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Meet Melody Ellison - American Girl's Newest BeForever Character



I have always been a fan of the American Girl brand of books and dolls. I grew up reading the books and when I had my own daughter who is now 19, I bought her the books and doll as well. We are a family of readers. When Madison was born she also received her very first doll (the Bitty Baby) for her very first Christmas and the tradition continued. Just this past Christmas we were able to visit American Girl and Madison had her own mini adventure there where she got her very first BeForever doll, Addy the only African American BeForever girl at this time. Well I have some exciting news for you. February is Black History Month and in honor of Black History Month and there is going to be a new BeForever character, Melody Ellison, an African American girl growing up during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Melody’s full product line will debut later this summer, but the first book in her series, No Ordinary Sound, is currently available.


American Girl was founded on the belief that creating dolls accompanied by fictional stories woven with historically accurate content would be a fun and engaging way to teach children about significant moments in American history. This belief is still true today! In No Ordinary Sound, readers are introduced to the characters who make up Melody’s world, the difficulties and racial inequalities of the civil rights movement, and the character-building moments that affect and inspire this young girl growing up in Detroit—where people were speaking out for freedom, and Motown was playing an important role in the racial integration of popular music. Melody’s hopeful nature and enthusiastic spirit are infectious, and her solid sense of fairness and her heart’s desire to make a difference will resonate with people of all ages.


I am super excited that Abby finally has a "sister" at American Girl, and this is an exciting moment for those in the African-American community who have been waiting for a very long time for a new doll in the series. Melody will be available in stores in the summer and I'm already thinking that she'll make an amazing Christmas gift. I can't wait to meet her but first I'll be adding No Ordinary Sound to our ever expanding book collection.

Let's discuss: Have you read any of the other American Girl books? 


To learn more about Melody Ellison and American Girl visit:

To request an American Girl catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005.


Annmarie John
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  1. Melody is so pretty and I'm sure she is going to be a hit. My girls will love her, for sure.

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    1. Oh I love her myself too and can't wait to get her when she becomes available. She's on my Christmas wish list for Madison. :)

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  2. I love that American Girl is attempting to present more diverse dolls to reach every little girl, not just the white majority in the US. More companies need to reach out and embrace diversity.

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    1. I love that too. While they have the Truly Me Dolls that you can customize to look like you, there was only 1 African-American doll which was Addy. It's good to have another.

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  3. She's so pretty! I'm expecting a baby girl in just a couple of short months, and I can't wait to start the American Girl tradition with her.

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    1. Congratulations Jaime and you should definitely start with the Bitty Baby. It will be perfect for her as a Baby's First Doll.

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  4. I have always love American Girl! I have Molly... who sadly was "discontinued". I think Addie is almost ready for her own AG doll- Melody is beautiful and I know my sassy gal would love a 60's girl!

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    1. Oh I can't wait for Melody as well and I will be sure to share more info as it become available to me.

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  5. So great that American Girl is introducing her - that's amazing! And love that you all are a family of readers! Do you all read together or have any regular family book discussions? :)
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    1. We don't read together as much as we used to but when the boys were younger we would read together and discuss what the book was about. I'm thinking I need to start that all again.

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  6. She is so beautiful, like a princess from a fairy tale!

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  7. I think that this is wonderful for little girls of color and of different ethnic backgrounds. It's important that this brand reflect diversity that represents all little girls.

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    1. I'm really excited as well Maria. While we have Addy and there is an American Indian doll there really is much ethnic dolls and I was happy to see another African-American doll being added.

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  8. Melody is so pretty! The title of the book is also ver catchy and interesting. My daughter is a mommy herself and I am sure she will be getting this for her little girl.

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    1. Melody sure is and I can't wait to see her doll this summer but for now we can't wait to get our hands on the book and read it.

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  9. She's so pretty! I love it! I've never had an America girl doll but I'll make sure my daughter has one!

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    1. I've personally never owned one and it was always something that I wanted but my parents never got me one. I however gave it to my daughters, guess I was making up for me not getting one. :)

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  10. I have never heard of American doll before this post. Melody is such a beautiful girl isn't she?

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    1. I thought everyone has heard of AG but I now stand corrected and I do agree, Melody is gorgeous!

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  11. She is adorable. I'll have to tell my daughter about this. She hasn't bought an AG doll in a long time but she loved them when she was younger.

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    1. Then I guess it's time for her to reconnect with AG.

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  12. How wonderful they finally added a sister for Abby. That was definitely a need within the line.

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    1. I totally agree Liz. I'm so happy that they did.

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  13. That doll is great! I bet my daughter would love it :)

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    1. Well since the doll doesn't become available until the summer I'm sure she'd love the book for now.

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  14. Not being an American, I only ever heard of the dolls. I didn't realise that there were books to go with them too. I love the fact that there is something educational along with the toys.

