Do You Remember the American Girl books?

Do You Remember the American Girl books?

Long before I knew anything about the American Girl doll collection, I was obsessed with the books.  I was pretty young, so this was probably around 20 years ago.  Wow, I'm getting old.  I didn't even realize there were dolls until I began receiving the catalogs in the mail.  Yes, I was a bit of a nerd.

I started by meeting Samantha.  There was also Felicity, Addy, and probably a few others that I'm forgetting.  These books introduced me to history and made me passionate about learning more about the people of the past in a way that very few teachers ever have.  I'm not the type to care about dates and times; I want to know about feelings and thoughts.  Tell me how it feels to be Felicity, not just what Felicity did.

Do they still make American Girl books?  I've seen a few, but they don't look the same.  You really can't replace a classic, and I'll never understand why people try.  Do kids even read books anymore?  My daughter would rather sit down with her Nintendo DSi for hours then read a few pages of a good book.   

So, what about you?  Did you read the American Girl books when you were a little girl?  Who was your favorite character?  Does your daughter like them now?  I've outgrown them now that I'm a mom myself, but I'll never forget how I used to daydream about reading my American Girl books while sitting side by side with the matching dolls.  Ahhhh, childhood dreams.