Children's book author Valerie Tripp spoke with 70 local girls on Sunday, March 16, at Washington County Free Library.
Tripp, a longtime resident of Silver Spring, Md., spent several hours at the library entertaining and educating the 8 to 12-year-olds girls and signing books.
Tripp is one of the primary authors of the "American Girls Collection" series of books.
American Girl encompasses a wide-range of products for girls, including books, a monthly magazine, dolls and movies. American Girl, the company, has been delighting American girls, the reality, for several generations now. The focus of the company is to educate contemporary girls about the lives of girls in eras past and, more recently, to help encourage self-esteem and creativity in girls of today.
In 1986, Tripp's first "American Girls Collection" book was published, introducing her character Molly, a girl living in 1944 whose father is serving in the war. She has developed several more adored American Girls since then, including Josephina, Felicity and Samantha.