American Girl Books Review & Giveaway

New worlds, new ideas, new activities—they’re all here for girls to discover. From historical adventures to guides for girlhood, our award-winning books are written with the help of experts and with girls in mind. Your girl can learn as she laughs and can grow more confident with every turn of the page.  Here is a synopsis of a few of the latest books available now.

A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself

Has a bad day got her down? In this advice-packed book, girls will learn how high self-esteem can turn a good day into a great day, while low self-esteem can make a bad day even worse. She’ll learn tips for trusting herself, ideas for boosting her self-esteem (or for keeping it up), and how to feel her best in all kinds of situations. She is perfect just as she is, and this book will help her believe that to be true!

The Crystal Ball: A Rebecca Mystery

Rebecca and her neighbor, Mr. Rossi, seem to be having a run of bad luck. When Mr. Rossi sprains his wrist, Rebecca takes over the care and feeding of his carrier pigeons. Then a strange black pigeon delivers an eerie message warning Mr. Rossi of danger, and Rebecca must jump into action to find answers. Where did the pigeon come from, and what sort of danger is lurking? Is Rebecca herself now in danger as well? Only a visit to a fortune teller will reveal the truth! An illustrated “Looking Back” essay provides facts about the 1900s.

The New Girl

Each reader can imagine herself as the main character of this interactive story set in the world of Innerstar University™! She thinks Zoé, the new girl, is brave for coming all the way from her home in France. She wants to get to know Zoé, but she also feels a bit jealous about all the attention the new arrival is getting. When a couple of girls start to tease Zoé, she feels torn—can she find the courage to speak up for what she knows is right? With more than 20 different endings, girls will enjoy this book again and again to see how different decisions change the story. Plus, each book comes with a secret access code to unlock additional endings online!

I remember reading American Girl books growing up and was so excited to share these new titles with my girls!  At 5 and 6 they are a little young to be reading them on their own, so I lent them to the two girls who babysit my kids.  They are both 12 and absolutely loved all three books!  Their favorite was “A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself”.  They actually had a couple of the other books in the series and were excited to check out the latest edition!  After looking through this book I realized they were the perfect age to try it out!  It was full of ideas and suggestions about how to feel good about yourself and how to not let what other peers say about you get you down.  It also has a bunch of cool quizzes to help identify your strengths and weaknesses.  I would recommend this helpful book to any preteen getting ready for the challenge of becoming a teenager in the world today.  It is much more difficult than when I was a kid!

American Girl books are available on the American Girl website, Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  They are great for girls ages 8+ and most retail between $6.95-$9.95.

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Disclosure: I received 3 American Girl Books in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.

About Ashleigh

Ashleigh is a mom of five children ages 4-14. She loves to keep active by running, playing volleyball, P90X and chasing her kids around! She also enjoys Bunko, playing and teaching piano, cooking, ping-pong, getting packages, watching Netflix, and trying out new stuff! She loves being a mom and sometimes feels like a 12-year-old kid when she gets to try out new toys and games with her kiddos :)

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