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American Girl of the Year: Gabriela McBride

The New Year is here which means a new American Girl of the Year is revealed! I am always so excited to see who will be the Girl of the Year. Gabriela McBride is this years Girl of the Year.

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Meet Gabriela McBride, American Girl of the year 2017!

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Gabriela is a true creative talent who uses the power of poetry to help her break down barriers and overcome a personal challenge with stuttering. Gabriela has warm brown eyes, curly dark brown hair, and wears an adorable outfit. The doll has comes with a book chronicling her life.

The first book Gabriela, hits shelves in January and tells the story of a quiet and creative girl growing up in a family of artists. 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.

For the first time—the new Girl of the Year collection will be available for a full 12 months and beyond! Gabriela will have 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

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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 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.

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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.

To learn more about Gabriela and the Girl of the Year line, go to, Facebook at, Twitter at, Pinterest at, and American Girl’s Instagram page at

Disclosure: I was provided with an American Girl doll in exchange for this post. All opinions stated here are my own. Post may contain affiliate links.

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  • Reply Julie Wood

    My daughter would go crazy over getting the New American girl doll. This doll Gabriela is so pretty and fun to play with!

    January 26, 2017 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Tamra Phelps

    She’s so cute! As a kid, I wanted every new doll that came out, so I’m sure my Mom is glad American Girl dolls weren’t around then, lol.

    January 27, 2017 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply Laurajj

    Oh she is so wonderful! She will help so many little girls who stutter. My niece has had some speech therapy and would love her!

    January 31, 2017 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Karen Glatt

    This new American Doll is gorgeous and really a great gift to give my niece for her Birthday!

    February 2, 2017 at 10:20 am
  • Reply xero login

    this girl is awesome

    February 5, 2017 at 9:02 pm
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