Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

Illustrated by: Anne-Sophie Lanquetin
For Ages: 4 - 8
Not all princesses dress in pink.
Some 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 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.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 32 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416980186 | 
  • June 2010 | 
  • Grades P - 3 | 
  • Lexile ® AD610L
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Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide Guide to

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
By Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple
Illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

Discussion Questions

1. Reading the title Not All Princesses Dress in Pink reveals information to the reader, even before the book is read! How do you know from the title that this book is not a traditional story about princesses? What visual clues on the cover of the book confirm this fact?

2. Talk about other princess-themed books you’ve read at home and in the classroom. How is this book similar, yet very different?

3. What does it mean to be a "princess"? Can a girl be a princess sometimes, but not all the time? Is it OK to be a girl and not want to be a princess? Why or why not?

4. Why does each princess keep a sparkly crown on her head throughout the story, even when she is doing something decidedly un-princess like?

5. Talk about "traditional girl" and "traditional boy" roles and views in our society. How does this book go against those traditional thoughts?

6. Not All Princesses Dress in Pink proves that girls can freely pursue many different interests – in fact, they can do anything they set their mind to doing. If you are a girl, how is this true in your life?

7. This book sends a strong message that everyone should be true to themselves. What does this mean? And see more

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About the Authors

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is an award-winning author who has written more than 200 books for children, including the bestseller How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and the 1988 Caldecott Medal winner Owl Moon. She is known for her beautiful poetry and has even been called “the Hans Christian Anderson of America” (Newsweek). She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit her at


Heidi E. Y. Stemple

Heidi Elizabet Yolen Stemple is Jane Yolen's daughter and sometime writing partner. Together they wrote the Unsolved Mysteries from History series. Heidi lives in Hatfield, MA.