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Dolls: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about dolls?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to dolls. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about dolls.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about dolls can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Penny and Her Doll
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes’s award-winning Penny returns in the second easy-to-read story about a sweet and curious mouse, perfect for fans Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Chrysanthemum.

When Penny receives a surprise box in the mail from Gram, she is thrilled. The surprise is a doll, and she is absolutely perfect, from her head to her toes. Penny loves her immediately. She introduces her new doll to Mama and to the babies and to Papa. But then Papa asks what the doll’s name is, and Penny realizes that she doesn’t know. What should Penny call her?

Kevin Henkes is a master at creating beautifully illustrated books that resonate with young children. The Penny books are new classics for beginning readers and will appeal to fans of Frog and Toad, Little Bear, and Henry and Mudge.

Don’t miss Penny’s newest adventures in Penny and Her Sled, coming this fall!

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What Is Given from the Heart
Written by Patricia C. McKissack & illustrated by April Harrison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This final, magnificent picture book from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack is a poignant and uplifting celebration of the joy of giving.

“Misery loves company,” Mama says to James Otis. It’s been a rough couple of months for them, but Mama says as long as they have their health and strength, they’re blessed. One Sunday before Valentine’s Day, Reverend Dennis makes an announcement during the service— the Temples have lost everything in a fire, and the church is collecting anything that might be useful to them. James thinks hard about what he can add to the Temple’s “love box,” but what does he have worth giving? With her extraordinary gift for storytelling, McKissack—with stunning illustrations by Harrison—delivers a touching, powerful tale of compassion and reminds us all that what is given from the heart, reaches the heart.

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Masha and Her Sisters
Written by & illustrated by Suzy Ultman
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Meet Masha and her sisters in this charming die-cut novelty board book inspired by Russian nesting dolls. Featuring shaped pages with brightly painted edges, and culminating in a satisfying finale, these nestled dolls reinforce a sweet message: they may be different, but they’re a perfect fit!

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The Doll People
Written by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin & illustrated by Brian Selznick
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

Annabelle Doll is eight years old-she has been for more than a hundred years. Not a lot has happened to her, cooped up in the dollhouse, with the same doll family, day after day, year after year. . . until one day the Funcrafts move in.

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The Littlest Matryoshka
Written by & illustrated by Kathryn Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nina, the smallest of a group of Russian nesting dolls, is separated from her sisters and swept along on a dangerous journey that eventually brings her back home.

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  • Flamingo Keeper - Book four in this charming chapter book series, starring a spunky Japanese- American heroine. Jasmine’s best friend, Linnie, has just gotten a puppy. And now Jasmine wants a pet of her own—a flamingo! So when her grandmother sends Jasmine a daruma doll as a surprise gift, Jasmine colors in one doll eye and wishes for a flamingo to keep. Next, Jasmine tries to convince her parents that she’s responsible enough for a pet. She cleans her room, brushes her teeth, takes out the trash, and, most importantly, researches everything she can about flamingos. But soon it becomes clear that her wish may never come true! Will Jasmine’s daruma doll ever get its second eye? Luckily her big sister, Sophie, has a surprise planned that fulfills Jasmine’s wish beyond her wildest dreams. Debbi Michiko Florence is at her best in this sweet, special story of sisterhood and new responsibilities!

  • Time Thief - A mystery for the history books! River Heights Elementary School has been waiting a generation for this day to come. All the kids in Mrs. Ramirez’s class, including Nancy Drew and her friends Bess and George, have gathered to watch Principal Newman dig up the time capsule that was buried over 30 years ago. But, when it’s unearthed, a very important vintage doll is missing from the capsule. How is that possible? It’s been buried this whole time. Did a classmate steal it before the dig? Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew are on the case!

  • The Best-Loved Doll - For a doll contest at a party, a little girl chooses to enter a doll that seems least likely to win a prize.

