Cinderella is a magical tale that has been told around the world and in many different ways. We all cheer for the girl that is mistreated and in the end finds true love, no matter what country she is from or if she is human, animal or something else. This week we have a list of Cinderella book that will make princesses of all ages smile.
More Resources for Little Book Lovers
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Walt Disney’s Cinderella by Cynthia Rylant
This book is similar in many ways to the Disney movie; the characters and story are the same. The illustrations are not from the movie but a dreamy version of pictures from the movie. This is a beautiful retelling of the story.
Cinderella by Barbara Karlin
This is an original story of Cinderella told with colorful illustrations. This does not have a whimsical feel like other books, but this one feels light hearted and fun.
Cinderella by K. V. Craft
Cinderella by K. V. Craft is a regal telling of the classic tale. The illustrations in this book feature royal paintings that look like they are straight out of Queen Elizabeth’s Instagram, if she had had one. 😉
Cinderella at the Ball by Margaret Hall
Cinderella at the Ball is a great book for early readers. The story is told with simple words and sentences that young readers can read on their own.
Cinderella Around the World
Cinderella: Stories Around the World by Carl Meister
Cinderella: Stories Around the World tells the version of Cinderella from France, Native American Micmac Tribe, China, and Egypt. Each story is told in a condensed version with colorful illustrations that reflect the culture in that country.
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal is a collection of Cinderella tales from all around the world written into one story. The story includes aspects from the classic story from Mexico to Zimbabwe. The background is full of details that reflect the country the story is showing.
Smokey Mountain Rose: an Appalachian Cinderella by Alan Schroeder
Smokey Mountain Rose is a toe tapping, knee slapping, good time ya’ll. I love the way this story is told with southern phrases and terms and you can’t help but read this story with an accent, don’t ya know.
The Gift of the Crocodile by Judy Sierra
The Gift of the Crocodile comes from the Spice Islands in Indonesia. The fairy godmother in this story is a crocodile that helps Damura throughout her life. This story also has an extended ending. After Damura marries the prince we discover what happens to the stepmother and stepsister.
The Salmon Princess: An Alaska Cinderella Story by Mindy Dwyer
The Salmon Princess is a wonderful tale of Cinderella set in the Alaska wilderness. Cinderella is a salmon fisher’s daughter who cleans and cans fish but her world changes when she goes to the Salmon Festival and meets the Salmon Prince. The illustrations are vibrant and show the beauty of Alaska.
Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. Souci
Cendrillon is told from the godmother’s point of view, who has known Cendrillon since she was born and uses a special wand to help Cendrillon go to the ball. Overall the story is the same other than a few minor changes. The illustrations look like beautiful chalk drawings and show all the colors and vibrance of the Carribeanan.
The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
The Persian Cinderella is a combination of Cinderell and Aladdin. Settareh finds a magic jug while looking for clothes for the Princess New Year’s party. The story has several twists that you will not find in the original tale. The book would be great for older kids that are familiar with the original story.
Murfaro’s Beautiful Daughters: an African Tale by John Steptol
Murfaro’s Beautiful Daughters is an African version of Cinderella. Two sisters, Manyara, proud and selfish, Nyasha, kind and caring, both travel to meet the king who is looking for a wife. I enjoyed the lesson that we should be kind and helpful to everyone not just important or famous people.
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella by Tomie dePaola
Adelita is a beautiful retelling of Cinderella that includes Spanish words throughout. I love the simple Tomie dePaola illustrations and old story told in a new setting.
The Rough-Faced Girl by Rafe Martin
The Rough-Faced Girl is a Native American version of Cinderella, which I personally love and have used in my classroom. The story is very abstract and great for critical thinking with older kids.
The Irish Cinderlad by Shirley Climo
In the Irish Cinderlad, Becan is a boy with an evil stepmother and stepsister just like Cinderella. He runs away from home with his magical bull, slays a dragon and saves a princess. There are some similarities between the two stories and several differences that will be easy for readers to spot.
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie
Yeh-Shen is the Chinese version of Cinderella. One reviewer wrote that the story contains many of the aspects of the traditional tale “- a poor over-worked girl, a wicked stepmother and stepsister, a magical helper, a king in search of a wife, and a lost shoe. But while Cinderella is simply handed gifts from her fairy godmother, Yeh-Shen earns her wishes through kindness to a magic fish. This one change makes a big difference in the ethical tone of the book. It also makes the reader feel much more sympathetic toward Yeh-Shen, who seems to deserve every bit of good fortune she gets.”
The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Como
In this version Rhodopis is a slave from Greece. Although she is teased by her peers she find joy in a pair of rose red slippers given to her by her master. One day those treasured slippers are snatched away by a falcon. Heartbroken Rhodopsis couldn’t have predicted how that would change her fate.
Cinderella with a Twist
Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson
Cinder Edna is the tale of Cinderella’s neighbor Cinder Edna who also has a mean stepmother and stepsister. The similarities end there for the two girls, Cinder Edna is a self-reliant girl that earns extra money mowing yards, plays the accordion and knows 16 different ways to cook a tuna casserole. At the ball, Cinder Edna catches the attention of the prince’s brother and the two Cinders live happily ever after.
Prince Cinders by Babette Cole
Prince Cinders is a silly and hilarious twist on Cinderella. This story features a boy Cinderella, a fairy plays the part of the fairy godmother and the prince finds his princess in a very unlikely way. This is a silly version of Cinderella that switches everything around, but still follows the original tale.
Bubba the Cowboy Prince: a Fractured Texas Tale by Helen Ketteman
Bubba the Cowboy Prince is a tale that takes a wild west spin on Cinderella. In this story, Cinderella is a cowboy named Bubba who wants to win the heart of Miz Lurleen at the hoedown. This is a fun story that you can’t read without a country accent.
Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying! By Trisha Speed Shaskan
Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying is a twist on the classic tale which says that Cinderella is a sweet and hard working girl. In this tale the stepmother explains that everyone treated Cinderella kind and that she was the unkind and annoying one. This is a great story to use as a comparison to the traditional tale.
Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale by Steven Guarnaccia
This fashionable story of Cinderella is a fun retro telling that includes outfits from designers over the past century. The story is the same but the clothing gives the story a new look. In the front and back cover, illustrations of fashions used in the story are shown with the item name, designer and year it was created which is a fun reference as you read.
Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella by Jan Brett
Cinders tells the classic tale from a chicken coop with beautiful illustrations and fancy chicken costumes. I loved the creative outfits and of course the unique style of Jan Brett’s books.
Cinderelephant by Emma Dodd
Cinderelephant lives with her terrible cousins the Warty Sisters, they are wart hogs. When an invitation arrives from Prince Trunky, of course the Warty Sisters think they will win his heart and Cinderelephant just wants to go. I love the twist that the shoe Cinderelephant left behind is giant and no one has a foot quite the size of Cinderelephant.
Bigfoot Cinderrrrrrella by Tony Johnston
Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella tells the legend of a hairy and smelly prince looking for a mate. The only difference is that this mate must be able to knock him off a log and love nature as much as he does. This version of Cinderella is great for compare and contrast.
Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella by Susan Lowell
Cindy Ellen is a rootin’-tootin’ good time. Cinderella told with horses, spurs, hoedowns and a rodeo, this is a great combination for the classic tale. I love how colorful the illustrations are and I could not help but read the story with a country accent.