I always purchase books to give as gifts and American Girl book are on my book gift giving guide this year because of the lovely books they have for tweens. They have a variety of subject matters from manners, personal health and of course several featuring their American Girls.
Smart Girl’s Guide: Manners
Girls can discover about all things manners! Updated content and fun illustrations, this book gives some great advice on table manners and relevant things they can use every day. Girls will learn proper etiquette for everyday events and tricky social situations. This guide is also filled with great advice on everything from eating in fancy restaurants and handling troublemakers at parties to regaining composure after embarrassing accidents. Entertaining quizzes are also included in this 128 pages paperback. Author: Nancy Holyoke. Ages 8+
Any girl that likes to doodle and draw will love Dabble, Doodle & Draw
This book is the follow-up to Scribble, Squiggle & Sketch. Girls will find it is jam-packed kit includes with step-by-step instructions for creating 75 adorable doodles. Other projects include things for her to doodle on—mini fold-up boxes, labels for organizing her artwork, greeting cards and envelopes to brighten up someone’s day, door signs, and more! 48 pages. Kit. Author: Kristi Thom. Ages 8+
Friends Till the End Book
Friendships always brighten a girls life. No matter how close friends are it seems that problems crop up. Inspired by our Smart Girl’s Guide: This activity book is full of quizzes to help girls solve their friendship problems. Lots of tips are in this book to guide girls on how to treat her friends, how to deal with bullies, how to be a great friend, and more. Whether she’s looking for advice, insight, or just plain fun, this book of 80 pages and spiral bound will come in handy.
Author: Emma MacLaren Henke. Ages 10+
The Care & Keeping of You 2
This book is written by Dr. Cara Natterson for girls 10 and up and it is a great book which advises girls on stages of becoming a teen. The Care & Keeping of You 2 follows up the original bestseller with more information about the physical and emotional changes girls are going through. With illustrations and expert contributors, this book covers new questions about periods, her growing body, peer pressure, personal care, and more. This is a 96 page paperback.
This is a fun book for girls and filled with funny quizzes ti help girls reveal their true feelings and talents. Girls will love the silly topics: Which kind of cupcake matches her true personality? If she were a video game, which kind would she be? What kind of gadget describes her in a nutshell? These fun quizzes will help a girl have a better understanding of which kind of girl she really is. This is an 80 page paperback.
Author: Aubre Andrus. Ages 8+
Design by Me: Treats
This is a fun book for any girl that likes to design their own detailed desserts. This book offers creative ways to make a craft from special foil- and flock-art pages, and intricate art designs they can create then use to decorate their bedroom or share with a friend. Includes coloring tips, display ideas, a portfolio, and a frame to help girls showcase their art. 32 pages. Kit.
Author: Carrie Anton. Ages 8+
My grand-daughter’s favorite books are those featuring the American Girls. She is always thrilled to get these types of books.
Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery
These books follow Caroline and her family through events in their life. They are filled with adventure, mystery and just plain fun!
When Caroline learns that British spies may be lurking in Sackets Harbor, she is worried. Then, a long lost friend of Papa’s shows up in town and Caroline’s papa gives him a job at Abbott’s Shipyard. When strange things start happening then Caroline is sure it is a spy at work. She must find out if it is someone working in the ship yard of the long time friend. This book is illustrated and contains a section called “Looking Back” which discusses the role of spies in the War of 1812. This is a 192 page paperback.
Author: Kathleen Ernst. Ages 9+