Saige Copeland is American Girl‘s 2013 Girl of the Year. Saige is a spirited and imaginative young girl who loves painting and horseback riding at her grandma’s ranch in Albuquerque—the hot-air balloon capital of the world. Saige’s collection is available for one year; the character comes to life with an 18-inch Saige doll featuring long auburn hair and an array of outfits and accessories, including a hot-air balloon and a posable horse. A new movie from Universal Studios Home Entertainment based on Saige’s stories will premiere on DVD this year.

The 2013 Girl of the Year books, Saige and Saige Paints the Sky, were written by Jessie Haas and feature a nonfiction section in the back with real girls who, like Saige, overcome obstacles and use their talents to make a difference in their communities.

To support Saige’s message of preserving arts programs in U.S. schools, American Girl is sponsoring a school grant contest and partnering with Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. American Girl’s “Shine On Now” charitable initiative will provide financial support to the organization’s Arts Education Program, which provides arts education professionals with the information, materials, and resources they need to enrich student experiences with the arts.

The Saige collection is now available through American Girl’s catalogue at and at all American Girl retail locations. To learn more about the Saige contests and promotions, visit or American Girl’s Facebook page.