I'm not going to the American Girl store until after my dad gets home from work, so I figured for now, I'll explore the Internet to find more things out about Claudie before I go to AG at the end of the day!
Here are some things about Claudie I learned from browsing product pages and press releases:
According to Yahoo Life: "In her story, 9-year-old Claudie navigates the booming cultural growth in her neighborhood of Harlem in 1922. Along the way, she meets talented artists that inspire her to discover her own special talents. As she finds her voice, she explores her family's history."
Claudie's story explores why Harlem became a hotbed of so many talented Black artists and, even with the challenges of the time, provided a place of hope and new beginnings.
Like every American Girl historical character, Claudie's story had a panel of expert advisors to collaborate on every detail of Claudie.
American Girl has donated $100,000 worth of cash, Claudie dolls and Claudie books to the Harlem School of the Arts, a cultural center that encourages youth to train in the arts.
Claudie's launch will be marked by a Why Claudie Matters video series by Brit Bennett, Claudie-themed menu items at American Girl store restaurants, book signings, a Claudie-themed music video, and videos on Instagram and TikTok.
Dizzy Dot, Claudie's dog, isn't actually her dog! She's actually the dog of Miss Amelia, who runs the boardinghouse Claudie lives in.
Claudie goes to dance lessons with her best friend Nina, a dancer. However, Claudie isn't that good at dancing.
Claudie has a six year old brother named Jody, who often asks Claudie to put on puppet shows for him before he sleeps.
Claudie's Dress-Up Accessory Set belongs to Selma, a jazz singer who lives in Claudie's boardinghouse.