As you know the girls and I had a special pre-holiday little date at the American Girl store a few weeks back. Since then, we’ve been having endless conversations about who we think the new American Girl Doll Of The Year will be. Last year, we welcomed Luciana the astronaut, the year before a poet Gabriela and her story about how she overcomes her challenge with stuttering, and the year before that Lea Clark at photographer that loved to travel! The girls had some pretty good guesses this year – a veterinarian, ballerina, teacher, president, but on January 1st we welcomed Blaire Wilson – a chef in training!
Siella and Gemma immediately related to Blaire as they not only love cooking and baking with me in the kitchen, but also love watching the cooking shows like Top Chef Junior! Blaire excels at gathering people around the dinner table but needs help finding balance between the digital world and the real world—like many people today. Through Blaire, girls will learn the importance of staying connected to the people they care about and that this means more than clicking and swiping—it means truly being there.
Blaire’s story unfolds in a chapter book series written by Jennifer Castle and published by Scholastic. In the two books, available now, Blaire loves to put her cooking and decorating talents to good use on her family’s sustainable farm and bed-and-breakfast in upstate New York. When the opportunity to plan the farm’s first wedding arises, Blaire jumps in with gusto. However, between overextending herself to create the perfect farm-fancy event and a newly diagnosed food sensitivity that makes her self-conscious, Blaire finds herself more engaged on her devices than at real-life gatherings with others. Ultimately, through the help of her family and friends, Blaire finds a healthy balance and learns the value of being fully present at every occasion.
The new Girl Of The Year comes to life for girls via a beautiful 18-inch doll, featuring bright green eyes and curly red hair. Blaire’s world features an array of outfits, accessories, and products that reflect her life on Pleasant View Farm, including a sweet lamb and piglet, festive party decor, and Blaire’s Family Farm Restaurant, with everything needed to play out a show stopping farm-to-table celebration.
Fans can learn more about Blaire at the following 2019 events and activities:
- Blaire Online Play: Girls can visit http://play.americangirl.com/play/girl-of-the-year/blaire for book excerpts, games and activities, and Blaire’s Life at Pleasant View Farm Vlog posts from her family’s sustainable farm, featuring delicious recipes, gardening tips, cooking and craft videos, and more.
- Blaire’s Family Dinner Series: To promote mealtime togetherness, families are invited to attend a Blaire-inspired dinner series at select American Girl retail restaurants across the country in 2019. Parents can visit americangirl.com/stores to learn more or make a reservation.
I’m super excited to see Blaire join American Girl’s family of characters and timeless stories designed to help girls think about their own character and who they want to be! It’s so fun listening to Siella and Gemma chat about what they want to be when they grow up. Their answers are always changing but I love that they are already starting to think about it! And I’m super excited to be giving a Blaire Wilson away to one lucky SITC reader! GOOD LUCK!