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American Girl official debuted Grace and some of her collection on Good Morning America this morning. 

American Girl GOTY 2015 Grace Thomas

Here is the link to the video of Grace’s big reveal: https://gma.yahoo.com/video/american-girl-doll-reveals-2015-130835684.html

If you are going to the American Girl store January 1-3, they are going to be giving each girl a doll-sized apron as a souvenir.

Grace’s full collection has shown up in various places online, but here is a link to the images on Pinterest. We will be going to the American Girl Store on New Year’s Day for her debut and will take our own photos to share with you of the new American Girl GOTY 2015 then. What do you think of Grace and her collection so far?

The American Girl GOTY 2015 Grace Mini Doll that is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.

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American Girl has finally announced three upcoming store events for January involving the 2015 Girl of the Year doll:

Introducing Girl of the Year® 2015 – Don’t miss the unveiling of our 2015 Girl of the Year® doll! This event includes fun activities, crafts, exciting giveaways, and more. Be among the first to welcome this special contemporary character! Free and open to the public. For girls ages 8 and up

Girl of the Year® 2015 Travel Tags – Your girl can join the fun for free! She’ll create a delightful paper craft to keep or share—inspired by our upcoming Girl of the Year® doll. Available in 2015. Free and open to the public. For girls ages 8 and up. 

Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration with Girl of the Year® 2015 – Celebrate the arrival of our next Girl of the Year® with in-store fun! Your girl will get crafts to decorate and tasty treats, too—all inspired by next year’s contemporary character. Available in 2015. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.

According to the Library of Congress’s online catalog, GOTY 2015 will be named Grace.

The book summaries according to Amazon:

American Girl Grace Cover

Girl of the Year 2015 Book 1 – Grace by Mary Casanova, illustrated by Sarah Davis

Nine-year-old Grace is always thinking up big ideas, like starting a business with her friends over the summer! When Mom announces a trip to Paris instead, Grace gets on board, but it quickly seems as if none of her plans are working out the way she’d hoped. She and her French cousin aren’t getting along, and Grace’s friends back home have started a business without her. Can she find the courage to stay open to new ideas and turn the summer around?

American Girl Grace Cover

Girl of the Year 2015 Book 2 – by Mary Casanova, illustrated by Sarah Davis

Back home in Massachusetts, GOTY is excited to start a new French baking business with her friends, and to have an adorable new dog to train, too! But she quickly learns that both the business and the dog are big responsibilities, especially when her energetic pup has difficulty adjusting to her new home. GOTY does her best to give her pet what she needs to be happy. Can she also help her friends blend their unique talents, and whip up a recipe for a successful business?

Girl of the Year 2015 Book 3 – When GOTY learns that her grandparents’ bakery might be closing after 30 years, she’s crushed. She can’t imagine her life (or her hometown) without the bakery. And how can her own business survive if the one that inspired her cannot? GOTY wonders if she and her friends can find a way to help the bakery using their talents and newfound business skills. Can three girls really make a difference? GOTY is determined to try.

While we don’t have a lot of information, we do know the movie has been cast and is being filmed and the basic premise of her story is that she needs to help her grandparents save their ice cream shop business. Stay tuned for new info.
 
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So, it’s still VERY early in the year and we are still having fun with the American Girl of the Year 2014 – Isabelle, but we always seem to want to know what is coming next! While there is nothing OFFICIAL from American Girl about the GOTY 2015 yet (and there won’t be for quite a while), a few clues are starting to emerge.

As American Girl has done with the past few GOTY characters, the 2015 GOTY will have a movie. When you make a movie, you have to cast that movie and that requires AUDITIONS! Thanks to some great sleuthing from Rhonda and Bee, they have found some information on the casting calls and even some of the audition videos.

According to the information Rhonda has collected from Backstage.com, IMDB, and the audition videos, the GOTY has a CODE NAME (note, this will NOT be her real name) of Coco and they will begin filming in Budapest in July. “Coco” has two friends – Maddy who is an artist and Ella is a math whiz. They need to help Coco’s grandparents save their ice cream shop business. Again, this is what was released for the purposes of the film AUDITION.

As we get more information, we will share it – but only after we can confirm it using publicly shared links like these. The next thing I expect we will see are the book titles (or their placeholders) showing up on Amazon and other book seller web sites. It will be a few more months before any photos of the GOTY 2015 come out.

In the meantime, enjoy Isabelle! Her movie will be out this summer and whether you think it is going to be awesome or so-so, enjoy it and be thankful that American Girl and other doll companies are investing the time and money to extend doll play and provide girl-friendly books and movies.