Barbiecore: Paint it Pink

By Kat La Mantia | June 7 2023 | Pop CultureBlogAdultsGeneralGift

While we’re all anxiously awaiting Greta Gerwig’s new Barbie movie, which has already reached an iconic status just through the trailers, it’s time to reevaluate and reclaim the aesthetic joys of American girlhood. Barbiecore, my friends, is about more than just wearing pink. Embracing the Barbiecore ethos means flaunting your vintage Polly Pocket collection, discussing the deep lore of animated Barbie classics like A Mermaid Tale and The Princess and the Pauper, and turning those fashionable early-00s Bratz dolls into real life ‘fits. Barbiecore is about knowing you can be a mega boss babe in high femme style while still celebrating and lifting up women of all stripes and breaking down gender stereotypes.

Though yes, you can also ensconce yourself in pink.

To this end, we’ve curated some of our most fabulous pink-forward books so you can bring the Barbiecore trend from your closet to your bookshelves. See our favorites below, and then click into our Barbiecore title list for even more!

More Perfectly Pink Barbiecore Books

Burn After Writing (Pink)
978-0-593-32991-7
The national bestseller. Write. Burn. Repeat. Now with new covers to match whatever mood you’re in."This book has made me laugh and cry, filled me with joy, and inspired me." -TikTok user camrynbanks
$14.00 US
Oct 27, 2020
5-5/16 x 8
Paperback
160 Pages
TarcherPerigee

The Queer Film Guide
100 great movies that tell LGBTQIA+ stories
978-1-922754-29-5
Enjoy your night in with these movies that tell queer stories.
$19.95 US
May 16, 2023
6-2/7 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
208 Pages
Smith Street Books

Dior and Roses
978-0-8478-7055-4
An exquisite look into the legacy of the rose at the House of Dior, from Christian Dior’s early passion for gardening to contemporary floral-inspired designs. 
$45.00 US
Sep 07, 2021
8 x 10-1/2
Hardcover
160 Pages
Rizzoli

Behind the Seams
My Life in Rhinestones
978-1-9848-6212-9
A beautiful celebration of Dolly Parton’s iconic sense of style with entertaining personal stories and 450 full-color photographs, including exclusive images from her private costume archive
$50.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
9 x 12
Hardcover
336 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Anna Karenina
978-0-14-119961-0
Tolstoy's epic novel of love, destiny and self-destruction, in a gorgeous new clothbound edition from Penguin Classics. Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky. Their subsequent affair scandalizes society and family alike and soon brings jealously and bitterness in its wake. Contrasting with this tale of love and self-destruction is the vividly observed story of Levin, a man striving to find contentment and a meaning to his life - and also a self-portrait of Tolstoy himself. This acclaimed modern translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky won the PEN/ Book of the Month Club Translation Prize in 2001. Their translation is accompanied in this edition by an introduction by Richard Pevear and a preface by John Bayley 'The new and brilliantly witty translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is a must' - Lisa Appignanesi, Independent, Books of the Year 'Pevear and Volokhonsky are at once scrupulous translators and vivid stylists of English, and their superb rendering allows us, as perhaps never before, to grasp the palpability of Tolstoy's "characters, acts, situations"' - James Wood, New Yorker
$30.00 US
Sep 30, 2014
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Hardcover
864 Pages
Penguin Classics

The Self-Love Journal
978-0-593-54360-3
Tap into your magic with this thoughtfully designed daily journal.
$16.00 US
Jun 13, 2023
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
160 Pages
TarcherPerigee

OK Tarot
The Simple Deck for Everyone
978-0-593-53926-2
An inclusive and minimal tarot deck that’s open to interpretation
$22.00 US
Sep 20, 2022
2-3/4 x 4-3/4
Cards
TarcherPerigee

Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies
Amazing Women on What the F-Word Means to Them
978-1-9848-1917-8
An urgent and inspirational collection of essays by a diverse group of celebrities, activists, and artists about what feminism means to them, with the goal of helping readers come to their own personal understanding of the word.
$22.00 US
Oct 02, 2018
5 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
384 Pages
Ballantine Books

Clay Pop
978-0-8478-9930-2
Clay Pop documents the reinvention of ceramic sculpture by a new generation of artists.
$65.00 US
Mar 28, 2023
10 x 12
Hardcover
256 Pages
Rizzoli Electa

