After watching Oprah debut the new American Girl Doll of the Year for 2008, Mia, on TV last week, I decided to go see what other toys she recommends for kids. After checking out Oprah’s Best Gifts for Kids, I think she must love dolls – three different doll lines made list. On her list:

My Twinn

My Twinn: the just-like-me dolls are individually handcrafted by specially trained artisans who create thedoll’s face and style the doll’s hair based on customer-provided selections and photos. They personalize each doll with the customer’s choice of skin tone, eye color, hair color and hair length. The artisans will also hand-paint special featureslike freckles and birthmarks. The 23″ dolls have vinyl heads, arms and legs and cuddly fully poseable bodies.

My Twinn dolls have an extensive line of clothes for dolls and girls, furniture, accessories and baby dolls as well.

Karito Kids

Karito KidsKarito Kids dolls have a heart!! These ethnically accurate dolls, which come with accompanying chapter books, are designed to give kids an appreciation for different cultures and giving. Every doll comes with an activation code that allows kids to go online and designate a portion of the price to one of four children’s charities.

There are five girls that represent different cultures from around the world. Wan Ling is a panda lover from China, Lulu is an aspiring soccer star and co-host on a children’s TV show in Kenya, Zoe is a bohemian songwriter from New York, Gia is a fashionista and budding designer from Italy and Pita is a medal-winning equestrian from Mexico. The dolls and their adventure books will take you around the world where you will learn fun and interesting facts about different cultures and countries.

Bonus: Send e-cards or print out fun coloring pages at the Karito Kids site.

American GirlJulie American Girl Doll

Oprah debuted the new Mia, Girl of the Year doll, last week and she gave all of the lucky girls in her audience the new historical collection dolls, Julie and Ivy. She also took the audience on a tour of the factory and has even visited the American Girl Place.

American Girl has it all – a line of well made, 18″ dolls for play and collecting. They have historical characters modeled after girls in significant eras of American history, complete with a series of books for each. They have dolls that you can choose that look like your favorite girl, and then there is Bitty Baby and the Twins – 15″ dolls for the younger set.

Bonus: Check out American Girl’s site for lots of fun activities for girls and trailers of the upcoming Kit movie.

It is so nice to see a celebrity of Oprah’s stature supporting creativity, imagination, and good role models for girls. Notice, no Bratz, MyScene or Soda Pop Girls on the list!!