There’s a cool site out there called Building A Library by Tom. Not THE Tom, like Myspace Tom, but a Tom. Not a drum, but… okay f*ck it, he’s a drum. He calls his aforementioned blog Building A Library because for every week of his wife’s pregnancy, he went out and bought at least one book for his eventual kid. Almost five years later, he’s still developing their collection. He comes from the world of publishing (like me!) and is now a freelance writer and contributing editor for a bunch of media outlets.

He has a good sensibility to his writing and recently wrote the article, Six Princess Books for Parents Who Really, Really Hate Princess Books. As a father of a little girl – who might not fall complete 100% victim to the moth light that is the Disney princess marketing money pit; there’s still hope that she’ll remain a goofball – I could really appreciate his expertise in the field of “girl literature”.

Others left comments in Tom’s article, offering some really great anti-princess suggestions:

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?
Every inquisitive little girl wonders what it is really like to be a genuine princess. At the heart of Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? lives an energetic, spirited, and contemporary child who has lots of important questions for her mom. Do princesses ride tricycles, climb trees, do chores, or have to eat the crusts of their bread?

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
The talented Brigette Barrager lavishly illustrates this beautiful retelling of the Grimm Brothers’ “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” In this fairy tale, twelve princesses wake up every morning to find their shoes are worn out and they are totally exhausted! A handsome suitor discovers that the princesses are enchanted, and that each night, in their sleep, they travel to a magical world to dance at a ball. Will this handsome suitor be able to break the spell and rescue the princesses?

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
Princesses come in all kinds. Exuberant text from Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Yolen Stemple paired with charming illustrations prove that girls can jump in mud puddles and climb trees, play sports and make messes—all while wearing their tiaras! Not every girl has a passion for pink, but all young ladies will love this empowering affirmation of their importance and unlimited potential.


Check out Tom The Drum’s six recommendations for parents who hate princess books in the sauce below.