  • A is for Annabelle: A Doll's Alphabet - Learn the alphabet from A to Z with the help of Annabelle the doll. Each gorgeously illustrated spread features one of her favorite things. With antique boxes, parasols, and yarn for knitting, children can learn the alphabet in grand style. Amazon.com Review Young children will welcome the return of a classic from the mother of children’s illustrators, Tasha Tudor. A Is for Annabelle is a quaint, old-fashioned alphabet book graced with Tudor’s intricately detailed, highly appealing illustrations. Annabelle is a china doll that belonged to Grandmother. Two little girls play their way through the alphabet, dressing up this lovely doll (“H is her Hat with an elegant feather”) all the way through X (“the letter for which I’ve no rhyme”), Y (“the Yarn her stockings to mend”), and Z (“her Zither and this is the end”). Alternating black-and-white illustrations with full-color spreads, Tudor surrounds each page with a graceful floral border and includes such charming details as a sewing basket with a pincushion, a cricket peering at a pink patchwork quilt, and the tiny boxes containing Annabelle’s hats, slippers, and earrings. Little girls will find Annabelle and her alphabetical wardrobe irresistible. Tasha Tudor is the Caldecott Honor artist of 1 Is One and more than 90 other well-loved picture books. (Ages 3 to 7) –Emilie Coulter

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Story of Holly and Ivy
Written by Rumer Godden & illustrated by Barbara Cooney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she’s sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true? This festive tale is perfectly complemented by beloved Barbara Cooney’s luminous illustrations, filled with the warm glow of the Christmas spirit.

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Babushka's Doll
Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Natasha isn’t really a bad girl. It’s just that she wants to play on the swing “now,” not after the laundry is done. She wants a ride on the goat cart “now,” not after the wash has been hung up to dry. And she wants her soup “now,” not after the goats have been fed. Looking after Natasha keeps Babushka, Natasha’s grandmother, very busy.

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Mennyms Alive
Written by Sylvia Waugh
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The saga of the Mennyms, an extraordinary family of life-sized rag dolls, comes to its riveting conclusion in this fifth volume of the popular series. The Mennyms had been instilled by their maker with an indomitable life force that had sustained them through perils of many kinds, including the greatest threat of all: discovery by the outside world. But suddenly that life force left them, all except Soobie, the blue Mennym. Now Soobie’s desperate prayer for his family to live again is answered. But to what have the Mennyms returned? Sylvia Waugh provides the answer in the final book of this literary classic. Long live the Mennyms!

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The Runaway Dolls
Written by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin & illustrated by Brian Selznick
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Best friends Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft have stumbled upon an unexpected visitor, a new doll named Tilly May. She’s arrived in a mysterious package…but she looks so familiar. Could she be Annabelle’s long-lost baby sister? It’ll take a runaway adventure to find out for sure. Are the dolls ready for life on the road?

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Elizabeti's Doll
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When her new baby brother arrives, Elizabeti decides she needs a doll that she can care for the way her mother cares for the new baby. After looking around the village, Elizabeti finds the perfect doll to love. She names her Eva. When Mama changes the new babyÂs diaper, Elizabeti changes EvaÂs. When Mama sings to the baby, Elizabeti sings to Eva. And one day when Eva turns up lost, Elizabeti realizes just how much she loves her special doll. For children adjusting to a new sibling, this story is perfect. “This book is a splendid celebration of life and the power of a childÂs imagination.” Â School Library Journal Starred Review “A little slice of perfection.” Â Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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  • The Collected - From horror superstar K.R. Alexander . . . Something horrible happened to Josie – something so horrible she won’t talk about it. But when the horror returns for her little sister, Anna, she’s back in the battle against a fearsome force that manifests in diabolically deadly dolls.It’s been five years since Josie squared off against the evil Beryl and her killer haunted dolls. She hasn’t talked about it since, and likes to pretend it didn’t happen. Too bad she didn’t tell her younger sister, Anna. Because Anna is now the one being drawn in to the evil – and the evil has some new tricks this time.

  • Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe - NOW A HIT TV SERIES ON DISNEY JUNIORFrom the dazzling bestselling duo Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, comes a story featuring Fancy Nancy for girls who adore their favorite dolls–and their favorite sisters!Fancy Nancy’s sister, JoJo, can really be a pest sometimes . . . like when she put Easter-egg dye in the kiddie pool and dunked Frenchy in it! But this time she’s done something really bad, and Nancy is livid–that’s fancy for tres angry and upset. JoJo drew a tattoo on Nancy’s precious doll, Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier! Even worse, it’s in permanent marker. That means it will never come out! When Mom suggests a fancy doll party to make Nancy feel better, Nancy is excited to accept. But what if the doll drama isn’t over?Fans of Fancy Nancy will delight in this sibling story full of do-it-yourself fun!Ooh la la! Fancy Nancy is starring in her own fabulous TV show on Disney Junior. READ THE BOOKS THAT STARTED IT ALL!Fancy NancyFancy Nancy and the Posh PuppyFancy Nancy: Bonjour, ButterflyFancy Nancy: Splendiferous ChristmasFancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion BoutiqueFancy Nancy and the Mermaid BalletFancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the UniverseFancy Nancy and the Wedding of the CenturyFancy Nancy 10th Anniversary EditionFancy Nancy: Saturday Night SleepoverFancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens

  • Mennyms Alone - The Mennyms, a life-size family of rag dolls, have captured the imagination of readers all over the world, winning legions of fans, awards, and acclaim for their creator. In this fourth volume of their saga, Mennyms must face their most awesome challenge yet, for the family patriarch, Sir Magnus, predicts that their world is about to end. But does it?

  • William's Doll - William wants a doll - to hug, to feed, to tuck in, and kiss goodnight. “Don’t be a creep, “ says his brother. “Sissy, sissy, “ chants the boy next door. His father buys him trains and a basketball - but not the doll that William really wants. Then one day, someone comes along who understands why William should have his doll.

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Mennyms in the Wilderness
Written by Sylvia Waugh
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

The Mennyms’s home is being threatened by the building of a new highway, and the family must find a new place to live. As they try to adjust to new and frightening circumstances, they worry–will they be able to keep their secret from the outside world?

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Mennyms Under Siege
Written by Sylvia Waugh
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

The continuing adventures of the Mennyms, a family of life-size rag dolls pretending to be human, as they try to cope with a series of ardent admirers whose attentions threaten to pierce the family’s veil of secrecy.

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The Mennyms
Written by Sylvia Waugh
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Number 5 Brocklehurst Grove is the home to a most unusual family, the Mennyms–father, mother, grandparents, and five children–who refuse to mix with outsiders lest the secrets of their existence be revealed.

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Sleepover Sleuths
Written by Carolyn Keene & illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Eight-year-old Nancy Drew has her first case to crack! Can you help? Nancy and her two best friends, George and Bess, are so excited! They have been invited to Deirdre’s sleepover party! There will be pizza, cake, and even a pajama fashion show. But the most exciting thing is that the party has a City Girls doll theme. All of the guests are bringing their dolls with them! But then Deirdre’s City Girls doll – Hollywood Heather – goes missing. Is her sleepover ruined? Or is there a detective in the room who can make sense of this mystery?

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Rachel Field's Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
Written by Rosemary Wells & illustrated by Susan Jeffers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Based on the 1930 Newberry Award Winner On a cold Maine night in 1829, an old peddler carved a small doll out of a piece of mountain ash wood. Her name was Hitty and she was no ordinary doll. Hitty’s first owner, Phoebe Preble, takes her from Boston to India. From the hands of Phoebe Preble, Hitty travels on with a snake charmer, a Civil War soldier, a riverboat captains daughter, and a former slave. Along the way she meets presidents and painters, relating each adventure in vivid detail. Rachel Field’s masterful novel Hitty: Her First Hundred Years was first published in 1929; it was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1930. In this full-color adaptation, the award-winning team of Rosemary Wells and Susan Jeffers has taken Hitty down from the shelf and dusted her off for a new generation of younger readers. The short, fast-paced chapters and pictures on every spread bring life to this beloved classic, and make it perfect for sharing with the whole family.

