American Girl Wiki

Craft Books are craft books for each Historical Character of the time. Each craft book features instructions on making toys and crafts from each era along with historical facts about playtime, craftwork, and activities. These were one of the four things offered in the American Girls Pastimes.


When the American Girls Pastimes were released the craft books were created; before that, the closest thing were the individual craft kits for Molly, Kirsten, and Samantha. The kits also included Paper Dolls, Cookbooks, and Theater Kits.

Craft books generally have five themes with three to four items in each theme, and a leading introduction discussing crafting and toymaking and basic crafting tips. In the back pages are patterns for some items designed to be traced over on new paper. (With modern technology, the patterns can easily be scanned and printed instead.) The crafts all warn to have adult assistance with some things as the books were marketed towards children.

Craft Kits were also released. These consist of the book and included materials to make three items from the book, and were only available through Pleasant Company directly.

The craft books were discontinued around the release of Kit Kittredge, possibly because she was not going to receive a craft book, cookbook, or theater kit.

List of Individual Historical Characters Craft Books[]

See Also[]