Have you ever thought of what books you’d recommend your favorite Disney characters? Well, as I am both Disney Trash and a ridiculous book pusher, it seems fitting that I have. Check out what I’d recommend to faves like Rapunzel, Belle, Merida, and more!
Belle from Beauty and the Beast
Let’s be real, Belle’s our high fantasy girl. I mean, her favorite book has “far off places, daring sword fights, etc,” so it feels only right to recommend her fantasy. And why not give her some of the most inventive YA fantasy there is–Children of Blood and Bone, The Reader, and Black Wings Beating. Perhaps she will read them out loud to the Beast!
Rapunzel from Tangled
Rapunzel has read the same three books over and over and over again, so we desperately need to get her some new books. To enhance her newfound exposure to the outdoors, I’d give her Starry Eyes–I have a feeling she and Flynn would love it. And maybe after living in a very small world for a while, she’ll want to read a million new things, so a short, standalone fantasy like An Enchantment of Ravens would help her along. Of course, Rapunzel is also perhaps the quirkiest of our princesses, so Trouble is a Friend of Mine has to be in her pile.
Tiana from The Princess and the Frog
Tiana clearly has the best work ethic out of, well, probably all Disney characters. And balancing a magical world with a IRL world can be complicated, so I think she’d love A Blade So Black. And Tiana would never just accept a circumstance as presented to her, she’d fight for a future of her design, so I would also give her Outrun the Moon and Ash Princess.
Merida from Brave
Merida fully believes that she is the best person to get a job done. It only makes sense to give her Dread Nation and Sky in the Deep, stories about powerful girls fighting like hell. And since Merida is living in a patriarchal society, and feels restrained by that, we should probably throw Blood Water Paint in there as well, because it would further fuel her feminist fire.
Mulan from Mulan
What to give Mulan? Well, a girl who is supposed to be prim and proper but finds more comfort in something usually reserved for men can definitely relate to Stalking Jack the Ripper. Noteworthy is in here for the connection between not being able to be yourself in order to do the thing you want to do. And Mulan is a badass warrior, so we toss in Blood and Sand as well.
Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove
Listen, if there is anyone to give the foody YAs to, it’s Kronk. Honestly, he can appreciate and love everything about North of Happy and would go wild about the KoBra food truck in The Way You Make Me Feel. And there is no title that would make Kronk pick up a book faster after that experience with Yzma, it would be Not Your Sidekick.
Milo from Atlantis
Oh my adventuring little cinnamon roll. I honestly think no book fits a character as much as The Girl from Everywhere fits Milo. Time travel, magical places, maps, it has it all. But when choosing the other two, I decided on Unearthed (because I’m certain Milo would be all over anything with Indiana Jones as a comp) and Want (because he’d be very passionate about the issues presented in the book).
Nani from Lilo & Stitch
Nani would do anything for family, even if it means she gets overwhelmed. Picture Us in the Light and White Rabbit both deal with very complicated family issues, and I think Nani would appreciate the fact that Lilo was never accused of murder such as the sister in White Rabbit. Nani also just needs happiness and she has David, best of Disney boyfriends, so let’s also give her My So-Called Bollywood Life.
Marian from Robin Hood
I feel like Marian is probably the most romance-y of those on this list, at least in her Disney incarnation. So let’s give her some great, fun, diverse, relationship-driven YA. Odd One One Out is the three-sided love triangle she never knew she needed, American Panda deals with both a romantic relationship and family relationships, and When the Moon Was Ours is as gorgeous as foxy Robin Hood.
Megara from Hercules
Queen of sarcasm. There’s no possible scenario in which I wouldn’t give Megara Nice Try, Jane Sinner. I feel like she’d also get great enjoyment out of a story featuring the demise of the Greek gods, such as Antigoddess. And my headcanon is that Megara is bi, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she also had an ex-girlfriend who had turned into a dragon, like in Inkmistress.
Moana from Moana
Moana would love the atmosphere of both Pacifica and The Abyss Surrounds Us, after all she is the oceanic sort. But I think she’d also find a lot of connections with Love, Hate, and Other Filters–the weight of parental expectations battling personal dreams.
Nick Wilde from Zootopia
LBR, Nick Wilde is that fox that watches cop shows just so he can solve the crime before the TV detectives do. So let’s give him a challenge. Specifically, three challenges: Allegedly, Sadie, and The Cheerleaders. I doubt even he can predict everything that happens.
Did I miss your fave Disney character? What book would you give them?