Ever since first introducing Quincy to American Girl a few years ago, I eagerly await for a special email introducing me the new American Girl for the next year. I can’t tell you how excited I am that it’s Lea Clark!
And she’s simply adorable! Look at her long wavy hair and warm hazel eyes!
Our new 2016 Girl of the Year is a talented photographer with an adventurous spirit. In her story, Lea discovers a wide world of possibilities when she embarks on a faraway adventure to Brazil. I’ve always wanted to go to Brazil, think she’ll let me join her on an adventure?
Lea has really fun accessories and clothes inspired by her Brazilian travels that include a camera of course and her rainforest house promises hours of play!! I know Quincy is going to love her pajamas – perfect for summer!
I’m also really excited to share Lea’s stories with Quincy. I’ve really enjoyed the stories that come with the American Girl dolls.
Written by award-winning author Lisa Yee, the 2016 Girl of the Year books—Lea Dives In, Lea Leads the Way, and Lea and Camila—introduce girls to a curious ten-year-old girl with an adventurous spirit. On a family trip to Brazil to visit her older brother, Zac, who is studying the Amazon rainforest, Lea is excited to capture everything she sees with her camera. Soon Lea makes some incredible discoveries, but she also faces unexpected challenges, including a fear of the ocean, tension with Zac, and finding a baby sloth that has been gravely injured. With the help of her family, her new Brazilian friend, Camila, and her late grandmother’s guiding inspiration, Lea finds the inner strength and confidence to live her new adventures to the fullest.
Giving Back with Lea
To show girls that, together, they can make a difference in helping protect animals and their habitats, American Girl has created Wild at Art, a year-long fund-raising campaign in support of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Starting January 1, American Girl is encouraging girls to use their artistic abilities to host an art sale and donate the proceeds to WWF. To launch the campaign, American Girl has made a $50,000 donation to WWF and also invites customers to contribute at American Girl retail stores and americangirl.com. Parents can visit americangirl.com/wildatart to learn more and register for Wild at Art, plus get animal-themed craft ideas, and be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win one of 17 Lea prize packages.
In addition, from January 1 through December 31, 2016, for every purchase of one of the three plush animals in Lea’s collection—the margay, sea turtle, or sloth—American Girl will donate $1 (up to a maximum of $100,000) to WWF.
The Lea collection is available on January 1 through American Girl’s catalogue and at americangirl.com
Live near an American Girl store? Don’t miss the Girl of the Year 2016 Debut Event
January 1: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
January 2: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
January 3: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New friends are so much fun to find—and it’s almost time to meet the 2016 Girl of the Year®! Who will she be? You’ll find out soon. Bring your girl to the store for an exciting welcoming party that includes awesome activities, colorful crafts, great giveaways, and more.