American Girl’s 2016 Holiday Highlights
Disclosure: I received a doll for my review. All opinions are mine alone.
There aren’t many weeks left before the holiday season is full swing! My girls have a strong bond to American Girl as they build their collection. I know Santa will be bringing them some new items – and I just love watching them play and care for their dolls.
American Girl announced the official debut of its newest BeForever character, Melody Ellison, back in August! In her stories, Melody, a 9-year old growing up in Detroit, Michigan, during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, lifts her voice for equality and helps bring this significant time in America’s history to life for girls today.
Ensuring the historical accuracy and cultural authenticity of Melody’s story and product collection was imperative, so American Girl worked for over two years with an esteemed six-member advisory board who reviewed and provided input on all aspects of Melody’s development—from the doll, books, outfits, accessories, issues, and story setting. The Melody advisory board members included:
” The late Horace Julian Bond, chairman emeritus, NAACP Board of Directors and founding member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
” Gloria House, director and professor emerita, African and African American Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn
” Juanita Moore , President and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and founding executive director of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis
” Rebecca de Schweinitz, associate professor of history, Brigham Young University, Utah, and author of If We Could Change the World: Young People and America’s Long Struggle for Racial Equality
” Thomas J. Sugrue, professor of history at New York University and author of Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North
” JoAnn Watson, native of Detroit, ordained minister, and former executive director of the Detroit NAACP
- Melody’s story comes to life through the 18-inch Melody doll, historically authentic 1960s doll outfits and accessories, and Melody-inspired clothing for girls ages 8 and up (Prices range from $9.99 to $250)
- Girls and their parents can enjoy a rich and inspiring on-screen experience together while watching An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win, a live-action adaptation of Melody’s series created for Amazon Prime Video and premiering Friday, October 21.
Holiday time is also about spreading goodwill to others, and American Girl’s new WellieWishers line is designed to help teach younger girls ages 5 to 7 the skills of kindness, empathy and being a good friend.
- The WellieWishers line features five character dolls, early chapter books, garden-themed accessories, and clothing for girls (Prices range from $5.00 to $250)
- Young girls will also delight in seeing the WellieWishers world come to life via American Girl’s first-ever animated series available through Amazon Prime Video.
Girls can tap into their “can do” spirit and have hours of fun with an array of other fun gift ideas and stocking stuffers, including the Mega Bloks American Girl construction line ($3.99 to $69.99), American Girl-themed cookware and cookbooks from Williams-Sonoma ($9.95-$59.95), and engaging advice and activity books ($9.99 to $24.99).
And, last but not least, girls and their guests can enjoy a memorable day at American Girl’s retail stores nationwide. Holiday-related events and experiences are available throughout the season! I can’t wait to head back into the city (NYC) with my girls this holiday season to see the beautifully decorated store and enjoy a holiday experience of our own!