These last few weeks we’ve been getting to know a new friend, and are so excited to introduce you to her. Meet American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year (GOTY) Gabriela McBride. She is a quiet and creative girl who has learned to use her creativity to overcome obstacles in her life.
Many thanks to American Girl for partnering with About a Mom, and sending Gabriela to us.
The minute I saw Gabriela I knew she was the perfect doll for Tati. They have a lot in common. Both have beautiful, curly dark-brown hair and warm brown eyes. Gabriela likes to wear the color purple and has a fun, sporty look just like Tati.
Gabriela arrives in a cropped purple sweater and soft turquoise tank top, plus jeggings, underwear, and shoes. Also included are a pink double headband, 10 hairbands, and the Gabriela paperback book by Teresa E. Harris. I’ll tell you more about the book in a moment. It is the first of three.
There are some similar personality traits too. Gabriela McBride is a quiet and creative girl growing up in a family of artists. In her story, Gabriela struggles with stuttering, but uses the power of poetry to find her voice and gain the confidence to make a difference in her community.
Gabriela’s story has already been so empowering for Tati, and I am sure many other girls.
As told in a series of three books published by Scholastic and written by Teresa E. Harris, Gabriela inherited a love of the arts from her parents, especially her mother, but spoken word poetry is becoming her own passion. Although Gabriela often finds herself in a battle with her own words because of her stuttering, she discovers that her poetry, filled with wit and honesty, helps her speech flow more easily and gives her the confidence to find her voice to help save her beloved community arts center from being torn down.
It is so nice to see her play with Gabriela, and care for her. Tucking her into bed at night and getting her dressed to go shopping with us or even out to dinner. They are the best of friends.
We currently have the doll and the first book, and look forward to adding some additional outfits and accessories. Gabriela also comes with several performance-inspired outfits and accessories, including a dance barre, rehearsal and dance outfits, plus pretend headphones and a microphone. Additional Gabriela products and books will be available starting in spring 2017, and—for the first time—the new Girl of the Year collection will be available for a full 12 months and beyond.
The Gabriela McBride collection is available through American Girl’s catalogue at americangirl.com and at all American Girl retail locations nationwide.
There is also some fun Gabriela online play available! Girls can visit the Gabby-dedicated site at americangirl.com/girloftheyear for free book excerpts, videos, activities, wallpaper and e-cards, and much more.
American Girl Partners with Scholastic for New Curriculum
To connect both boys and girls with Gabby’s inspiring message, American Girl is partnering with Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and leader in comprehensive educational materials, to create and distribute Express Yourself, a custom curriculum program that teaches 3rd-5th grade students how to use poetry as a tool for self-expression. The free materials will be available on www.scholastic.com starting March 1, 2017, and include teacher lessons and corresponding classroom activities, a poetry poster, plus parent tips and learning ideas to do at home. In addition, to celebrate National Poetry Month, the program also features a poetry contest for students that will run throughout the month of April. The Express Yourself program will encourage all students to find their creative voices and share their own personal stories, while building confidence along the way.