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Did You Ever Get Into the American Girl Series?

I've already declared my love of the American Girl books, which I enjoyed mostly because they incorporated interesting historical stuff into stories about girls who — aside from the differences in time periods — were just girls like me and my friends. Now, even though I'm an adult with no kids, I'm excited to see the adorable Abigail Breslin play Kit Kittredge in the movie adaptation heading to theaters just in time for the 4th of July.

Not only did I love the books, but I was the ecstatic recipient of a Kirsten doll at one point. My friend's mother even sewed us pajamas that matched our dolls (the white nightgown for me and Kirsten, the red-and-white striped two-piece PJs for my friend and her Molly doll). At that time, there were only three girls to learn about: Kirsten, Molly and Samantha. Now there are tons! And customizable dolls, too. It's crazy to think how far the American Girls have come over the years.

Was the American Girl series a part of your childhood, too?


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jemimajane78 jemimajane78 8 years
Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High & Nancy Drew were my faves
jueycruiser jueycruiser 8 years
Those books were great, I think my favorite was felicity. didnt get a doll though, i decided on a babysitters club doll that year :P
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Yes, I did. When I was much younger, I liked all the American Girl dolls, book, and merch. The only thing is that the girls in the books stay at a very young age and there are only 4 books for each doll. That makes it easier for people to grow out of the series though... but I used to really like it! I even wrote American Girl Company a letter asking if they could make an Chinese-American doll, and I was a subscriber to American Girl Magazine for a while.
ashleykins ashleykins 9 years
I was more so into "Dear America..."
darkangel2305 darkangel2305 9 years
I actually read these books as an adult (20ish). I didnt grow up in the US and my former rommie who is from Madison, WI introduced me. There were adorable. It was obviously a quick read, about 1 series per day, but so worth it. I plan to buy these if I ever have a daughter :D
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
i read one book when i was small. i didnt get why they were so cool, so no, i never liked them.
nancita nancita 9 years
I never read the books, but I also had a Kirsten doll! Buzz, maybe we can bring ours in to play together.
unicornsrule84 unicornsrule84 9 years
My American Girl Doll experience: I read ALL the books when I was a child. Then they started making more, so Josefina onward I missed out on. The facts in the back were the best. My favorite book of all of them was Happy Birthday Molly because I had an obsession with British people and bomb shelters were fascinating to me at the time. I had the Felicity doll. She looks just like me. I even have the little curls around the face. I also had a thing for pioneers, but we couldn't afford too many dresses, so I used to make Kirsten's clothes out of construction paper and attempt to put them on Felicity.
northofantastic northofantastic 9 years
I thought they were creepy then and I still do. I was too busy reading Goosebumps books. LOL.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I love American Girl Series!! I never had a doll (really wanted one though), but I read all of the books. I would really love to have the boxed sets like pictured above. My favorites were Felicity and Samantha! :) They are probably part of the reason I am in love with history and am a Social Studies Education major. Speaking of ruining dolls hair... I did collect porcelain dolls and one had beautiful curly hair ... my sister brushed it and it frizzed and ruined! :( I also liked the Baby Sitters' Club books at about the same time. Oh and Sweet Valley :)
chaserkt chaserkt 9 years
I love my Molly. I got her when I was 5 and haven't stopped getting stuff for her and I'm 24! I have a problem yes I know. But I have stuff that they don't make anymore and it's really cool. I can't wait when I have girls to get them one two.
luxington luxington 9 years
I never liked dolls very much. I was more into Little House on the Prairie and things like that.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
I read Kirsten, Felicity, Samantha, Molly and I think another one...I still have my Molly doll!!
suziryder suziryder 9 years
I had a Kirsten doll and really wanted a Samantha one, too!
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
I had one of the personalized dolls and I read all the books. I would always get them from the library.
bunnychick bunnychick 9 years
I have Kirsten and my sister has Samantha. I believe I have the whole set (complete with the bed and trunk) that's stored away somewhere in my parents' house. Definitely will be passing it on down when/if I have a daughter in the future!
shmoo15 shmoo15 9 years
Didn't read the books because I was busy reading the heck out of the Baby Sitter Club series...but I did have the Samantha doll.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 9 years
Yeah! I had Samantha and Josefina. The books were really good, I remember. I also collected postcards and totally got the American Girl magazine.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
I had a Kirsten doll and then got an American Girl of Today when those were introduced. I realized, though, that having blonde hair and hazel eyes and designing an American Girl of Today that looks like you basically just gets you another Kirsten doll, but one who doesn't have those signature curled braids and chooses to wear denim vests and leggings instead of prarie clothes.
vanilla19 vanilla19 9 years
I loved the books. I had a Felicity doll, she was my favorite. My twin sister had Kirsten. She took the braids out just like krampalicious.
hllrbackgirl hllrbackgirl 9 years
I only got into the books about Addy
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
yes! i had a kirsten and as soon as i took her hair out of braids, it was screwed. i read all the other books AND subscribed to the magazine. because i was just that big of a dork.
sheiserin sheiserin 9 years
I absolutely loved the American Girl collection, and I also miss the days of the simple Pleasant Company. My Addy and Josephina dolls continue to sit on my shelf in my old room at my parents house. Ah..memories.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I had Molly when I was little and my sister had Felicity I think
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I never had any of the American Girl dolls that were specific to the books, but I did get one of those dolls that you could pick to look just like you and then I got a friend for that doll. You could even write your own American Girl stories! That was fun!
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