Introducing Luciana Vega: American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year + Giveaway!

 

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Introducing Luciana Vega – American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year!  This adorable 11-year-old character is of Chilean descent, and she is set to inspire and encourage – with dreams of being an astronaut and the first person to set foot on Mars.

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Luciana is a champion of STEM, a role-model, and a leader – working passionately towards her dreams, while defying stereotypes and embracing risks  – to teach girls about failure, resilience, and success while charting their own life course.  She also comes with really cool, creative accessories (sold separately) including a Flight Suit, Space Suit, Mars Habitat, Maker Station, Telescope Projector Set and more.

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American Girl collaborated with an advisory board including a NASA chief scientist and astronaut to create Luciana’s story along with details that went into the doll’s creation. Her story, chronicled by Erin Teagan highlights the ways in which Luciana’s hard work and award-winning essay submission on planetary geology earn her a scholarship to attend Space Camp.


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Luciana is also a fun and spunky 11-year-old!  She loves adding her own personal flair to everything – from the sparkly stickers on her flight suit to the rainbow LED lights on her robot.  My ten-year-old is pretty obsessed with the purple streak in Luciana’s hair and her funky little doll boots and fanny-pack that opens to hold little items. She also devoured her book in one day and told me all about Luciana’s best friend and the baby girl that her family adopts. She can’t wait to move on to Luciana’s second book: Braving the Deep.

Win it! We’re so excited that our friends at American Girl are celebrating Luciana’s arrival by giving away a doll to one lucky reader! To enter to win a Luciana Vega doll + book giveaway visit the widget below.  U.S. only, please.  Check out our other American Girl features here and do check back to see if your name pops up as the randomly-selected lucky winner! Best of luck and thanks for visiting!

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Aloha, Nanea Mitchell: American Girl’s new Hawaiian Doll + Giveaway

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Introducing, Nanea Mitchell, American Girl’s new BeForever character! This darling doll is a 9-year-old Hawaiian girl who adores her close-knit family, dancing the traditional hula, fishing alongside her father and playing wither her dog, Mele.  She lives on the Island of Oahu – and her story explores the life of islanders in 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S’s entry into World War Two.


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Her story helps American Girl fans contextualize a significant period in history where one girl can make a meaningful difference.  It also highlights the ways in which courage, patriotism and the aloha spirit synonymous with the Hawaiian people inspired a war-torn nation.

As a former resident of Hawaii – Nanea is a new favorite for me! And as a parent, I appreciate the lessons woven in the Hawaiin teaching of “kokua” – doing good and selflessly giving – which Nanea personifies.

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American Girl fans will get to experience an all-new face mold in this adorable 18-inch doll – and a bunch of authentic-to-the-era accessories including a Hula Outift, Hula Implements and Nanea’s Family Market with 90 pieces that include a wood stove and more.

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In support of Nanea’s inspiring mission, American Girl will be collecting donations for the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) and will match every dollar donation made in store and at amerciangirl.com in the U.S. (up to a maximum of $75,000).  In addition, the brand is giving away $575,000 worth of its signature 18-inch dolls to the American Red Cross to children living in times of crisis. We adore this mission, Nanea’s story, and American Girl’s steadfast commitment to giving back.

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American Girl is spreading the aloha with a Nanea Mitchell doll and book giveaway for one lucky winner! Enter to win via the below widget (U.S. only) and check back to see if your name pops up as the winner. Best of luck and thanks for visiting!

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Meet Z Yang: American Girl’s Korean-American Filmmaker Doll + Giveaway

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Introducing Z Yang: American Girl’s first Korean-American doll!  Z (short for Suzie) launched today as part of American Girl’s new line of contemporary characters – representing more diverse backgrounds and creative interests. This adorable doll is an imaginative young filmmaker from Seattle who loves to make stop-motion videos. She’s already racked up a ton of fans (hello, millions of views!) via her “Z’s Crew” web series on American Girl’s YouTube page.

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Z’s stop-motion vlogging adventures are told in a two-book series, The Real Z, and Z on location. She also has a line of fun accessories available for purchase including video making supplies and a cute accessory set with glasses.

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Z loves staying connected with friends and sharing stories through her stop-motion videos.  And to celebrate Z’s launch, American Girl is hosting Z debut events at its retail locations nationwide the weekend of April 28th (this weekend!).  On May 6th, American Girl’s stores in NYC, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, and DC will host meet-up events to introduce fans to real girls who, like Z, have gained a strong online following based on their creative passion for photography and stop motion videos. They are:

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Inspired by Z, my kids gave stop-motion video making a go.  Check out their first video below!

