Amazing Barbie Books for Kids and Collectors
Barbie books have been entertaining kids and collectors for decades, so it’s always fun to add new ones to your home library.
This blog post provides a list of some amazing books including fiction, interactive extras and a collector’s guide.
In addition to being fun and educational, Barbie books can also be a great way for kids to connect with their favorite Barbie characters.
Whether they’re reading about Barbie’s adventures in Malibu or New York, Barbie books can help kids feel inspired and empowered.
The Barbie doll was created by Ruth Handler, co-founder of the toy manufacturing company Mattel, in 1959.
Handler was inspired by the German Bild Lilli doll, which was a popular adult novelty toy in the 1950s.
Lilli was a fashion doll with a curvy figure and a glamorous lifestyle.
Handler saw the potential for a similar doll that could be marketed to young girls.
Barbie was initially met with resistance from Mattel’s executives, who were worried that a doll with an adult figure would be too controversial.
However, Handler was persistent, and Barbie was eventually released to the public in 1959.
The doll was an instant success, and it quickly became one of the most popular toys in the world.
Over the years, Barbie has been through many changes.
She has had different hairstyles, outfits, and careers.
She has also been the subject of much controversy, with some people arguing that she promotes unrealistic body image expectations for young girls.
However, Barbie remains one of the most popular dolls in the world, and she continues to inspire girls to dream big.
Live Action Barbie Movie
The live-action Barbie movie is directed by Greta Gerwig and written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach.
It stars Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken.
Other cast members include America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Will Ferrell, Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, and Dua Lipa.
The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 21, 2023, so now is the perfect time to pick up some new Barbie books, Barbie dolls and accessories.
by Marilyn Easton
Pub Date 1/11/23
Barbie Roberts is off to New York City for the summer of a lifetime!
She arrived at the Handler Arts Academy to find a surprise waiting for her—another Barbie Roberts!
Barbie from Malibu and Barbie from Brooklyn become fast friends, but when an accident threatens to tear them apart, Brooklyn and Malibu discover the true meaning of friendship and working together.
In this book based on the musical special Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams, Barbie fans of all ages will enjoy reliving every moment of Brooklyn and Malibu’s adventures.
Also included is a cute charm bracelet with three charms!
Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams: New Friends, True Friends
by Devra Newberger Speregen
Pub Date 9/6/22
Since the moment they met, Barbie from Malibu and Barbie from Brooklyn have been the best of friends!
And what is it that makes friends—new and old—so special?
For Malibu and Brooklyn, it’s knowing they support each other and will work tirelessly to make their dream of being on Broadway come true!
Relive some of their best (and worst!) moments together from the movie Big City, Big Dreams and the Series It Takes Two as they reveal some of their tips and tricks for being the best friend you can be.
With fill-in-the-blank stories, craft and game ideas, and more than 80 stickers, this book is full of nonstop fun!
Then, flip to the end of the book to find four press-out sheets for mess-free activities you can do alone or with your friends.
Use one to make your very own Barbie Memory Box by following the included instructions, then punch out the adorable friendship frames and postcards that you can decorate with your stickers and send to faraway friends!
Barbie: It Takes Two: Friends Forever
by Grace Baranowski
Pub Date 9/20/22
Barbie from Malibu and Barbie from Brooklyn have big dreams of becoming stars in New York City, and there’s one person who can make those dreams a reality: Otto Phoenix!
But the friends quickly realize that getting a meeting with Mr. Phoenix is more difficult than they thought.
When his assistant, Pandora, won’t let the girls meet with Otto, they have to get creative and come up with a plan to perform for him.
Young Barbie fans will enjoy following along as Brooklyn and Malibu put on silly disguises, make pretzels, and scale a building in this fun storybook with two BFF necklaces!
Barbie Super Sticker Book: Through the Decades
by Marilyn Easton
Pub Date 5/18/21
For more than 60 years, Barbie has been inspiring children everywhere, and this incredibly fun and interactive sticker book brings her history to life!
Travel with Barbie through the decades and see her many looks and styles, her different careers, and all her special talents, like playing in a band and practicing gymnastics!
Designed for kids ages 6 to 8, this book includes more than 1,000 stickers that can be used to illustrate Barbie’s many looks—including Barbie as a judge, a racecar driver, a head chef, an ice skater, a scientist, and so many more!
These pages provide almost endless imagination and good times.
Plus, the text is full of interesting facts about Barbie, her friends and family, and her incredible history. Everyone who loves Barbie will treasure this book.
by Marilyn Easton
Pub Date 8/9/22
Barbie has had many different careers over the years—from a surgeon to an astronaut—proving that anything is possible for you and Barbie!
Packed with countless interesting Barbie-related facts and including a collectible, double-sided poster, this book is full of non-stop fun and imagination.
Barbie fans of all ages will love discovering—and rediscovering—Barbie dolls from the last 60 years!
Barbie It Takes Two: Dress Up Dream Team
by Maggie Fischer
Pub Date 5/2/23
When Rafa needs models, Brooklyn and Malibu know that they’re perfect for the job!
But when their modeling gig turns out to be a little different than they expected, the girls find themselves in the middle of a prank war!
Young Barbie fans will love following along as Brooklyn and Malibu dress up in silly cat costumes in this story full of pigeon pranks, mascots, and Mango Sticky Rice.
Then, readers can dress Brooklyn and Malibu in glamorous outfits fit for a day in the park, a walk down the red carpet, and more using the 40+ magnets and six play scenes in this fun, interactive magnetic play set!
How many of these Barbie books will you buy?
All of them?!
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