Mean Baby
A Memoir of Growing Up
978-0-593-08277-5
Selma Blair has played many roles: Ingenue in Cruel Intentions. Preppy ice queen in Legally Blonde. Muse to Karl Lagerfeld. Advocate for the multiple sclerosis community. But before all of that, Selma was known best as … a mean baby. In a memoir that is as wildly funny as it is emotionally shattering, Blair tells the captivating story of growing up and finding her truth.               "Blair is a rebel, an artist, and it turns out: a writer."—Glennon Doyle, Author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Untamed and Founder of Together Rising
$17.00 US
May 09, 2023
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
320 Pages
Vintage

Tokyo Street Style
A Coloring Book
978-1-5247-6021-2
Paris Street Style reinvented the adult coloring book; building on its success, Tokyo Street Style brings the hip-factor to another of the world's favorite cities.
$16.00 US
Aug 29, 2017
8 x 8
Adult Coloring Book
80 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Barbie Mad Libs
World's Greatest Word Game
978-0-593-22659-9
Mad Libs is the world’s greatest word game and a great gift for anyone who likes to laugh! Write in the missing words on each page to create your own hilariously funny stories all about Barbie and her Barbie world! 
$5.99 US
Sep 21, 2021
5-1/4 x 8-3/8
Paperback
48 Pages
Mad Libs

The Astrology of You and Me
How to Understand and Improve Every Relationship in Your Life
978-1-68369-042-9
Use the power of the stars to perfect your relationships with friends, family, partners...everyone you know!
$24.99 US
Apr 03, 2018
7-1/2 x 9
Hardcover
344 Pages
Quirk Books

Little Women
978-0-14-119241-3
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadPart of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four "little women" enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored by generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over little Beth's death, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. Future writers have found inspiration in Jo's devotion to her writing. In this simple, enthralling tale, both parts of which are included here, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature's most beloved women.
$26.00 US
Sep 28, 2010
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Hardcover
544 Pages
Penguin Classics

Grace of Monaco
Princess in Dior
978-0-8478-6592-5
A singular look into Grace of Monaco's stylish life through the exceptional dresses that the house of Dior created for her over the years.
$45.00 US
Sep 03, 2019
8 x 10-1/2
Hardcover
152 Pages
Rizzoli

Watercolor Workbook: Flowers, Feathers, and Animal Friends
25 Beginner-Friendly Projects on Premium Watercolor Paper
978-1-950968-89-3
Build your watercolor skills with confidence with these 25 beautiful and beginner-friendly new projects on premium watercolor paper! From artist Sarah Simon, author of 2021's bestselling Watercolor Workbook, comes 25 new projects that celebrate flowers, feathers, and animal friends.
$24.95 US
May 30, 2023
8-1/2 x 11
Paperback
88 Pages
Paige Tate & Co

Bad Gays
A Homosexual History
978-1-83976-327-4
An unconventional history of homosexuality for readers of The Deviant's War by Eric Cervini
$29.95 US
May 31, 2022
6 x 9-1/5
Hardcover
368 Pages
Verso

Nadine Ijewere
Our Own Selves
978-3-7913-8776-5
A celebration of identity and individual human beauty, this vibrant monograph is the first book dedicated to fashion photographer Nadine Ijewere—the first Black woman photographer to land a cover of Vogue in the magazine’s 125-year history.   
$55.00 US
Jan 25, 2022
9-1/2 x 11-3/4
Hardcover
192 Pages
Prestel

André Saraiva
Graffiti Life
978-0-8478-5863-7
The first and much-anticipated book by visual artist, club creator, and nightlife impresario André Saraiva presents his wide range of works, from street art and contemporary art to graphic design, photography, and his influences on fashion and nightlife.
$95.00 US
Sep 06, 2022
8-1/4 x 11-3/4
Hardcover
320 Pages
Rizzoli

Christian Siriano: Dresses to Dream About
978-0-8478-7107-0
The popular young fashion designers takes us through the creation of his favorite gowns, from sketch to dress, updated with fourteen recent creations. 
$45.00 US
Nov 30, 2021
9-1/2 x 12
Hardcover
264 Pages
Rizzoli

Captivate!
Fashion Photography from the '90s
978-3-7913-7849-7
The nineties are back!Fashion icon Claudia Schiffer takes readers on a personal journey through the golden age of the global supermodel.
$70.00 US
Jan 25, 2022
10-1/2 x 14-1/8
Hardcover
216 Pages
Prestel

Joy in the Little Things
Finding Happiness in Style, Home, and the Everyday
978-0-8478-6949-7
The beloved fashion and lifestyle illustrator celebrates the best, most important joys of all--the little pleasures--in this guide full of ideas and inspiration for tapping into your own happiness and creativity.    
$35.00 US
Apr 06, 2021
7 x 9
Paperback
224 Pages
Rizzoli

Bill Cunningham Was There
Spring Flings + Summer Soirées
978-0-8478-7003-5
Celebrate Bill Cunningham—the iconic New York Times photographer who chronicled society and fashion—with his images of the vibrant events of spring and summer.
$40.00 US
Mar 09, 2021
9 x 12
Hardcover
144 Pages
Rizzoli

Girlvana
Self-Love, Yoga, and Making a Better World--A Handbook
978-0-14-753066-0
A handbook for the self--a compassionate, honest, and personal guide to empowering yourself, and others, for a safer and more inclusive world.
$16.95 US
Jun 15, 2021
6 x 8
Paperback
280 Pages
Appetite by Random House

Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn [Graphic Novel]
978-1-910620-22-9
The Mean Girls Club is out for vengeance on the squares and the pigs in their first full-length, hot pink graphic novel filled with mayhem, misandry, and more danger than you can shake a stiletto at!
$20.95 US
May 08, 2018
8-1/2 x 11-4/5
Hardcover
96 Pages
Nobrow

Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood
978-0-593-08670-4
The RuPaul's Drag Race legends and stars of The Trixie & Katya Show and UNHhhh share the secrets of their feminine mystique in this satirical guide to beauty and homemaking.
$26.00 US
Jul 14, 2020
7 x 9
Hardcover
208 Pages
Plume

Here for It
Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays
978-0-525-62105-8
National Bestseller • Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick • Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee • From one of the most beloved popular culture writers today, a heartfelt and hilarious memoir about growing up seeing the world differently, finding unexpected hope, and experiencing every awkward, extraordinary stumble along the way.
$17.00 US
Sep 07, 2021
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
304 Pages
Ballantine Books

Stone Fox Bride
Love, Lust, and Wedding Planning for the Wild at Heart
978-0-8129-9809-2
Ditch the storybook wedding, banish Bridezilla, and walk down the aisle in style and in truth: you are a Stone Fox Bride and this is your bridal guide.
$45.00 US
Dec 05, 2017
7-3/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
320 Pages
Random House

PINK
978-1-939130-12-9
PINK is considered by many as the first Japanese comic for women (josei manga). If not the proto-josei, it is the bible for this genre covering many themes that still resonate with women today - work, family, finances and romance. However, Okazaki turns all of those themes on their side with bombastic visuals and a cast of characters, including a talking crocodile, who are like nothing seen in a comic since.
$16.95 US
Nov 26, 2013
5-3/4 x 8-1/4
Paperback
256 Pages
Vertical Comics

Valentino: Themes and Variations
978-0-8478-3172-2
The definitive monograph on the king of Italian fashion on the occasion of his retirement.
$80.00 US
Sep 09, 2008
9 x 12
Hardcover
300 Pages
Rizzoli

Totally Pink Mad Libs
World's Greatest Word Game
978-0-8431-9898-0
Mad Libs is the world’s greatest word game and the perfect gift for anyone who likes to laugh! Write in the missing words on each page to create your own hilariously funny stories about all things pink!Everyone knows that PLURAL NOUN just wanna have fun! With 21 “fill-in-the-blank” stories about sparkly dresses, funny pigtails, and secret crushes, Totally Pink Mad Libs has something for everyone! Play alone, in a group, or at a sleepover! Mad Libs are a fun family activity recommended for ages 8 to NUMBER.Totally Pink Mad Libs includes:- Silly stories: 21 "fill-in-the-blank" stories all about girly things!- Language arts practice: Mad Libs are a great way to build reading comprehension and grammar skills.-  Fun with Friends: each story is a chance for friends to work together to create unique stories!
$5.99 US
Dec 23, 2010
5-1/4 x 8-3/8
Paperback
48 Pages
Mad Libs
Age 8-12 years

It
978-0-14-312483-2
The darling of the fashion world and co-host of the music TV show Fuse News shares her inspirations, musings, and her own very personal and eclectic styleWith influences that range from the sultry beauty of Jane Birkin to the rocker chic of Mick Jagger, it’s no wonder that everything worn by Alexa Chung instantly becomes the latest trend. Already a hugely popular television personality and a muse for Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld, Chung is now a co-anchor of the nightly music show Fuse News, covering today’s hottest acts and entertainment news. Chung’s first book, It, provides her legion of fans with a long-awaited inside look at her fascinating world.A wholly unique collection of Chung’s personal writings, drawings, and photographs, It covers everything from her candid thoughts on life, love, and music to her favorite ensembles and how to decide what to wear in the morning. With Chung’s characteristic wit, charm, and refreshingly down-to-earth attitude, this full-color compendium is a must-have for anyone who loves fashion, music, and just about everything Alexa Chung.
$32.00 US
Oct 29, 2013
6 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
192 Pages
Penguin Books