Selma's Dolls

MUSLIM DOLL HONORED AS OPPENHEIM TOY PORTFOLIO PLATINUM WINNER

Toy Judges Praise Selma’s Dolls For Being Inclusive: Earning Awards From Oppenheim, Tillywig and National Parenting Product Awards

Atlanta, GA (November 4, 2018) – One ragdoll-and-book set that celebrates diversity has wowed Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, the benchmark of excellence with consumers, toy makers and media. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio today published its annual announcement of the best toys of 2018. Ameena, a Muslim ragdoll who wears a beautiful hijab, has melted the hearts of toy judges who have seen everything on the market over the years.

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The Muslim doll is one of three in the Selma’s Dolls collection. Winning the rare Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum AwardThe Muslim doll is one of three in the Selma’s Dolls collection. Winning the rare Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award means this doll is one of the most innovative and engaging new products of the year.

“We’ve had dolls from many cultures and ethnicities. Ameena, is a first!” states the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio review. “She is a fabric doll wearing a hijab, in the tradition of Muslim women. Like the other dolls in the collection she comes with a little book about differences and friendship.”

The three dolls also won the Tillywig Parents’ Favorite Products Award and the 2018 National Parenting Products Award (NAPPAIn addition to Ameena, there are two other dolls in the collection. Annie is a loveable doll with Down syndrome who wears a blue and yellow dress – colors that represent awareness for Down syndrome. And Lola is a Mexican-American doll who loves to teach friends new Spanish words. The three dolls also won the Tillywig Parents’ Favorite Products Award and the 2018 National Parenting Products Award (NAPPA). Each doll and book set sells for $39.99 online and in retail stores across the eastern United States.

Tillywig Award“Selma’s Dolls is a collection of uncommonly beautiful ragdolls that celebrate our differences (cultures, religions, developmental disabilities) and similarities as human beings and help sow acceptance and inclusion as a way of thinking and being” says the write-up for Tillywig Award Winners 2018. “The book includes conversation starters that help parents and children explore what it means to be different from others…The dolls’ construction and design is such that they are easy for young ones to hold and will remain sitting upright on their own, features that inspire an abundance of pretend play!”

NAPPA AwardNAPPA judges also fully agree. “Meet Selma’s Dolls — a collection of soft ragdolls that celebrate diversity and help teach kids about the beauty of being unique. In each doll’s clothing print, there is a nod to the olive branch that is a universal symbol of “peace” and part of the Selma’s Dolls logo. These dolls are a NAPPA winner because they bring an important message to kids and parents: Diversity is beautiful and we should all celebrate our uniqueness.”

AMEENA – A Muslim Friend + Book • $39.99 • Ages 2+Shop here and learn about the real-life Selma and how befriending someone who didn’t look just like her changed Selma in the best way possible.

AMEENA – A Muslim Friend + Book • $39.99 • Ages 2+
— Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal Award 2018
— National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) 2018
— Tillywig Award Winner 2018

Ameena wears a blue hijab, a head covering, worn in public by many Muslim women. Her green tunic represents a number of traditional associations and meanings in Islam.

ANNIE – A Down Syndrome Friend + Book • $39.99 • Ages 2+ANNIE – A Down Syndrome Friend + Book • $39.99 • Ages 2+
— National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) 2018
— Tillywig Award Winner 2018
— New! Tillywig Holiday Guide 2018

With her blond pigtails and loveable smile, Annie enchants every child who snuggles with her. Inside the hardback book, adults will find a letter and conversation starters, so they can feel comfortable starting the discussion around Down syndrome and other differences without feeling they need to be an expert.

LOLA – A Mexican-American Friend + Book • $39.99 • Ages 2+LOLA – A Mexican-American Friend + Book • $39.99 • Ages 2+
— National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) 2018
— Tillywig Award Winner 2018
— New! Tillywig Holiday Guide 2018

This adorable doll has a brown complexion and wears a pretty red flower in her hair, braided to one side. Look for the olive branches – a symbol of peace – incorporated into her Mexican-inspired red dress. This doll, like the other two, comes with the illustrated storybook, First Day of School.

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ABOUT SELMA’S DOLLS
Launched in March 2018 by two working moms, Selma’s Dolls is a ragdoll-and-book set that helps children, in a magical yet authentic way, learn how to love and celebrate differences. Discover how different is beautiful at www.selmasdolls.com.

Written by Matt

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