As you know, “Barbie: is celebrating her 50th birthday this year. Here is a reading list to commemorate her golden year:

barbie-and-ruthBarbie and Ruth: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her By Robin Gerber … During her life, Ruth Handler, co-creator of Barbie, experienced both great triumphs and setbacks. This book is a balanced portrayal of her life’s story.


toy monsterToy Monster: The Big, Bad World of Mattel By Jerry Oppenheimer … Even the toy and doll industry has its dark side. Oppenheimer exposes the intrigues and scandals surrounding both Barbie and her parent company, Mattel, throughout the last half century.

forever-barbieForever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll By M.G. Lord … Originally published in 1994, Lord’s book explores every facet of America’s sometimes love, sometimes hate, relationship with the iconic doll.