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    1. Oh yes there are and I would suggest to anyone when getting the dolls to pick up the books as well.

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  15. How wonderful! I grew up reading the American Girl series with my mother! <3

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    1. Awww that's amazing. I got the books but never the doll and have always longed for one.

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  16. I loved American Girl growing up and cannot wait to introduce them to my toddler. So nice to see another African-American doll in the spotlight!

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    1. Oh your toddler would love to have their own adventure in the store.

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  17. Oh my word. She is so gorgeous! We are HUGE American Girl dolls fans in this house. Right now my girls just have bitty babies, but I am thinking their first dolls will come this year!

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    1. Madison had Bitty Babies to begin with and got her very first BeForever doll for Christmas which she loved.

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  18. I also love that Abby has a sister!! Can't wait to check the book

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  19. To be honest, I've never hear about American Girl before, so thanks for sharing about it. Melody is indeed a beautiful gitl.

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    1. You're the second person who have commented that they'd never heard of American Girl. Melody truly is beautiful.

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  20. My daughter was never into these dolls...They seem good for kids to build their confidence and self-esteem...I'm more of a Cabbage Patch Kid and My Little Pony girl myself...lol

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    1. I owned a cabbage patch doll growing up but have never had an American Girl doll until I had my own daughters.

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  21. She is so pretty. This is the first time I heard about the American Girl doll.

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    1. Another person who have never heard of American Girl. I'm so glad I was able to introduce you to them.

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  22. I don't know much about American Girl since I have two little boys. But my sister has two girls and I'm wondering if she has heard about this new doll. I will let her know.

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    1. Then you've definitely got to get a doll or two for your nieces. You'd be the best aunt in the whole wide world.

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  23. She's adorable! I love the American Girl collection. I grew up with them, and this was my baby girl's first Christmas, and my husband surprised both of us with getting her her very own. It was precious.

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    1. Awww how sweet. I also got it for my baby's first Christmas as well and while she wasn't too interested at first, now it goes almost everywhere when we travel.

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  24. I love the American Girl dolls! I had one when I was growing up, and the books, the books are awesome. Actually we are doing a bit of an "American Girl timeline" history curriculum for our homeschool. My oldest is loving it.

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    1. That is awesome Heather. I think their books are great for that.

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  25. The Ameeican girl collection is truly unique. I enjoyed your post because it is such a great description of the origins ! Interesting post !

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    1. Thank you Koninika. I hope you were able to learn something.

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  26. I love this idea! I grew up with American Girl dolls, and I'm glad to see that they are becoming more diverse. I wish they would have started sooner, but at least now they are moving forward. Thanks for posting this!

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    1. You're very welcome Ellen. I wish they started sooner as well but as my mom would say "better late than never".

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  27. This is fantastic! I loved the American Girls growing up and read all of the books. I learned so much from reading them, and still love that they embrace different cultures and ethnicities. I'm glad that they're continuing that trend, and making dolls for every girl!

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    1. Well you better pick up this new book since it's the newest in the BeForever line. I can't wait to get my copy and read it.

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  28. My girls loved, loved, loved their American Girl dolls! They are still treasured, although they now live on the top shelf of their closets as my girls are grown. But they will not let their beloved dolls go. I, too, am glad that they are introducing another doll of color!

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    1. I am too and I can't wait for her to arrive, however I'm going to read her story which I'm sure is amazing.

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  29. Awwwwww just love this!!!! I don't know who is more obsessed with American girl, my daughter or myself!!! Loving how they are making it so every little girl has a doll they can look up too :):)

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    1. I think I'm more obsessed than Madison is as well so you're not alone.

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  30. This is awesome! I was a fan of American Girl dolls when I was a kid (I still have my original Kirsten, "American Girl of Today", and Bitty Baby), but I haven't been able to keep up with the newer girls!

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    1. Awww that is awesome. I never owned one but I did get to read the books. I'm hoping that my own daughter will cherish hers for years to come.

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  31. We love American girl stories (not the dolls though). In fact, we were reading the last pages of Molly just this morning. We definitely hope to read all of them!

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    1. Why don't you love the dolls? We love them and the stories are surely a bonus. I think you'd love this one.

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  32. I've never read any american girl books. I can see why they would be nice though.

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    1. Wow, Orana then you definitely need to get a copy and read. They are amazing.

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  33. Gosh, I remember having my first American Girl doll, it seems so long ago! I love to see that they're diversifying their line!

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    1. Yes the books have been around for quite some time and so have the dolls. While there are a few diverse dolls, I personally think that there weren't enough, so it is good to see.

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  34. We never got into American Girl dolls here, but I love the diversity in the doll selection!

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that but even though you aren't into the dolls you can at least check out the books.

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