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  • Penny and Penelope - Two girls on a play date learn there’s more to each other than meets the eye with a little help from their dolls in this exciting picture book adventure. Penny and Penelope are very different dolls. Penelope is a sweet princess, while Penny is a fierce secret agent. Penelope wants to ride her pony through the countryside, while Penny wants to wrestle alligators. How can they possibly get along playing in an imaginary kingdom? Luckily, Penny and Penelope are more than their packaging. After all, you can’t judge a doll by its outfit.

  • Summertime Song - One warm summer night, a frog jumped into Lucy’s room with an invitation for her to a birthday party and a magic paper party hat. Lucy put it on, and out in the garden, when a moonbeam touched the hat, Lucy was as little as a leaf. So begins Lucy’s wonderful adventure.

  • The Doll Shop Downstairs - Nine-year-old Anna and her sisters love to play with the dolls in their parents’ doll repair shop. But when World War I begins, an embargo on German-made goods-including the parts Papa needs to repair the dolls-threatens to put the family’s shop out of business. Fortunately, Anna has an idea that just might save the day. Inspired by the true story of Madame Alexander, this is a timeless tale of family and imagination. This beautiful gift edition of The Doll Shop Downstairs, featuring an eye-catching foil embossed cover, will make a perfect holiday present for dreamers and doll lovers everywhere.

  • The Meanest Doll in the World - Annabelle and Tiffany, dolls who are best friends living in the Palmer house, have an adventure when they hide in Kate Palmer’s backpack, are carried to school, mistakenly go to another house, and try to stop Princess Mimi, a doll who threatens all dollkind.

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The Doll People Set Sail
Written by Laura Godwin and Ann M. Martin & illustrated by Brett Helquist
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Annabelle Doll, Tiffany Funcraft, and their families are whisked out to sea when the Palmers accidentally place them in a box destined for charity donation. And it turns out they’re not alone-there are plenty of other doll people on the ship, too. After traveling thousands of miles, will they be able to find their way home? In the fourth installment in the beloved Doll People series, Brett Helquist joins Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin on another exhilarating adventure from a doll’s-eye view.

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Dolls of Hope
Written by Shirley Parenteau
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

How daring is Chiyo prepared to be to keep the American Friendship Doll safe? Inspired by a little-known historical event, this engaging companion to Ship of Dolls is told from a Japanese girl’s point of view. When eleven-year-old Chiyo Tamura is sent from her home in a small Japanese mountain village to a girls’ school in the city of Tsuchiura, she never imagines that she will soon be in Tokyo helping to welcome more than twelve thousand Friendship Dolls from America–including Emily Grace, a gift to her own school. Nor could she dream that she’d have an important role in the crafting of Miss Tokyo, one of fifty-eight Japanese dolls to be sent to America in return. But when an excited Chiyo is asked to be Emily Grace’s official protector, one jealous classmate will stop at nothing to see her fail. How can Chiyo reveal the truth–and restore her own good name? In another heartwarming historical novel, the author of Ship of Dolls revisits the 1926 Friendship Doll exchange, in which teacher-missionary Sidney Gulick organized American children to send thousands of dolls to Japan in hopes of avoiding a future war.

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The Clue in the Old Album
Written by Carolyn Keene
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Nancy Drew witnesses a purse snatching and runs after the thief. She rescues the purse, but not its contents, then is asked by the owner, a doll collector, to do some detective work. Readers will enjoy Nancy’s clever ways of finding all she seeks, and bringing happiness to a misunderstood child and her lonely grandmother.

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Fancy Nancy: Spring Fashion Fling
Written by Jane O'Connor & illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What better way to celebrate spring than with a fashion show hosted by Fancy Nancy and her friend Bree! Nancy and Bree create magnificent costumes for their dolls Marabelle and Chiffon to wear at the Spring Fling Fashion Show. Join them as they celebrate springtime in this special 8x8 storybook adventure from New York Times bestselling team Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, complete with a fabulous set of stickers!

