Every year, American Girl rings in the New Year with the debut of a new doll. This year, Gabriela McBride™ is the new 2017 Girl of the Year™!
One of the reasons why I love American Girls Dolls is that each girl shares a story. Gabriela has a great story to share about how she overcomes her challenge of stuttering. She loves music, dance and poetry and definitely has a creative side.
Additional Gabriela products and books will be available starting in spring 2017, and—for the first time—the new Girl of the Year collection will be available for a full 12 months and beyond.
Gabriela is in Books, Too!
Gabriela’s story will be told in a series of three books published by Scholastic and written by Teresa E. Harris. The first book Gabriela, hits shelves in January and tells the story of a quiet and creative girl growing up in a family of artists. Gabriela inherited a love of the arts from her parents, especially her mother, but spoken word poetry is becoming her own passion. Although Gabriela often finds herself in a battle with her own words because of her stuttering, she discovers that her poetry, filled with wit and honesty, helps her speech flow more easily and gives her the confidence to find her voice to help save her beloved community arts center from being torn down.
You know that the educator in me loves this! Scholastic and American Girl are partnering to create Express Yourself, a custom curriculum program that teaches 3rd-5th grade students how to use poetry as a tool for self-expression.
The free materials will be available on www.scholastic.com starting March 1, 2017, and include teacher lessons and corresponding classroom activities, a poetry poster, plus parent tips and learning ideas to do at home. In addition, to celebrate National Poetry Month, the program also features a poetry contest for students that will run throughout the month of April. The Express Yourself program will encourage all students to find their creative voices and share their own personal stories, while building confidence along the way.
The Gabriela collection is available on January 1, 2017, through American Girl’s catalog; at americangirl.com; at all American Girl retail locations nationwide; at American Girl specialty boutiques at select Indigo™ and Chapters™ in Canada and El Palacio de Hierro locations in Mexico City; and at Toys “R” Us stores starting in March. The Gabriela books can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers.
Right now, we are reading Gabriela’s story together and learning all about her.
Raising 3 Savvy Ladies wants you to learn the story of the new Girl of the Year too! One lucky winner will win Gabriela McBride! Giveaway open to US only.