July 21, 2021 / American Girl Sweet and Savory Treats Cookbook
A new cookbook, currently listed as American Girl Sweet and Savory Treats, will be released October 19, 2021 and focus on various recipes tied to the historical characters. No cover has been released yet.
While public health continues to improve it is not at levels for an in-person sale so the sale is going to be held online again this year. Furthermore, 2020 resulted in complete sell-outs of doll inventory and, while inventory continues to come in, inventory is going to be lower than in previous years. This will result in fewer tickets available and more restrictions on purchase limits. Finally, there is to be no shipping; the sale will be requiring item pick-up only in Middleton.
Tickets will go on sale on August 25th with random time lottery assignments, with the sale being held online and for one day only on September 25th. Shoppers will then collect their purchases using curbside pickup from the new warehouse location in Middleton, Wisconsin. Appointments will be assigned on weekends in October starting on the 9th and concluding on the 24th.
June 11th, 2021 / American Girl Virtual Summer FunFest in July
In July, American Girl will be holding a virtual Summer Funfest online as part of the 35th Anniversary celebrations. The event, which will be held July 10th and 11th, will include guests such as Magnolia Bakery, Connie Porter, Valerie Tripp, a HerStory panel, and trivia and movie nights.
Registration is free. More information and a schedule of events are available on the official website. (All times listed are EST.)
American Girl is partnering with Academic Travel Aboard for American Girl Vacations, themed trips focusing on American Girl characters and their lives. The first two vacation packages are scheduled for December 2021 and have limited spots available (a maximum of twenty-five people per group). Prices start at $4,595 per person and include accommodations, event costs, and at least one meal daily, but not airfare. The programs and trip will meet all COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Adults who are not accompanying children cannot attend; trips are intended and focus on children ages seven to twelve.
Lights! Camera! Action! Rebecca in New York: New York City from December 26-31, 2021 (six days), focusing on Rebecca Rubin and Jewish American/New York life/theater and movies in the early 20th Century. Activities include attending the NYC performance of the Nutcracker ballet, touring the Tenement Museum, visiting the Bialystocker Synagogue, sewing scarves with the discussion of mitzvah, and an after-hours tour of the Museum of the Moving Image. More Details.
Hawaiian Holiday with Nanea: Oahu, Hawaii from December 26, 2021 to January 1, 2022 (seven days), focusing on Nanea Mitchell and Hawaiian life/America's entry into World War Two in the mid 20th Century. Activities include visiting the USS Arizona memorial, a private tour of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, visiting the Royal Hawaiian hotel, learning hula dance and making a lei, a luau, volunteering at the Humane Society, and visiting the Bishop Museum. More Details.
More information on the trips are available at the website and FAQ.
June 4, 2021 / All New Bitty Baby and some Moddie Stuff
A new release majorly focusing on the Bitty Baby line has come out. Notably, the lower age for Bitty Baby items is now eighteen months. (Some items remain at three-plus.) Bitty Baby Dolls now come in a new meet outfit sleeper in three color styles: Pretty Pink, Soft Blue, or Cloud Gray. There is also the new option of Bitty Baby Twins; for a cost of $120 (standard costs per doll), purchasers may select two Bitty Baby dolls in any combination with their selection of sleepers.
Five books have been announced. Three are Step Into Reading - Step Three titles, which are books aimed at children in average US Grades 1-3/ages five to eight who are ready to start becoming solitary readers.
The bundles are intended to evoke the older styles of the characters at their original releases (in the case of Kirsten, there are almost no changes at all). A bundle includes the doll in the first released versions of their Meet Outfits, first styles of meet accessories, the first edition parchment style of meet books and an older-style box modified with visibility window and logo image on front. The first five also have the first edition thin-style eyebrows as opposed to newer-style feathered brows and all six have neck strings; the dolls come with a pamphlet about the 35th anniversary. Total cost for a collection is $150. Because of the designs replicating the first release looks and materials used in the process (while staying within US current toy regulations), the Special Edition dolls cannot be shipped outside of the US.
Kira Bailey loves animals a ton--she and her mother help foster kittens in her home state in Michigan. The Bailey Wildlife Sanctuary in Australia--currently owned by her two married great aunts, Lynette and Mamie--has been in Kira’s family since the 1800s and is located in Australia, where she spends the duration of her stories.
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The Violin and Stand is one of the longest lasting Truly Me accessories; it's been available since it was released in 1996. That's nearly twenty-five years!
The Portfolios of Pastimes included the option for a half- or full-year subscription--as well as a unique introduction kit with a craft apron.
Innerstar University was an interactive website focused on the Just Like You line that lasted from 2010 to 2015. Dolls came with codes to register full accounts for play, while accompanying game books offered a fourteen-day registration.