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Hitty: Her First Hundred Years
Written by Rachel Field & illustrated by Dorothy P Lathrop
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides being full of the most thrilling adventures on land and sea, also reveal her delightful personality. One glance at her portrait will show that she is no ordinary doll. Hitty, or Mehitable as she was really named, was made in the early 1800s for Phoebe Preble, a little girl from Maine. Young Phoebe was very proud of her beautiful doll and took her everywhere, even on a long sailing trip in a whaler. This is the story of Hitty’s years with Phoebe, and the many that follow in the life of a well-loved doll.

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  • Button and Bundle - A tender story about two best friends who must move away from each other. With a sprinkle of imagination and a lot of love, Button and Bundle will learn the true meaning of friendship. Button and Bundle are best friends. So are their dolls. But when Button has to move away, she’s sad and lonely without Bundle. Until one day, Button finds a single yellow balloon and an idea. With a little luck, maybe she can reunite Bundle with their dolls again! Knowing that her faraway friend would be happy is the happiest idea of all. This sweet and charming friendship story addresses how to cherish old friendships while making new ones. With fun, imaginative play, Button and Bundle create a world they’ll share no matter how far apart they are.

  • Changes, Changes - A charming, wordless picture book that the very youngest can “read” all by themselves. The little wooden couple are happy in their building-block house—until it catches fire. The solution? They transform the house into a fire engine! But then there’s so much water that they have to build a boat… Follow these inventive dolls as they use their imagination to adapt to each situation they encounter.

  • Doll Bones - Discover the Newbery Honor winner “Doll Bones,” from Holly Black, the cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. A “Kirkus Reviews “Best Book. A “School Library Journal “Best Book. A “Booklist “Editor’s Choice Books for Youth. A “Publishers Weekly” Best Children’s Book. A NYPL “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.” A “People Magazine” “Best New Kids Book.” Six starred reviews! Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen–and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave. Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches? “Doll Bones” is a winner of the Newbery Honor, is the recipient of six starred reviews, was on five Best Book lists, and was called “perfect” by “The New York Times.”

  • Miss Hickory - A Newbery Award winner! Most dolls lead a comfortable but unadventurous life. This was true of Miss Hickory until the fateful day that her owner, Ann, moves from her New Hampshire home to attend school in Boston—leaving Miss Hickory behind. For a small doll whose body is an apple-wood twig and whose head is a hickory nut, the prospect of spending a New Hampshire winter alone is frightening indeed. In this classic modern day fairy tale, what’s a doll to do?

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Emily's Idea
Written by Christine Evans & illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

How a simple creative act spreads a message of love and acceptance around the world?

Emily’s idea started small. Many beautiful ideas do. She folded, doodled, and snipped. But also, like many ideas, Emily’s small idea grew.

When a little girl decides to create a paper chain of dolls, her idea catches on. Then it spreads far and wide as children around the world begin to create and share their own. This is the story of how that girl makes it happen.

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The Doll People's Christmas
Written by Laura Godwin and Ann M. Martin & illustrated by Brett Helquist and Ann M. Martin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Christmas is Annabelle Doll’s favorite time of year. She loves celebrating with her family, and she especially loves all the beautiful decorations Kate and Grandma Katherine put up in the dollhouse. She can’t wait to have Tiffany and the rest of the Funcrafts over for their very first Christmas. But when the angel topper for the Dolls’ tree breaks, Annabelle is convinced the holiday is ruined. And things only get worse when Kate and Nora decide to use the dolls to create a nativity scene downstairs, meaning Annabelle won’t be able to keep her special traditions at all! But as Christmas spirit fills the Palmers’ home, Annabelle realizes that all she needs for a truly perfect holiday is to share it with her friends and family. Praise for the Doll People series: The Doll People

“[A] marvelous treat.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review The Meanest Doll in the World “Wrapped in humor and adventure are serious considerations of self-esteem, the power of intimidation, and the nature of friendship.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review The Runaway Dolls “Fast-paced, satisfyingly developed, the book is doubly enjoyable for its foundation in a solidly imagined doll culture.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review The Doll People Set Sail* “A rousing adventure that treats fans to thrilling action (on a miniature scale) and personable new dolls to discover.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review

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The Doll Hospital
Written by Kallie George & illustrated by Sara Gillingham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s a quiet morning at the Doll Hospital until… DING-A-LING-A-LING! The emergency bells ring! Here comes a patient who needs Dr. Pegs’s help. Dr. Pegs is about to get to work when… DING-A-LING-A-LING! Here comes another patient! And another! How will Dr. Pegs take care of them all? Looks like the doctor needs some help herself!

