American Girl Doll of the Year


American Girl, the beloved doll brand, recently announced their 2012 Girl of the Year with McKenna, a determined, energetic girl who loves gymnastics. Although McKenna shines on the balance beam she also falls behind in school and must use her strengths to turn challenges into triumphs. Through McKenna, girls will discover the power of believing in yourself and your potential to achieve great things.

Available for one year, McKenna will launch with two books that tell her story and extending the fun for girls, an all-new movie based on McKenna's stories will premiere on DVD. At the end of the year, McKenna will be retired and a new "girl of the year" announced. It's a way to highlight what's going on in the world and to celebrate differences. I don't think it's any mistake that it's an Olympic year and McKenna is a gymnast--the picks are always very topical.


To explore their own special talents, girls can participate in the McKenna's Take the Challenge! strength-finding quiz at Upon completion of the quiz, girls will discover their top three strengths out of a possible eight categories, such as Music & Rhythm, Math & Numbers, and Nature & Animals. After completing ten fun offline challenges that correspond to a particular strength category, girls will receive a trophy. For each trophy earned, American Girl will donate 25¢ (up to $50,000) to Save the Children's U.S. Literacy Program.

The 18" McKenna includes a balance beam, a sporty striped dress with flutter sleeves, a dropped waist, and a pleated skirt. The doll also includes teal leggings, purple cotton underwear, strappy slide-on shoes, and the McKenna paperback book, written by Mary Casanova.

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The McKenna doll, books, and accessories are available through American Girl's catalogue, at, and at all American Girl retail locations.
To request a free American Girl catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005.

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