I have a great list of 2012 summer reading programs here!).
Historical Fiction -- Stories featuring American Girl historical characters teach girls about the past and help them learn some lessons for the present. The Pea really enjoys their mystery collection, which combines the suspense of a good old-fashioned whodunit with some truly poignant human interest stories.
Innerstar University series -- Stories set in Innerstar U, American Girl's online site. These are interactive, choose-your-own adventure style books with multiple endings. The Pea really likes them because she can read them again and again and enjoy a different story each time. She's a lightning-fast reader, so this lets her get a bit more mileage out of her books!
Advice & Self-help books -- Being a kid isn't easy, and they need all the help they can get. We like American Girl's Smart Girl Guide books, The Care and Keeping of You, journals, body books and other advice books because they address so many issue important to girls -- school, friendship, growing up, etc.. -- in a no-nonsense, from-one-girl-to-another way.
Activity books -- Sometimes girls just want to have fun, and there's no better way to keep busy during the summer than with American Girl's quiz books, craft books, and doll craft books! The Pea especially loves the craft books that teach her how to make cute things for her American Girl dolls, like doll tees, purses, jewelry, hairstyles, party good, and more. I'm especially eyeing the Doll Travel book, since we'll be doing lots of traveling this summer!
American Girl book fans will also be glad to know that American Girl has kicked off a great summer reading program called Read-a-Palooza. Their Read-a-Palooza website has all kinds of wonderful resources designed to get your girl excited to read this summer -- downloadable bookmarks, McKenna activities, quizzes, a list of American Girl Store events, even some tips for starting your own book club! What's more, $1 from every book purchased from American Girl will be donated to Save the Children's U.S. Literacy program, until September 3. What a great way to share the joy of reading with not only your child, but other kids as well!
Win a set of American Girl Books
One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will receive an assortment of American Girl books! The winner will receive a shipment of 4-7 books (titles will likely differ from the ones pictured below) available at the American Girl Bookstore.
Leave a comment on this post and tell me which American Girl book(s) you or your daughter/niece/granddaughter would love to read this summer. This entry must be completed before any extra entries will count.
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This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on May 30, 2012; I will draw a winner at random on May 31 and post his/her name after she/he confirms acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!
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