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Curse of the Dead-Eyed Doll
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Alejandro Padilla isn’t superstitious and he doesn’t believe the stories that an old sailor doll in a Key West, Florida, museum is haunted. Robert the Doll might look creepy, but that doesn’t mean the doll is cursed. So Al ignores the tour guide’s warning to ask Robert’s permission before taking the doll’s photograph. But it isn’t long after Al’s field trip to the museum that strange things start happening. Al is quick to dismiss the odd occurrences as coincidence and bad luck . . . that is until they become more frequent and more sinister. Is the doll tormenting Al? And if so, what will Al have to do to get him to stop? Every state has its own spine-tingling stories of ghosts and mysterious hauntings grounded in its regional history. The Haunted States of America series uses real-life ghost lore as jumping-off points to new, chilling tales. An author’s note provides historical origins and fascinating facts, but beware: sometimes real life is stranger than fiction.

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Clive and His Babies
Written & illustrated by Jessica Spanyol
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Meet Clive - and his imagination! Clive loves his dolls. He enjoys playing with them, and sharing them with his friends. A gentle, affectionate book, celebrating diversity and challenging gender stereotypes.

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  • Don't Let the Doll in (Frightville #1), Volume 1 - Welcome to Frightville… one-stop shopping for all your fears!The perfect dollhouse needs the perfect doll. When Mara hears about a new store called Frightville, she can’t wait to check it out. On its shelves are strange and unusual gifts of all kinds. It’s there that she comes face-to-face with Charlotte, a small figurine of a friendly-looking girl. Mara instantly feels that Charlotte is meant to live with her. But once Charlotte is in the dollhouse, strange things start to happen. There are odd noises in the night, and objects from Mara’s room start to go missing. Is Mara imagining things, or is this doll actually haunted?

  • My Bossy Dolly - Sally is the perfectly sweet little girl every parent would love, and Betsy is her favorite doll. Sally and Betsy go everywhere and do everything together. But Betsy is prone to yelling, screaming, and complaining! When Sally goes to bed, Betsy wants to stay up and drink milk. When Sally goes on the swing, Betsy wants to go higher. When Sally and her parents go to dinner, Betsy wants candy and ice cream. When Sally has to go home, Betsy refuses. Betsy is so bossy! It’s a good thing Sally is not that way!

  • Dolls of War - When America and Japan go to war, will Macy’s feelings for her beloved Japanese Friendship Doll change? Here is a moving addition to the Friendship Dolls series. In 1941, eleven-year-old Macy James lives near the Oregon coast with her father, the director of a small museum. Miss Tokyo, one of fifty-eight exquisite friendship dolls given to America by Japan in 1926, is part of the museum’s collection – and one of Macy’s most treasured connections to her mother, who recently passed away. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, many of Macy’s neighbors demand that Miss Tokyo be destroyed. When her brother joins the Navy and devastating news from the war begins to pour in, Macy starts having doubts – does remaining loyal to Miss Tokyo mean being disloyal to America? Bringing the story of the Friendship Dolls forward to World War II, Shirley Parenteau delivers another thoughtful historical novel inspired by a little-known true event.

  • Baby Boo, I Love You - Little ones love playing with their dolls! Celebrate that love with Baby-Boo, I Love You, and follow one imaginative little girl who adores playing mommy. And as she bathes, feeds, and frolics with her doll, she emulates a nurturing parent-child relationship, showing the universal joys of being cared for and cherished. Sheryl Haft’s delightful text and Jane Massey’s endearing illustrations make this a wonderful read-aloud for every child with a favorite doll or stuffed toy, and a reminder of their own parents’ never-ending love.

