2014 National Toy Hall of Fame Finalists Revealed

American-girlThe 12 finalists for induction into The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame this year include American Girl dolls, My Little Pony, Rubik’s Cube, and more.

Here is the full list of finalists:

The Hall of Fame at The Strong museum in Rochester, N.Y., announced the finalists on Monday. A ceremony at The Strong on November 6 will reveal this year’s inductees.

American Girl Welcomes the Brand-New World of Bitty Baby

BittyBabyAmerican Girl debuted its Bitty Baby line of 15-inch dolls, outfits, and accessories. The new line includes 11 different dolls with various skin tones and hair- and eye-color combinations, as well as illustrated picture books, premium play sets, plush animals, and online activities.

Kids ages 3 and up can select their doll from the expanded choices, at which point they receive the Bitty Baby doll dressed in a signature sleeper, along with a special “wishing star” keepsake toy and Bitty Baby and Me, the first in a series of five hardcover picture books featuring ways to play. New outfits in various designs are also available to allow kids to further personalize their Bitty Baby.

The new Bitty Baby picture-book collection, by Newbery Honor Award-winner author Kirby Larson and award-winning illustrator Sue Cornelison, follows a little girl and her beloved Bitty Baby doll as they discover the world around them. Each book also comes with a special section for parents that focuses on the social and emotional experience of preschoolers and offers tips to parents. [Read more...]

American Girl Craft Kit Now Available

McKenna Brooks, this year’s American Girl of the Year, was the inspiration behind the premiere craft projects being introduced by American Girl Crafts. Girls can capture and celebrate their achievements with the Sticker Style Frame and Memory Album, or encourage friends and family to do their best with the Super Spirit Card-Making Pad. Wearable crafts such as the Star Spirit Hair Accessories, Color Coded Friendship Bracelets, and an Iron-On Drawstring Bag are enable girls to create their own styles.

Even Polka Dot, McKenna’s pet hamster, provides inspiration—with a felt Sew & Stuff hamster pillow that girls can make. Punch-out paper dolls and dimensional stickers based on McKenna are available as well.

Each kit includes craft-able invitations, popcorn bowls, activities, and more to get girls ready for the July 3 release of new feature-film, American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars. The film will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD at Walmart, American Girl retail stores, and americangirl.com, and is scheduled to air on July 14 on NBC.

This post was originally written by Lindsay Gordon and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.”