Reads of the Month: March Edition – American Girl Books
I knew I wanted books to be an important part of my daughter's life.

I have never posted book recommendations before, but I thought perhaps I should start. My undergraduate degree is in English and I worked in a library while I was in high school, so books have always been an important part of my life. I knew I wanted them to be an important part of my daughter's life as well. She has a vast collection of books and has recently become interested in having chapter books read to her at bedtime. My sister and I immediately thought of the American Girl series.

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Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find the original books (i.e. Samantha, Felicity, etc.), so we started with Rebecca. She is the daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants in 1914. Rebecca is very interested in acting/movies and the books center partially around her growing passion. My daughter really enjoyed this book, even if some of the concepts were too advanced for her at 5-years-old.
Major themes found throughout Rebecca's books include immigration, family, coming of age, and independence.
Read Rebecca

Mary Ellen

The second American Girl we introduced to my daughter was Mary Ellen. Her books are set in Florida in 1954, the year my mom was born. It was really neat to make that connection for my daughter. One thing that really stood out about Mary Ellen's books was the discovery of the Polio vaccine. This was yet another interesting connection for my daughter. Living during the coronavirus pandemic and the discovery of the vaccine, my daughter was able to really relate to Mary Ellen living during the polio outbreak.
Major themes that are addressed in Mary Ellen's books are courage, female empowerment, teamwork, and friendship.
Read Maryellen


The last American Girl that we tried recently was Nanea. She is a Hawaiian girl living in 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately, we were unable to finish the book because the bombing and aftermath really scared my daughter. This story was definitely over my daughter's head and I would not recommend it for a 5-year-old. Additionally, there were a lot of Hawaiian words that made reading the book aloud especially difficult for me.
The story was interesting to me and I do plan to finish it on my own and revisit Nanea's story when my daughter is a little older. Other than the war, one of the major themes in the book was the way Japanese-Americans were treated immediately following the attack. This is something that has some connection to our life as well, with the way Asians have been treated in some areas following the coronavirus outbreak.
I only gave this book 3 stars because we did not finish it and it was not age-appropriate for my daughter.
Reading Nanea
Picture browsing
Each book contains photo pages with to show what sort of items would be typical for that time period and what might be seen throughout the book.
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