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Purr-Fect Pets (Lol Surprise!)
Written & illustrated by Random House
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Meet all your favorite L.O.L. Surprise!TM fierce friends–and their purr-fect pets in this all-new Step 3 Step into Reading reader–with more than 30 sweet and sassy stickers! Meet KittyQueen and Kittykitty, QueenBee and PupBee, and all of your favorite L.O.L. Surprise!TM fierce friends! This Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader has over 30 outrageous L.O.L. Surprise!TM stickers–perfect for boys and girls ages 5 to 8. Step 3 readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics. For children who are ready to read on their own. In a world where babies run everything, little Rockers rebel against nap time and Teacher’s Pets become class presidents with Free Pizza Fridays! In the L.O.L. Surprise! TM world, all work is play and nothing is dull cuz it’s all a lil’ surprising and outrageous!

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Ella Bella Ballerina and the Magic Toyshop
Written by James Mayhew
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

This title in B.E.S. charming Ella Bella series tells another story of Ella Bella, a little girl who loves to dance. In this story, Ella’s ballet teacher, Miss Rosa, tells them the story of La Boutique Fantasque. The story takes place in a toyshop full of dancing dolls, she explains, as she shows them her own collection of dancing dolls and her magical music box. When Ella stays late to help clean up, she finds herself magically transported to a toyshop filled with magical dancing dolls! Ella is thrilled to meet all of the dancing dolls, but she is especially taken with two can-can dancing dolls that are in love. When two different families come to the shop and decide to each buy one of the dolls, the pair are distraught. Now Ella wonders… is there some way to keep them together forever? This charming tale is beautifully illuminated by James Mayhew’s delightful illustrations. A page at the end of the book explains the story behind La Boutique Fantasque for young readers.

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Sophie and Rose
Written by Kathryn Lasky & illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Morning and evening, rain and shine, winter and summer, Sophie and her doll Rosie are always together–when the seam on Rosie’a arm is torn, Sophie nurses her back to health, and when Sophie gets chocolate on Rose, the sweet smell becomes a part of Rose–in a story about a child’s bond with her doll.

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Momma, Buy Me a China Doll
Written by John M. Feierabend
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Momma, Buy Me a China Doll is the latest, lavishly illustrated children’s songtale based on the great American folk music heritage and collected by John M. Feierabend. This delightful song tells the story of Liza Lou, who dreams of owning a china doll after seeing one in a peddler’s cart. Owning a china doll, however, would be a luxury far out of reach for a poor mountain girl from the Ozarks. One of the endearing charms of this song is how Liza is able to provide countless ideas that could lead to raising money to buy a china doll…but alas, to no avail. Like the other picture books in John M. Feierabend’s First Steps in Music series, Momma, Buy Me a China Doll includes a description of the history of the song, the notation of the song, and a link to download the song in audio form at no cost. This book is part of John M. Feierabend’s continuing effort to preserve our rich heritage of children’s folksongs. GIA Publications, Inc. is pleased to expand its series of picture books based on these timeless songs and stories. READ! LISTEN! SING ALONG!

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A Pig, a Fox, and a Fox
Written & illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

The stars of Jonathan Fenske’s 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book, A Pig, a Fox, and a Box, and A Pig, a Fox, and Stinky Socks return in another humorous three-part story designed to engage early readers. This story contains charming characters combined with simple text, lively illustrations, and laugh-out-loud humor to help boost kids’ confidence and create lifelong readers! As in the precursors to this tale, A Pig, a Fox, and a Box and A Pig, a Fox, and Stinky Socks, Jonathan Fenske tells a humorous three-part story of two friends, Pig and Fox. In this book, Fox has a doll that looks like him, and he uses it to prank Pig into thinking it’s the real Fox. As always, the mischief winds up backfiring, and Fox becomes his own victim. With comic art and simple language, this title is sure to have kids rolling with laughter. Exciting, easy-to-read books are the stepping stone a young reader needs to bridge the gap between being a beginner and being fluent.

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