American Girl Books Giveaway to Kick Off Readapalooza

UPDATED WITH WINNERS!! The winner of the three McKenna books is Christina from The winner of The Hidden Gold is Jen. The winner of the ISU Behind the Scenes book is Kaylee and the winner of The Smart Girls Guide to Liking Themselves is Agbittybaby.

American Girl Summer Reading Program Summer is almost here and one of my kids’ favorite ways to spend their summer days is curled up with a good book! American Girl thinks that’s a great idea, too.

They sent me a box of American Girl books to use as giveaways to Doll Diaries readerswe will actually have FOUR winners!

So, keep reading to find out what Read-a-palooza is all about, what books we are giving away and how you can enter to win!

About Read-a-palooza

Read-a-palooza is American Girl’s summer reading program they are doing this year in conjunction with the literacy campaign that ties in with the American Girl of The Year for 2012, McKenna Brooks, and her struggles with her schoolwork. From May 1 through September 3, 2012, $1 of every book purchased through American Girl (up to a maximum of $100,000) will support Save the Children’s efforts to raise literacy rates in impoverished communities by providing basic education and equipping schools and teachers with reading materials. In addition, American Girl will make its third donation of books to Save the Children this fall, bringing the value of the company’s total book donation to nearly $1.5 million. Go to to:

What we are giving away

American Girl McKenna books

ONE lucky winner will win all three books in the McKenna collection which includes –McKenna by Mary Casanova, McKenna, Ready to Fly! by Mary Casanova, and Take the Challenge.

American Girl Mystery of the Hidden Gold

ONE lucky winner will win The Hidden Gold: A Marie-Grace Mystery (American Girl Mysteries)by Sarah M Buckey.

InnerStar U book Behind the Scenes

ONE lucky winner will win the Innerstar U book Behind the Scenes – a book starring you with more than 20 endings you can pick.

American Girl Smart Girls books

ONE lucky winner will will A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself – Even on Bad Days.

**Note – the dolls are not part of the giveaway, they just wanted to see what the books were about while showing them off to you!

How to Enter!

  • Visit and get acquainted with the program, do a quiz or two and print out some bookmarks or activities.
  • Mandatory entry – leave a comment below letting us know what THREE books are you looking forward to reading this summer!
  • Get a two bonus entries by posting a photo of your dolls reading books on our Facebook page or on Twitter (be sure to leave a comment here that you posted it so I go see it).
  • Get more bonus entries by letting your friends know about our giveaway. Get one extra entry for each of the following, but come back and leave a second comment telling us where you shared it:
    • Post about it on your own blog, in a forum, tweet about it or share it with your friends on Facebook.
    • Follow us on Twitter (we are @DollDiaries) – please send us a tweet letting us know you are following us and introduce yourself, too.
    • Like us on Facebook (we are DollDiaries) – again, feel free to leave us a note on Facebook saying hello and that you are entering the giveaway.
    • Subscribe to our YouTube channels (DollDiaries)
    • Follow the DollDiaries board on Pinterest


  • Leave your comment(s) no later than midnight May 14, 2012.
  • Make sure your email address is right. We only use it to contact the winner and we will NEVER share it or publish it.
  • You must be 13 or older to enter. If you are under 13, just ask your parent, grandparent, favorite aunt or uncle to enter for you!
  • We will be using the “And the winner is” plugin to select four (4) winners at random.
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  1. Madeline says:

    Firstie! I’d like to read this summer…
    Clue in the Castle Tower
    Meet Julie
    Meet Rebecca
    all of these I’d be reading again. :o)

  2. Kt says:

    I am looking forward to reading

    Changes for Kaya

    The ember trilogy

    And meet Josifina

  3. Love2Read says:

    I’d like to read The Hidden Gold (because I have Marie-Grace), Warsaw Requiem, and Paris Encore.

  4. Char says:

    Love2Read – you need to check your inbox – you were one of our mystery prize winners and I have not heard back from you yet.

  5. cecille says:

    I would like to read meet julie meet addy and a innerstar book

  6. Ivy says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Kaya’s whole collection of books again. Especially “Kaya’s Escape” That is my favorite! =D

    I subbed you on youtube

    and liked you on facebook

  7. Quinlyn says:

    I’m looking forward to reading The Fiddler, hopefully one of the Innerstar U books, and also I want to read The Hobbit or the Chronicles of Narnia. 😀

  8. Megan aka Megz says:

    i am going to read: Meet Samantha, Happy Birthday Samantha Meet Kit and Meet Felicity!!

  9. Lorie Ann says:

    I will be reading books on Autism /Aspergers as my two children are on the spectrum. My daughter loves to read Diary of a whimpy kid series and will also read wizard of oz and heidi

  10. Hayley says:

    Hi char – I’m not entering but can I send a photo of a few of my dolls ready for summer please ?

  11. Char says:

    Hayley – of course – you can always send in photos!

  12. Vivy says:

    Three books I want to read this summer are, Mockingjay, Popularity Papers 3/4 and Mckenna.
    I also followed you on twitter and pinterest and will be posting a picture of my dolls reading, is it ok to send in an old picture?

  13. Char says:

    Vivy – sure – you can post the photo on your blog or email it in to me – your choice. If you post it on your blog, just leave a link to it in a separate comment.

  14. Hayley says:

    Char -ok thanks I’ll take pics later 😀

  15. Love2Read says:

    Ok, I just emailed you! Sorry for the delay.

