American Girl has debuted its 2015 Girl of the Year: Grace Thomas, an avid baker with an entrepreneurial spirit. Motivated to follow her dream of starting a baking business after an inspiring trip to Paris, Grace is available for only one year. Her collection includes an 18-inch Grace doll featuring long, dark-brown hair and sparkling blue eyes, plus several French-inspired outfits, accessories, and toys that reflect her interests, such as a premium French Bakery Set with more than 60 pieces.
The 2015 Girl of the Year books will be Grace, Grace Stirs It Up, and Grace Makes It Great, all written by Mary Casanova. They introduce girls to an inventive, enthusiastic nine-year-old girl who is full of big ideas. To bring Grace’s story to life, a full-length movie will debut on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment this summer.
To further Grace’s message that working together is the best recipe for success, American Girl has created For Goodness, Bake!, a year-long fund-raising initiative in support of No Kid Hungry, the campaign to end childhood hunger in America from Share Our Strength. American Girl is encouraging girls to host charity bake sales in their local communities and donate proceeds to No Kid Hungry. For every $1 a girl raises, No Kid Hungry can connect a child with ten additional meals.
Customers can also donate directly at americangirl.com and at American Girl retail stores, and parents can visit americangirl.com/girloftheyear to learn more.
Other Grace-related initiatives being held throughout the year include: In the Mix with Grace Online Journal, a weekly online travel and baking journal, located on americangirl.com/girloftheyear; Grace-themed French baking classes at Sur La Table locations nationwide; retail events; and more.
The Grace collection is now available through American Girl’s catalogue; at americangirl.com; at all American Girl retail locations nationwide; and at American Girl specialty boutiques within Canada’s Indigo Books & Music stores in Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa. The Grace books can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers.