American Girl has partnered with Random House Children's Books to adapt several historical character's stories into children's books for readers younger than the age range for the standard American Girl chapter books.
The first two books are centered around holidays and are Little Golden Books for readers ages 2-5.
'Happy Birthday' is written by Rebecca Mallary in her writing debut and illustrated by an anonymous illustrator. The book will release on August 10.
"Addy(TM), Josefina(TM), Kirsten(TM), Molly(TM), and Samantha(TM) star in a Little Golden Book for the first time ever--just in time to celebrate 35 years of American Girl!
Celebrate the birthday of American Girl with this first Little Golden Book featuring Samantha, Molly, Kirsten, Josefina, Addy, and other beloved characters. Take a peek into how each of these girls enjoyed her birthday during her unique times in U.S. history. Featuring full-color illustrations and a diverse group of American Girl characters from a variety of historical settings, this Little Golden Book is perfect for girls and boys ages 2 to 5, and collectors of all ages!"
'Happy Holidays' has no cover yet. The author and illustrator are anonymous. The book will release on September 7.
"This Little Golden Book stars Molly, Josefina, Nanea, Felicity, and other favorite American Girl characters as they celebrate the holidays!
Traditions may change over the years, but one thing never changes: everyone loves celebrating the holiday season! Felicity, Molly, Nanea, Rebecca, Josefina, and other American Girl historical characters show off some of the ways families have enjoyed the holidays over the decades--from the food to the songs to the parties, presents, and more! There are many ways to celebrate Christmas and the season in this Little Golden Book featuring full-color illustrations and a diverse group of spirited characters from a variety of historical settings. This Little Golden Book is the perfect holiday gift for girls and boys ages 2 to 5, and collectors of all ages!"
The last three books are Step into Reading Level 3 books meant for readers 5-8 and are adaptations of classic Historical Character stories.
The first one is titled 'Freedom for Addy'. It is written by Tonya Leslie, who has written kid-sized biographies of people like Barack Obama and Rosa Parks in the past, and illustrated by Tanisha Cherislin, a first-time illustrator. It will release on August 24.
"American Girl Addy fights for freedom during the Civil War in this all-new Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader that takes place in 1864--and includes an Addy poster!
Addy Walker escapes a Southern plantation during the turbulent Civil War. Meet Addy as she and her mother make a daring journey from slavery to freedom in 1864. Addy's story is sure to engage young girls as they learn what it was like to be a girl during the Civil War in this Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader. Great for American Girl fans ages 5 to 8, this reader comes with an Addy poster."
The second one is titled 'Samantha Helps a Friend'. It is written by Rebecca Mallary and illustrated by an anonymous illustrator. It will release on July 13.
"American Girl Samantha(TM) stands up for what's right in this all-new Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader that takes place at the Turn of the Century in 1904--and includes more than 30 stickers!
It's 1904, the turn of the 20th century, and Samantha Parkington is a nine-year-old orphan living with her rich grandmother. When Samantha sees a friend in need, she makes space to help and a speech worth more than gold! Meet Grandmary, Nellie, Uncle Gard, and more people in Samantha's world while learning what it was like to be a girl in 1904 in this Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader! Great for young American Girl fans ages 5 to 8, this reader includes more than 30 stickers!"
The last one is titled 'Molly's Christmas Surprise'. It is written by Lauren Clauss, who writes tie-in books to children's media, and illustrated by Melissa Manwill, who illustrated the 'A Girl Named' series for American Girl and Scholastic. It will release on September 7.
"This Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader is all about American Girl Molly(TM) and her Christmas on the home front during World War II in 1944--with more than 30 stickers included!
The battles of World War II may be a world away, but Molly McIntire and her family do what they can to help from the 1944 home front. Meet Molly and her family, and get to know what it was like to be a girl celebrating Christmas during World War II in this Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader. Great for young American Girl fans ages 5 to 8, this reader includes more than 30 stickers."
What do you think about these books? I most likely won't be getting them, but I find it interesting that American Girl is reaching out to their younger fanbase who are too young to read the chapter books that come with the dolls on their own.