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The WellieWishers are a line of all-vinyl dolls released by American Girl in June 2016. The line is named after wellies, a term for Wellington boots/rubber rain boots that was popularized in the United Kingdom. They are, as a line, designated to cover the span of elementary-aged children five and up who may be too young for handling the mainline 18" dolls, but feel too mature for the preschool style clothing and infant focus of the Bitty Baby line.


The line has five main characters: Willa, Kendall, Ashlyn, Emerson, and Camille. They are all characterized as young girls of about early elementary age (5-7) who meet together in a backyard garden (supervised by Aunt Miranda, who is Willa's aunt) to play with each other. While they each have unique personalities and interests, they play together freely and enjoy each other's company; the line characterizes them as all wanting the same overall goal of being a good friend and taking a step in each other's "wellies" to understand each other.

The group of WellieWishers dolls. Left to Right: Emerson, Ashlyn, Willa, Kendall, and Camille.

Doll Anatomy

The WellieWishers dolls are a mix of vinyl and plastic, with vinyl limbs and head and harder plastic torsos. At fourteen and a half inches tall (14.5"), their overall shape is smaller than standard sized American Girl Dolls. They have fixed set plastic eyes with no lashes (though lashes and eyebrows are painted on) and wigged Kaneklon hair. The face molds, like most of the 18" dolls, have two visible front teeth; the face molds vary slightly, but are overall designed to resemble a young early elementary school aged child. Ears are visible. The heads turn on the neck but do not tilt dramatically, and the arms and legs are set to the torso on rotating flange joints; the arms and legs are slightly poseable but not to the strung-style degree of the 18" dolls. The plastic torso has a molded navel, slight torso shaping with a waistline, and molded skin-tone underpants with the WellieWishers "W" logo over the right hip. The hands have small unpainted fingernails and the feet have unpainted toenails.

Each doll comes in a meet-style outfit consisting of a short sleeved tee, gathered-waist skirt, pink knit panties, and rubber/plastic wellies that are slit up the back to facilitate removal. The wellies are also lined inside to prevent staining doll's legs.

Outfits and Accessories

See List of WellieWishers Outfits; List of WellieWishers Accessories and Furniture; List of Children's WellieWishers Items

The characters overall share items, clothing, and accessories; most accessories and items are not titled by character name, though it appears that several items are strongly associated with a particular character. Others are intended by design to help flesh out the world and serve as playsets for all the characters. Outfits frequently come with solid plastic shoes.

Starting in 2018, WellieWisher dolls may have their ears pierced. The posts are the same size as 18" doll earrings, and the Bright Blooms Earring Set are the default earrings.

Matching children's items were released at launch with outfits similar to the standard outfits for the main five characters. The boots were modified into socks sold as a five-pair set, the WellieWishers Sock Set; a pair of see-through wellies, the Peek-A-Boo Wellies, were sold alongside.

Unique child sized items for the line continue to be released, including a charm bracelet with additional charms sold separately, Carrot-themed items, and other matching outfits.


The books are written by Valerie Tripp and illustrated by Thui Tai. These are short-chapter books with full illustrations.

The first three books were released in late summer 2016, with the next set in late winter 2017; books continue to be released. The books started to be sold as discounted box sets starting in 2017, with the first three books and the second three books grouped together.

Other books by Scholastic include:

Animated Series

An animated series based on the WellieWishers debuted on Amazon Video in October 2016, with each episode averaging a run time of 10-11 minutes. The series is free for Amazon Prime members to watch, while non-Prime members can purchase an individual episode at $1.99 in standard-definition format, or $2.99 for high-definition formats.

The series can be seen on Tiny Pop in the UK.

Starting in Sept 2019, the episodes became available for free viewing on the WellieWishers YouTube channel.


  • The Bothersome Bird[1]
  • Little Tree
  • Snow-flaking
  • Copy Cat
  • Butterfly Ballet
  • Glowing in the Dark
  • I Do, You Do, Hair Do
  • Now You See It, Now You Don't
  • It Takes Two to See-Saw
  • Coloriffic Scavenger Hunt
  • Ashlyn's Tall Tale
  • Anything For a Laugh
  • The Rainmakers
  • Kendall Rules The Roost
  • All Time Favorites
  • Out of Line
  • Camille's Poem
  • Honking In A Winter Wonderland
  • All's Wellie That Ends Wellie
  • Duck, Duck, Oops!
  • Truth Or Hare
  • Honey, I Spoiled The Bunny
  • Owie Zowie
  • The Party That Blew Away
  • Mighty Girl
  • The Importance of Being Ashlyn


The first free app was made available exclusively for iOS devices soon after the line's release.

A freemium app entitled WellieWishers Garden Fun was released for both iOS and Android in Fall 2017. Developed by xcube Games, Garden Fun shares more or less the same basic premise as the previous game, but is distributed as a free-to-play app, with additional items and games to be purchased separately.

Promotional Images

Promotional image, from left to right, of Camille, Ashlyn, Emerson, Kendall, and Willa.[2]

See Also

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  1. This episode is free to watch on Amazon Video without a Prime account.
  2. This image shows the characters before the outfits were designed for the widespread line.
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