One of my earliest memories of American Girl dolls and the American Girl company was that I wasn’t able to find a character that looked like me. The original characters like Felicity and Samantha had interesting personalities and fascinating time periods, but I was distinctly aware that getting the Samantha doll just wouldn’t be the same for me as it would for another girl who looked even vaguely like her (i.e. brunette and white). Since then, American Girl has added a customized doll (the “Truly Me” collection) that you can change by four dimensions: eye color, hair color, hair type and skin color. The idea that girls want dolls that look like them is not unique to American Girl I think, but only very recently have I noticed a ‘movement’ of sorts of companies offering more diverse dolls. In particular, Mattel has just introduced a new line of diverse dolls by body size – they now offer ‘curvy’ and ‘petite’ dolls. This was surprising to me for a couple reasons – Kelly Hager in the Keywords Essay on ‘Body’ articulated this well – “Another body often under- or misrepresented in children’s literature is the fat body.” (20). She quotes Beth Younger (2003) who wrote about the “…difficulty many Young Adult fiction authors have resisting the contemporary hyper-thin European ideal of beauty” (20). In lecture and discussion I think we have touched on the subject of ethnic and racial representation and how that may affect children, but I had honestly never thought about how children with diverse body types may feel about their representation in children’s literature and dolls. The “unacknowledged weightism” (20) in children’s literature that we’ve read is obvious now looking back, but it was just a sort of assumed ‘norm’ as I was reading it. The American Girls series does not explicitly describe Kaya’s body type or Josefina’s or Kirsten’s but they do illustrate the covers (as most children’s books do I think), which means that there was a deliberate decision on the part of the illustrator and publisher to create a cover with girls who are thin. I glanced through the American Girl covers and while they are beautifully illustrated, there really is no diversity in body type in any of the drawn characters. If one point of dolls (or the characters they represent) is to mimic some kind of reality for the girl who owns it, it’s hard to understand why there isn’t more diversity in bodies (and ethnicities) on the market.