The best Cinderella books 📚

Browse the best books on Cinderella as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Ella Enchanted

By Gail Carson Levine

Why this book?

Ella Enchanted is a loose retelling of the classic Cinderella story, but Ella is not your typical fairytale damsel. She’s clumsy, stubborn, and very clever—not to mention cursed with the “gift” of obedience and determined to break it. As a young girl, this book introduced me to core ideas of how I wanted to move through the world. It showed me that adventures are not just for boys and that true power comes from believing in yourself rather than fitting into other people’s expectations.

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Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

By Marissa Meyer

Why this book?

I’ll admit, when my friends kept telling me I had to read this book about a cyborg Cinderella, I was skeptical, as that isn’t my typical reading. But Marissa Meyer weaves such a rich world and such a loveable couple with Kai and Cinder that I couldn’t help but get sucked in. Each book in this series is a different fairytale retelling, but they’re so unique you almost wouldn’t know it. Even my spouse liked this series, and he’s not a very big reader, so that’s saying something. I especially loved the world building in this series—space, a reimagined Earth,…

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Stepsister

By Jennifer Donnelly

Why this book?

This is a unique take on the Grimm brothers' version of Cinderella, told from one of the ugly stepsister's point of view. It's a tale about finding who you are and learning to be true to yourself, and it reveals the beauty of the human heart. The author does a remarkable job by giving us a conflicted main character, with both negative and positive traits. Donnelly also doesn't take the easy road and make Ella (Cinderella) the pretty bad guy everyone loves to hate, with flaws of her own despite her kindness and perfect beauty.

It's a story every…

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Common: Tales of the Mystics, Book One

By Laurie Lucking

Why this book?

When I first started reading this fantasy book club selection, I thought it would be a simple sort-of-like Cinderella tale and didn’t expect to be sucked into Leah’s story. My heart went out to her for all the ways she was unfairly treated and misunderstood, for I have known that pain. She was trying to save the royal family, and the queen exiled her!

The best part about this story is how brave and loyal Leah is, and how she doesn’t complain, even when she has good reason. I remember how difficult it was not to complain when I was…

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This Poison Heart

By Kalynn Bayron

Why this book?

The award-winning author of Cinderella is Dead does it again in this contemporary fantasy with the intoxicating, deadly aura of a haunted mansion wrapped in creeping vines. Friendless, tough-as-nails Brooklynite Briseis has a secret: Her touch controls plants. When she inherits her aunt's estate in the New York countryside, she's immediately entwined with the poisonous garden and sinister mysteries that come with it. Watching the full force of her powers bloom is the best pay-off. Pair this one with a gloomy thunderstorm and a (non-toxic) cup of tea.

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Baker Cat

By Posy Simmonds

Why this book?

Baker Cat is like a feline Cinderella, tasked to do all the hard work at the bakery. His responsibilities are endless. And at the end of the day, he’s still expected to rid the bakery of mice. Simmonds’ characterisation is faultless, with a timeless feel that reminds me of Beatrix Potter’s work.

Baker Cat is a funny and dramatic story told through a mix of speech balloons, comic panels, and traditional narrative sections. I have precious memories of sharing it with my own boys when they were young – we loved those tiny mice and Baker Cat’s delicious-looking pastries! Definitely…

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