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Meet McKenna – American Girl’s 2012 Girl of the Year!

By now you all know how much I love American Girl and how much my daughter’s do too. They both love to play with their dolls and Samantha loves to read the books.

When we received the book Meet McKenna last month Samantha dug right in and read the book. She was fascinated with McKenna and loved her story.

McKenna is the 2012 Girl of the Year. A determined, energetic girl who loves gymnastics, McKenna shines on the balance beam, but when she falls behind in school, she must use her strengths to turn challenges into triumphs. Through McKenna, girls will discover the power of believing in yourself and your potential to achieve great things.

Available for one year, McKenna will launch with two books that tell her story; a beautiful 18-inch McKenna doll featuring long, caramel-colored hair and blue eyes; and an array of outfits and accessories that bring her world to life. And, extending the fun for girls, an all-new movie based on McKenna’s stories will premiere on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in 2012.

To explore their own special talents, girls can participate in the McKenna’s Take the Challenge! strength-finding quiz at Upon completion of the quiz, girls will discover their top three strengths out of a possible eight categories, such as Music & Rhythm, Math & Numbers, and Nature & Animals. After completing ten fun offline challenges that correspond to a particular strength category, girls will receive a trophy. And for each trophy earned, American Girl will donate 25¢ (up to $50,000) to Save the Children’s U.S. Literacy Program.

American Girl is also introducing a companion book to the McKenna series, Take the Challenge: Crazy Challenges and Silly Thrills to Explore Your Talents and Everyday Skills. The non-fiction activity book is filled with more than 100 challenges, including brain-building games, timed tasks, crafts, and quizzes, to help girls improve their skills and boost their self-confidence.

Starting on January 1, 2012, the McKenna doll, books, and accessories will be available for one year or while supplies last through American Girl’s catalogue, at, and at all American Girl retail locations.

*We received a copy of the book and Doll from American Girl.

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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.


  1. I venture to say she is the the prettiest doll from all the American Girls collection! Her hair is like spun gold! My grand daughter would so like one but mom and dad have not been able to get her one yet and neither can we. She would be my choice to gift though! And a great message as well!

    1. Susan, Just wait! My girls adore American girl as much as I did growing up! What you will love is that the stories that go along with the dolls have great moral values and are about girls overcoming fears/obstacles in their lives. The books show courage, strength and for girls to be themselves!

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