Win It! American Girl is kindly sending a Z Yang doll + book to one lucky winner. Enter this giveaway via the below widget.  Best of luck and thanks for visiting!
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Logan Everett: American Girl’s First Boy Doll + Giveaway!

Did you all hear the exciting news from American Girl?  Along with a diverse set of new dolls for 2017, American Girl recently introduced their first-ever boy doll, named Logan Everett. Logan-Everett-American-Girl-Boy-doll.jpgWe’re so excited about this adorable boy character and the opportunities for all children to creatively play with dolls.  We love toys that give our boy the chance to explore nurturing roles and relationship-building through play – and parents have been requesting a boy character from the iconic brand for decades.  American Girl’s inclusion of a new boy character is simply wonderful, and it’s no surprise that Logan has been flying off of store shelves!

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With an un-tucked plaid shirt, cool jeans and sneakers, Logan Everett is a fun drum-playing boy, with unique hand positioning to help him hold his instruments (rhythmic drum set sold separately).  Like the other American girl dolls, his gray eyes open and close – and he has adorable short brown hair.  Logan is also the buddy and band mate of Tenney Grant, another new doll character from Nashville. As a singer and songwriter, Tenney has her own book series and original music available for purchase.

We’re so excited to partner with American Girl again, to giveaway their first-ever boy doll, Logan Everett to one lucky winner! In addition to the Logan doll, the generous team at American Girl is also including the first two books in Teeney Grant’s series! To enter visit the widget below. Please note that all entries are verified.  Best of luck and thanks for visiting!
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Gabriela McBride: American Girl’s 2017 Girl of the Year + Giveaway!

We’re so excited to share American Girl’s 2017 girl of the year! Meet Gabriela McBride, a spoken word poet, and dancer who turns to her favorite creative art forms to help break down barriers and overcome personal challenges, including her own struggle with stuttering.

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A doll with a speech impediment? Yes! We can’t get enough – and adore the ways in which American Girl continues to help young girls see themselves in their diverse collection of dolls and accompanying stories.

With a fun sporty outfit and beautiful dark brown curls, Gabriela is certainly adorable, and her story of resiliency, creativity, and determination is set to inspire, as her poetry helps to save her local community arts center from collapsing.

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Alongside the doll’s release, American Girl is partnering with Scholastic to release Express Yourself, a free curriculum program to teach poetry and self-expression to kids.  The program will even feature a poetry contest to encourage children to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.

Gabriela McBride hit the shelves on January 1st of this year.  Look out for her fun products (including a D.J. setup!) and books in the spring of 2017.  Best of all, she’s the first girl of the year to be available beyond 2017.

Win It!  We’re so excited to partner with American Girl, to giveaway one Gabriela McBride doll and book to a lucky winner! Enter via the widget below. U.S. only please, and all entries are verified. Best of luck! Love American Girl? Check out our other American Girl features here.

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Melody Ellison: American Girl’s Important New Civil Rights Doll + Giveaway

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If you’re a fan of American Girl, you most likely heard about the recent debut of their new historical doll, Melody Ellison.  We’re beyond excited to share about Melody, an African American nine-year-old fictional character, living in Detroit in the mid-1960s – as well as the importance she carries for young girls everywhere.

The doll is beyond adorable and so is her 1960’s clothing and accessories – but most importantly, Melody’s story and accompanying BeForever book: No Ordinary Sound: A Melody Classic, helps young readers to contextualize issues of racism, perseverance, justice, optimism and equality during the civil rights movement – and in ways that apply to the present day.  Melody’s compelling story shares all about her penchant for singing and Motown music; inspiration gleaned from Martin Luther King, Jr., and the courage it takes to lift her voice to make a difference.

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“A message that I hope readers take away from Melody’s story is to think about themselves in terms of their community and what they can do to help- to change- their community. There’s always something that we can do to help change our world for the better.  I hope Melody’s books inspire conversations between young people and adults who have been part of the civil rights movement.” – Denis Lewis Patrick, Author of the Melody series

As a parent, I appreciate that I can depend on American Girl to approach crucial topics with cultural and historical accuracy.  Melody’s story is the product of over two years of work in which American Girl implemented an esteemed six-member advisory board including the late Horace Julian Bond, a leader in the civil rights movement.

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Melody Ellison is an incredible addition to American Girl’s BeForever collection encouraging girls to lift their voices in support of positive social change.

Cheers to American Girl for this doll! She’s important, and our favorite.

Win It! American Girl is generously giving away one Melody Ellison doll and book to a lucky MB reader. If you’re U.S. based, enter via the widget below. Best of luck and thank you for visiting.
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