From K. Charles
Three years ago a friend of mine asked me to help her find a doll for her Biracial daughter. She had been to numerous stores searching for a suitable doll but couldn’t find one. She gave up, thinking that since it was only a few days before Christmas stores must just be sold out. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I consider myself a shopping wizard, a master of the mall, an ecommerce expert. So, when she called, I immediately stepped up to the challenge. After all, how hard could it be to find a non-white doll.
The answer, it was not impossible, but it was challenging. The most frustrating part was the lack of choices. Every retailer had one, maybe two dolls to choose from but something was missing. There was nothing, to create a connection and show African-American, Hispanic, Biracial, Multiracial girls just how beautiful they are. So, with that in mind I embarked on a journey to create a collection of characters showcased in a line of books, dolls, and accessories that reflect the beautiful ethnic diversity of African-American, Hispanic, Biracial and Multiracial children. Double Dutch Dolls is about more than just a doll line. It’s about a group of characters that every young girl can relate too.
Each of the characters came to life when I started writing the first book in the series, “Double Dare”. Growing up I loved to read fun stories about girls my age who were experiencing the same challenges. My favorites were Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High and anything Judy Blume. I always wished there were characters like them who looked like me. So, I began to write my thoughts and ideas on the back of napkins (literally) and in the many cute notebooks I always carry in my enormous purse (seriously, it’s a big purse).
Finally, I pulled all those thoughts together and the Double Dutch Dolls were born. The characters are not perfect which is great because neither are we. But, each one is smart, beautiful, and stylish and positively reflects all of the wonderful things I see in our children everyday.
Double Dutch Dolls is dedicated to all girls in hopes that through the stories and dolls every young girl will see herself in one of the characters and be inspired to stay beautiful, brilliant, and brave.
I invite you to explore the book series, dolls and accessories by shopping the site, reading an excerpt from Book #1 and leaving your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think and ideas you have for expanding the line. Book #1 is available now and African-American dolls based on Kaila and Zaria are now available in our online store. More new books and dolls are coming soon including Hispanic dolls, Biracial dolls and Multiracial dolls based on the rest of the Double Dutch Dolls characters. So, come back and visit us or better yet leave your email address and we’ll send you updates. You can also follow us on Facebook , twitter and instagram or check out Kaila and Zaria’s very own pinterest boards.
Be a Doll!