We're incredibly picky about what we allow our kids to watch. Not just based on TV and movie ratings, but also for the tone and feel of the show. We've all but banned those sassy kids' shows where the kids spew catch phrases and spend the whole show time plotting and scheming. Sadly, we're down to fewer and fewer shows these days and sometimes wish I could flip on the TV and find something that not only was age appropriate but also had a great message.
That's why I turn to American Girl. Over the years, we've watched more American Girl movies with the kids than any other series, and it's the one we all eagerly await new releases from like it's Christmas. Well, this year, Christmas came early.
American Girl has released their holiday entertainment lineup just in time for cozy nights spent snuggled up in front of the TV. Of course, the kids were happy to hear of new movies and episodes and are busy planning our weeks around watching the newest American Girl releases.
An American Girl Story—Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas is based around the American Girl BeForever character Maryellen Larkin. The special is set during Christmas in 1955 in Daytona Beach, Florida, where middle child Maryellen longs to stand out amidst the hustle and bustle of her big, busy family. Maryellen’s adventurous spirit is sometimes at odds with the era she’s living in: when conformity was valued above individuality. When Benji, a family friend afflicted with polio comes to stay with them and visit Daytona Beach’s hospital for care, Maryellen is inspired to help the polio patients have the best Christmas ever. With guidance and advice from Maryellen’s wise and sympathetic mother, Maryellen learns the key to helping others is through listening. You can stream the special exclusively on Amazon Prime Video starting November 25
An American Girl: Lea to the Rescue is one of our favorite films, and I love that it will be airing this holiday season for all to enjoy. You can watch An American Girl: Lea to the Rescue, American Girl's first-ever action-adventure film on November 23 on Disney Channel. In the thrilling sequel to the original book series, Lea must face her fears as she travels deep into the Brazilian rainforest to solve the mystery of her missing brother. In her quest to find him, she helps save endangered animals and must outwit ruthless animal poachers. Remember that Lea leaves next month, so be sure to shop her collection if there is any must-haves you haven't snagged! The film is also available on Blu-Ray and DVD
An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win centers around 10-year-old Melody, who is coming of age in Detroit in 1963. In the film, Melody’s eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by instilling in her that love brings out the best in everyone; reminding Melody that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.” You can stream the film exclusively on Amazon Prime Video