola

Poor Adelita! Night and day she slaves in the kitchen, and still her stepmother forbids her to attend Javier's party. But with the help of the old servant Esperanza, she disguises herself in a beautiful rebozo, or shawl, and wins Javier's heart. The next day Javier spies the rebozo in Adelita's window, and soon they live muy felices por siempre-happily ever after! Based on Cinderella, Adelita is a wonderfully original story with a spicy Mexican flavor. Incorporating simple Spanish words against a stunning backdrop of Mexican colors and designs, Tomie dePaola has created an instant classic that will delight his many fans.

Not One Damsel in Distress: Heroic Girls from World Folklore by Jane Yolen

From celebrated author Jane Yolen comes this inspiring collection of folktales from around the world, all featuring strong female heroes.

These fifteen folktales have one thing in common: brainy, bold, brave women--and not one damsel in distress! There is Bradamante, the fierce medieval knight; Li Chi, the Chinese girl who slays a dreaded serpent and saves her town; Makhta, a female warrior who leads her Sioux tribe into batt≤ and many more women who use their cunning, wisdom, and strength to succeed.

Drawing from diverse cultures around the world, renowned author Jane Yolen celebrates the female heroes of legend and lore in a collection that will empower every reader. This new edition features two brand-new stories from Azerbaijan and Indonesia, and enhanced illustrations.

Georgia’s Terrific Colorific Experiment by Zoe Persico

Science and art come together in this colorful and empowering picture book about a strong minded girl scientist and her artist family.

Is it possible for science and art to really mix? Georgia wants to be a scientist, and a great one at that. But in order become a great scientist, she must first create her own, unique experiment. Her mother, father, grandma, and brother all want to help, but they're artists. How could they possibly help her with science? Everyone knows art and science just don't go together!

As Georgia struggles to create her unique experiment, she eventually learns that sometimes science, too, can be a work of art.

Cinderella Liberator by Rebecca Solnit 

In her debut children's book, Rebecca Solnit reimagines a classic fairytale with a fresh, feminist Cinderella and new plot twists that will inspire young readers to change the world, featuring gorgeous silhouettes from Arthur Rackham on each page.

In this modern twist on the classic story, Cinderella, who would rather just be Ella, meets her fairy godmother, goes to a ball, and makes friends with a prince. But that is where the familiar story ends. Instead of waiting to be rescued, Cinderella learns that she can save herself and those around her by being true to herself and standing up for what she believes.

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

Once upon a planetoid,
amid her tools and sprockets,
a girl named Cinderella dreamed
of fixing fancy rockets.
With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball. But when the prince's ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine, and its stellar happy ending.

The Fairy-Tale Princess: Seven Classic Stories from the Enchanted Forest by Su Blackwell & Wendy Jones

This is a beautiful collection of seven fairy tales--Sleeping Beauty,The Frog Prince,Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, The Princess and the Pea, and The Twelve DancingPrincesses--organized around the theme of the fairytale princess and retold in afresh and lyrical voice by Wendy Jones. They are illustrated with glorious papercutsculptures specially created by Su Blackwell.The characters--and the kingdoms they inhabit--emerge from the pagesthrough a series of exquisite paper sculptures. Each tale has a unique visualflavor: while Sleeping Beauty is blue and dreamy, The Princess and the Pea isgreen and summery.The magic and otherworldliness of traditional fairytale collections meetglorious, contemporary paper constructions in The Fairtytale Princess, whichmakes a charming addition to the shelf of bedtime stories.

The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier

Go beyond Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella! Some princesses are well-known to all children--but others, equally magical (and sometimes, a lot funnier) have remained anonymous, mysterious, and far from the fairy-tale crowd.

Now these captivating ladies are finally stepping out of the shadows where they've remained hidden for far too long. With wit, sublime humor, and beautiful art, The Secret Lives of Princesses introduces a bevy of royal daughters to the court of young readers. While it alludes to some of their more famous sisters, this large and lusciously illustrated compendium presents such unique and unforgettable characters as the petite Princess Claire Voyant, who can see very far into tomorrow (but muddles her predictions); Princess Oblivia, who forgets everything and misses all her appointments; Princess Tangra-La, who does the tango, the fandango, and any dance that comes her way; and Princess Babbling Brooke, who chatters on and on about everything and nothing. Plus, you'll learn about such princessy matters as the language of fans; coats of arms; and how not to offend dangerous fairies who cast evil spells.

Poetic, often humorous, and always enchanting, this is the perfect collection for princess-loving girls who long for more than just the traditional fairy tale.