  16. celeste says:

    the 3 books I am most excited to read are the Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. I will be going on a road trip soon so I will have lots of time to read :)

  17. celeste says:

    I e-mailed a picture of my doll reading :)

  18. marcie91 says:

    I plan on doing a little re-reading of my favorite young adult/teen books,

    1) Born confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier

    2) Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

    3) Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger

    I love re-reading books.

  19. April says:

    i think this is great i love to read to/with my dolls!!!

  20. Kirren says:

    I am excited to be reading McKenna, McKenna Shoots for the stars, and Lindsey.

  21. Chloe says:

    I’m going to read hunger games catching fire and mocking jay.yep all three books in order (on my nook)

  22. Chloe says:

    Oh and I’m reading the doll I just got for my bday Lindsey’s book tO

  23. Brinley says:

    im looking forward to reading catching fire and maybe mokingjay also the serprents shadow (well finishing it) and home for the holidays

  24. marcie91 says:

    I just put a picture of Lux reading on your facebook page. I know the photo is crappy but I had fun taking it. I broke my camera :( so its a cell phone camera picture.

  25. Princess Belle says:

    Three books that I’m excited to be re reading are:
    Monster High
    Monster High The Ghould Next Door &
    Monster High Where there’s a Wolf There’s a Way.
    I’ll be entering! Thanks! :)

  26. Bella says:

    I plan on reading The Hunger Games,Catching Fire, and Mockingjay

  27. Hannah O. says:

    I would like to read the McKenna books and the hunger games
    Sorry that’s five I couldn’t pick 😀

  28. Gillian says:

    The books i would read over the summer are:
    Meet Marie-Grace
    Meet Cecile
    Meet Mia
    Meet Sonali
    Meet Gween
    And the McKenna’s Series!

  29. Gillian says:

    I have subbed your youtube, posted a photo to facebook, liked your facebook and

  30. claire says:

    im excited to black beauty, mocking jay (though im kinda in the middle of it), and a book im buying from my american girl!

  31. Erica says:

    I am excited to read:
    Catching Fire
    and some other books like Left Behind kids series, and Erec Rex ( someone gave us the books so iv always wondered abou them)
    There is so many book i love and cant wait to read, but i dont read as much as i use to… shame on me! lol

  32. Agbittybaby says:

    My daughter is most interested in a girls guide to liking herself, behind the scenes and take the challenge . I’m also posting this on my fb page

  33. AbbyH327 says:

    I would like to read McKenna Ready to Fly, because I have McKenna, and have already read her first book. I would also like to read Meet Felicity, and Meet Elizabeth-


  34. Caitlin says:

    I look forward to reading Meet Kaya, A Light in the Cellar, and Behind the Scenes!

  35. Anna-Marie says:

    I’m looking forward to finishing ‘The Cay’ (I’m reading it in school for a novel study, and we’re about halfway through it), and reading Books 1 and 2 of the McKenna series

  36. Sarah says:

    My three books i’m planning on reading this summer are the last two books in the Hunger Games(if i don’t finish before) and Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen. : ) Char, I’m going to email my picture. Is that okay? : )

  37. Nyah says:

    I an looking forward to reading\
    Rebecca mystery
    Mocking jay
    Walk two moons

  38. Nyah says:

    i meant I am and reading: … sorry

  39. Char says:

    Sarah – yes, you can email it

  40. Rocio says:

    i am looking forward to reading:
    Mocking Jay
    This isn’t what it looks like
    and the little prince

  41. Anastasia says:

    I am looking forward to reading all three of the new historical mystery books:
    The Hidden Gold- A Marie-Grace Mystery
    The Cameo Necklace- A Cécile Mystery
    The Crystal Ball- A Rebecca Mystery

  42. Chloe says:

    Nyah-walk to moons is one of the best books ever! Anybody ever read turtle in paridise? It’s my personal fav though that might change from my current book 13 gifts I also love 11 bdays

  43. Sarah says:

    Char- Thank you!
    Nyah- Walk Two Moons Is my FAVORITE!! I LOVE that book!

  44. Jazzie says:

    I am interested in reading The Hidden Gold-A Marie-Grace Mystery, The Cameo Necklace- A Cecile Mystery, and The Crystal Ball- A Rebecca Mystery. I hope to be able to read these books over the summer, and many of the other American Girl Mysteries.

  45. Alicia says:

    i did a quiz. I am looking forward to reading: boy in the striped pajamas, banished from our home dear canada diary, and beverly clary “socks”.

  46. Erin says:

    The books I’m looking forward to reading this winter (yes, I got that right, no mistake) are:-
    Sweet Valley Twins Series
    Bravo Mia!
    Our Australian Girl “Grace and Glory”.

  47. Kaylynn says:

    Hi, the books I will be reading this summer are:
    – Meet Cecile
    – Meet Marie-Grace
    – Meet Josefina
    And many more. :-)

  48. Shauna says:

    I am looking forward to reading:
    Bravo, Mia!
    The second Nicki book don’t know what it’s called
    and all of the AG mysteries!
    Char can I post a pic of my dolls reading on my blog because I don’t have a facebook or twitter?
    I liked DD on facebook in an earlier giveaway

  49. Char says:

    Shauna – definitely. Post the photo on your blog then come back and leave a link to it in another comment.

  50. Angela says:

    The books I want to read this summer are the Hunger Game books and Mckennas books as well.
    I liked you on facebook
    I sub you on youtube