My daughter is shy and she has dyslexia. In our fast-paced world, being an introvert with a learning disability is a big challenge. She finds it difficult for her voice to be heard in social situations and at school.
In first grade, her school was able to provide enough assistance for her to get by. By second grade, I realized that she was really having trouble keeping up with her peers. By third grade, we decided that the public school in our area was not able to provide the learning environment that she needed.
My daughter was brave enough to speak with me about her feelings and challenges. She felt that it was very difficult for her to speak up in class or keep up with her schoolwork. We worked together to find a school in our area that fits her needs.
Recently, my daughter was introduced to the new American Girl BeForever doll, Melody Ellison™. Melody is a hopeful and positive 9-year-old girl growing up during the civil rights movement in Detroit. After seeing her family members face racial discrimination, and experiencing it herself, she decides to speak up about inequality to make a difference in her community.
The first thing my daughter said was, “She is so cute and I LOVE her hair.” There was no mention of Melody being any different from her other dolls. Once she read more about Melody’s story, she immediately related to Melody’s struggle for equality. One of the first things she did was pose Melody at our front door as if she were going door-to-door to ask for people to support the fight against inequality.
Although not a racial situation, my daughter’s learning disability made some peers, and even teachers, discriminate against her. She was called names like stupid and slow. She was asked “Why can’t you keep up?” and “Don’t you get it? It’s so easy!” She was also targeted by school bullies.
My daughter is very proud of herself for speaking up to make a difference in her own life. She is working with her current school by helping them research how dyslexic students learn. She hopes one day that all schools will be more equipped to handle this learning disability, which affects one in five people. Once she comes back into the public school system or heads off to college, she hopes to create a club where dyslexic students can support one another.
American Girl is introducing several activities and events to coincide with Melody’s launch:
Lift Your Voice with Melody: To celebrate the fairness and equality theme of Melody’s stories, American Girl has created Lift Your Voice with Melody, a campaign that encourages American Girl fans to share their photos and videos of how they’re speaking up to make a difference. Fans can watch the Lift Your Voice with Melody video and then share their own inspiring videos and photos, using #LiftYourVoice.
Melody Retail Events: At American Girl retail stores across the country, from August 26-28, girls will have an opportunity to listen to the soundtrack of Melody’s life—Motown—and will be immersed in her world with special block party food and décor, free crafts and receive a free Melody-inspired doll tee while supplies last. Check your specific store location for exact details and event timing.
Melody Learning Materials: For parents and teachers, free downloadable Melody Learning and Reader Discussion Guides are available at com, which explores themes and issues from the 1960s.
My daughter is eager to participate in the #LiftYourVoice program and attend a Melody event near us. She is also excited to read the Melody books. She’s interested to learn more about Melody’s story and the history of the civil rights movement. She’s learned a bit about it in school, but she can’t wait to find out more details. For my daughter to say that she’s looking forward to reading a book is a BIG deal!
I’m so glad that American Girl has released a doll that shares a very important message with girls of today. She’s the perfect addition to the BeForever collection.
The Melody collection is geared for girls ages 8 and up. To find out more details about the entire collection, visit americangirl.com.
We have a few AG dolls, my daughter loves them. I love this campaign!
These are such gorgeous dolls! They make for such a special gift.
Awwww your daughter is to be admired! My daughter who will be 19 tomorrow still has her “Molly” American Girl.
That is such a cute American Girl Doll. My daughters would love to adopt her into our family as well.
These dolls have potential to do so many good things for our daughters. It is important to do what we can to make our daughters feel strong ad empowered so that they are ready for the world.
“My daughter is shy and she has dyslexia. In our fast-paced world, being an introvert with a learning disability is a big challenge. She finds it difficult for her voice to be heard in social situations and at school. In first grade, her school was able to provide enough assistance for her to get by. By second grade, I realized that she was really having trouble keeping up with her peers. By third grade, we decided that the public school in our area was not able to provide the learning”
You could have been writing about 10yr daughter! She too is extremely shy, dyslexic yet brilliant & we’ve been homeschooling for 3 years now & we both absolutely love it!
I love the content you post….very insightful and inspiring…keep up the great job!
I think the American Girl dolls are such a great line of toys for young ladies. They have such a positive message, which is so important.
That’s awesome! Are there other dolls with other histories? My little girls LOVE dolls. Maybe I’ll be looking into that.
What a great new addition to the American Girl characters and quite the inspiration. Melody is definitely a character/doll I would love for my daughter to have.
I love the American Girl collection and it’s so great that they have the #LiftYourVoice program! I’ve never heard of it! Thank you for sharing it!
I love that she can connect with the doll through the story! Such an inspiring message, too!
This is a great doll. It is so important for girls to hear a positive message. My Daughter has had her American Girl Doll for years.
The #LiftYourVoice program sounds amazing. We are hoping to get our girls American Dolls for Christmas.
What a beautiful doll. Our girls each had one but I think they liked the books just as much or more than the dolls.
I absolutely love American Girl Dolls and would love to get this one for my niece! Her birthday is in just a few weeks and I think she would love it.
What a great message! My girls are a bit young for American Girl, but I have to say that I can’t wait till they get into them. I have been waiting forever, LOL… I, myself, am a huge fan
What a cute doll and important message. I need to look into getting one for my nieces upcoming birthday.
This is a great program! I hope it starts a wildfire. Girls can do whatever boys can do!
American Girl dolls have been around for as long as I can remember. This new doll looks like she is just what your daughter needed to step out of her comfort zone 🙂
Your daughter’s story is nothing short of amazing. I love that she has found a way to express the way that she is feeling.
I loved American Girl dolls when I was younger. It is amazing that they are still inspiring girls today.
I love the American Girl collection and it’s great that they have the #LiftYourVoice program. I pleased to hear that your daughter is helping her current school understand more about dyslexia.