In the tradition of Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle, Jane Yolen’s Not All Princesses Dress In Pink is a wonderful picture book that tells girls that a princess does not have to fit a certain mold. Written in rhyme, Yolen tells us “Some [princesses] play in bright red socks that stink,/blue team jerseys that don’t quite fit,/ accessorized with a baseball mitt,/and a sparkly crown.”
Princesses are shown riding bikes, doing carpentry, and getting muddy while dancing with dogs in the rain—all while wearing their crowns. The message is a good one for young girls and the illustrations are appealing. If you have an unconventional or even a conventional little princess you should read this book with her.