Sunday, February 17, 2013

American Girl Introduces New Body Book for Girls!

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Over the past 20 years, American Girl has been a leader in providing top advice books geared for girls ages 8 and up, including the bestselling title, The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls. With more than 3 million copies sold since it was first introduced in 1998, the original Body Book has become the trusted, go-to resource for parents and healthcare professionals to help girls understand what's happening to their bodies during puberty. Now, starting where the original left off, American Girl is introducing The Care & Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls, which dives deeper into the physical and emotional changes of girls ages 10 and up and provides thoughtful, age-appropriate advice on how to take care of themselves from head-to-toe as they grow and develop.
Written by Cara Natterson, M.D., a board-certified pediatrician and author of several books on children's health and safety, The Care & Keeping of You 2 provides girls with even more information about their changing bodies, from the keys to healthy growth and hygiene basics to an in-depth look at the physical transformations girls face during puberty. Girls will also learn how to deal with the range of emotions they're experiencing in a constructive way, while also getting the tools they need to build their confidence and adopt positive self-images. And, most importantly, The Care & Keeping of You 2 guides girls on how to talk to their parents or other trusted adults about their questions and worries about growing up.
Parents looking for additional information on The Care & Keeping of You 2 can visit American Girl's website, where they'll find an author interview with Dr. Natterson and conversation starters to help them talk to their daughters about the topics raised in the book.
Visitors to can also explore the other titles in the Care & Keeping of You family of books, including the original Care & Keeping of You and The Feelings Book, which have been expanded with new content and illustrations to make them even more relevant for today's girls.
This January, American Girl®, an age-appropriate alternative to teen magazines, celebrates 20 great years of inspiring, motivating, and encouraging girls to dream big dreams. "From the start, American Girl has always been about celebrating our readers," says Barbara Stretchberry, executive editor of American Girl. "We're excited about turning 20 and look forward to a whole year full of birthday surprises for our readers!"
The January/February 2013 issue kicks off the magazine's yearlong birthday celebration with a special Cover Contest. Girls ages 8 to 13 can enter to win a chance to appear on the cover of the 2013 Best of AG special issue of American Girl. The contest centers on friendship, and to enter, two girls can submit the story of their unique friendship. One pair of friends will be selected to appear on the cover. Entries must be postmarked by February 28, 2013. For more information, visit
In keeping with the birthday theme, the January/February issue also features fun party ideas like creating your own party by mixing and matching our tips, ideas for frosting a cake, and true birthday tales from American Girl readers. As a salute to the past 20 years, the magazine includes fun facts about American Girl and its readers, a "Then and Now" section that looks back at how girls' lives have changed over the past two decades. In addition, the issue includes all of the American Girl favorites from stories of real girls to advice for girls' biggest "Help!" questions.
In a culture that often pressures girls to grow up too quickly, American Girl remains committed to serving the developing interests of girls by affirming their self-esteem, celebrating their achievements, and fostering their creativity. And, with over 1,000,000 pieces of reader mail received since 1993, the magazine has proven itself a valued forum of advice and entertainment for its readers. As one former subscriber writes, "I am 19 years old, but I was a HUGE American Girl fan when I was younger. The magazine was a significant, inspirational part of my childhood that showed me how to become a confident young woman. Now that I'm older, I am using that confidence to follow my dreams."
On January 1, 2013, girls everywhere will be inspired by Saige Copeland, American Girl's 2013 Girl of the Year®. Saige is a spirited and imaginative young girl who loves painting and horseback riding at her grandma's ranch in Albuquerque, New Mexico—the hot-air balloon capital of the world. When budget cuts take away art class at school and a horse she loves might be sold, Saige draws on her talents, mobilizes others, and takes action to improve the world around her. Saige's collection is available for one year; the character comes to life with a beautiful 18-inch Saige™ doll featuring long auburn hair and an array of outfits and accessories, including a hot-air balloon and a posable horse. And, to extend the fun for girls, a new movie based on Saige's stories will premiere in 2013 on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The 2013 Girl of the Year books, Saige and Saige Paints the Sky, written by Jessie Haas, introduce readers to a nine-year-old girl who sees life as an open canvas waiting to be filled with what inspires her most—art and horses. When these creative outlets become threatened, she's driven to action. With a little imagination, confidence, and determination, Saige brings her family and friends together to raise money for an after-school arts program. The nonfiction section in the back of the Saige books features real girls who, like Saige, overcome obstacles and use their talents to make a difference in their communities.
To support Saige's message of preserving arts programs in U.S. schools, American Girl is sponsoring a school grant contest and partnering with Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. American Girl's "Shine On Now" charitable initiative will provide financial support to the organization's Arts Education Program, which provides arts education professionals with the information, materials, and resources they need to enrich student experiences with the arts.
To further engage girls, American Girl is introducing the following Saige-related initiatives:
  • Elevate the Arts School Grant Contest: Starting January 1, elementary art teachers can enter to win one of thirteen grants totaling $45,000 for their schools' art programs by submitting a digital image of a hot-air-balloon-themed art project and a written essay that conveys why the arts matter in their schools. Entries must be received via the online form by May 31, 2013.
  • Soar with Saige Sweepstakes: Girls can share their artistic talents by downloading a hot-air balloon template and creating a colorful design using crayons, markers, or pencils. All balloon artwork sent to American Girl by April 1, 2013, will be uploaded to an online hot-air balloon mosaic and automatically entered to win one of ten prize packages.
  • Saige Learning Guide: American Girl has teamed up with Americans for the Arts to create this free, downloadable curriculum, which encourages children to draw on their imaginations and discover how creative they can be. Students in grades 3 to 6 will enjoy reading Saige's stories and doing the fun art activities outlined in this curriculum. Activities for parents to engage in with their kids are also available via Americans for the Arts' website:
  • Saige Retail Events: Starting on January 1, girls can take part in Saige-themed events at American Girl retail stores nationwide, including painting demonstrations, free craft activities, photo opportunities, and delicious Saige-inspired meals.
  • and to contact AG,
  • and about ag,
  • American Girl Brands is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, (NASDAQ:MAT,, the world's leading toy company. Since American Girl's inception in 1986, the company has devoted its entire business to celebrating the potential of girls ages 3 to 12. American Girl encourages girls to dream, to grow, to aspire, to create, and to imagine through a wide range of engaging and insightful books, age-appropriate and educational products, and unforgettable experiences. In meeting its mission with a vigilant eye toward quality and service, American Girl has earned the loyal following of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators. To learn more about American Girl or to request a free catalogue, call  800-845-0005, or visit
  • Sorry this was so long!!!
  • That;s it AG fans!
  • Ciao, Lydia

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