Online Newsletter #62

Summer/Autumn 2013

Bitty Baby Line Revamped

With its Fall releases, AG instituted some big changes in the popular Bitty Baby line. There are now 11 different Bitty Baby dolls to choose from, with more options for hair and eye color and skin tone. The books have also been completely re-done, with new titles like Bitty Baby the Brave, Pricess Bitty Baby, Bitty Baby Loves the Snow, Bitty Baby at the Ballet, and the new book that comes with the doll, Bitty Baby and Me. There are new outfits, plush stuffed animals, re-designed furniture, and more.

Girl of the Year 2014 Book Descriptions

Girl of the Year 2014 book descriptions are now up on The author is Laurence Yep, who has written for AG before. There will be three books about the Girl of the Year this time.

GOTY 2014 is excited about starting her first year at the Anna Hart School of the Arts! But she can't help comparing herself to her older sister, Jade, who attends the same school and is an amazing ballerina. GOTY 2014's other classmates are equally talented, and she starts wondering whether she really belongs at her new school. She earns a role in the fall festival, but she struggles during rehearsals. Can GOTY 2014 learn how to focus less on those around her and more on her own dancing? With help from her sister and her friends, GOTY 2014 may discover a unique talent that she can truly call her own.

As GOTY 2014 rehearses her ballet routine for The Nutcracker, she wonders if she'll ever master her pirouettes, especially with her classmate Renata pointing out her every mistake. She tries focusing on the other parts of the production she enjoys: exploring the costume and props room and helping out with costumes for some of the younger dancers. But when Jade, her big sister who also attends Anna Hart School of the Arts, becomes moody and withdrawn, GOTY 2014 taps into her design skills to try to find a solution for Jade. In the meantime, can GOTY 2014 find the confidence to tune out Renata and perfect her own performance, too?

GOTY 2014 is doing great at the Anna Hart School of the Arts--her dancing idol Jackie Sanchez even invites her to go on tour! GOTY 2014 jumps on board, but she quickly finds that the traveling show has its challenges, not the least of which is bossy Renata who was invited to come, too. When the dance show suddenly starts falling apart, GOTY 2014 tries to help Jackie pull it back together--and begins to learn more about a mentor who encouraged Jackie to dance as a young girl. As GOTY taps into her talents to try to save the show, she not only discovers who inspired Jackie, but also how she, herself, can inspire those around her.

Molly Retires

One of the beloved original historical American Girls, Molly McIntire, and her English friend Emily Bennett, will soon retire and join the American Girl archives. Her items are now only available while supplies last.

As a tribute to Molly, Emily, and Kirsten, The American Girl Fans Message Board has started a "forever home" for these dolls, where you can view old catalog pages, post photos, show your homemade items, and talk about these groundbreaking dolls and their collections. Molly's Forever Home is here and Kirsten's Cabin Home is here.

Lots of Summer and Fall Releases for MyAG

This summer and fall, AG released MANY new outfits and accessories for the MyAG line. Just some of these items include new school items, holiday outfits, winter accessories, spa/hairstyling accessories, new pajamas, gymnastics items, and many new outfits.

Additionally, Saige received a new outfit with a turquoise tunic and white pants, as well as a picnic set. A Saige mini doll is also now available.

Major League Baseball Giveaway this Saturday

Curt Danhauser reports on his American Girl collecting website that there will be a giveaway of doll-sized Chicago Cubs shirt and shorts sets to the first 4,000 girls age 13 and younger at the Cubs vs. Brewers game at Wrigley Field on September 7. On his Special Items Page, you can see that there have been many similar giveaways through the years.

On a personal note, in his first update in years, Curt posted this: "I have been away from this site for a while. The past thirteen months have been spent taking care of my wife who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2012. Sadly, she passed away on July 14th. I hope to update this site soon as my 13-year-old daughter, Chloe, and her friends have become much more involved with AG." I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt condolances to Curt and his family on the loss of their wife and mother.

Membership Stats

Here are the latest membership stats:

New members April-August: 8
Total members: 708

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