With their fresh faces and soft cloth bodies, American Girl dolls have been a phenomenon since they were created in 1985. In addition to a unique look, each doll comes with its own story that teaches kids about American history.
As every American Girl fan knows, there also is a series of books to complement the line of dolls. These books tell chatty, upbeat stories centered on life lessons and historical events. One title, Samantha's Ocean Liner Adventure, details a young girl's trip on a steamer ship in 1906. Another, Welcome to Kit's World: Growing Up in the Great Depression, deals with subjects such as poverty and loss (without being a downer).