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Adolescence is always such an awkward time, and for years, American Girl has been helping girls and their parents to navigate those choppy waters. Now, American Girl is reaching out to boys and their parents, offering  advice in a new book, Guy Stuff: The Body Book for BoysWritten by Dr. Cara Natterson, board-certified pediatrician and author of American Girl's famous The Care and Keeping of YouThe Body Book for Girls series, this new book is geared toward boys ages 8+, and aims to help them prepare for body changes in the years ahead. This new book covers everything from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to shaving, acne to voice cracking, pubic changes to moodiness, peer pressure to bullying, and more.

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One of the hottest new toys of 2017 here at Rock Father HQ is the latest American Girl - Girl of the Year (GOTY), Gabriella McBride. For the first time ever, the folks at Mattel revealed that their GOTY would remain available for the foreseeable future, and that change in routine was just the first move in what's shaping up to be a very big year. Ahead of Toy Fair getting started in New York this weekend, news has come down that American Girl will be introducing "a new series of contemporary characters and stories designed to speak to even more girls' interests, backgrounds, and experiences." It begins very soon - February 16 with the release of Tenney Grant, "a rising star in the Nashville music scene," and her drummer - American Girl's first-ever boy character, Logan Everett.

As I type this, right now, at this very moment, my wife and our girls (The Rock Daughters™) are having a "girl's day out" with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. They're at American Girl Place in Chicago for lunch today, so it's impeccable timing that Mattel just sent over the official details on the 2017 Girl of the Year doll from American Girl - Gabriela McBride. Gabby is described as "a true creative talent who uses the power of poetry to help her break down barriers and overcome a personal challenge with stuttering." See the full details on this great new doll from the official announcement below!

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Just as school's getting out, a new adventure is coming home for summer... AMERICAN GIRL: LEA TO THE RESCUE positions American Girl's 2016 Girl of the Year, Lea Clark as the company's first-ever action hero in a cinematic sequel to the original book series. The movie makes its debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand on June 14th, 2016, arriving on Digital HD two weeks early - May 31st -  from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. 

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It's January 1st, 2016, and that means it's time to debut American Girl’s 2016 Girl of the Year, Lea Clark. Lea is described as "a talented photographer with a love for animals, who discovers a wide world of possibilities when she embarks on a faraway adventure to Brazil." As always, the Girl of the Year is only available for 12 months, and Lea’s collection includes the 18" Lea doll featuring long wavy hair and warm hazel eyes, plus several tropical-inspired outfits, accessories, and toys that reflect her Brazilian travels—including Lea’s Rainforest House with over 30 pieces and accessories. This summer, Lea will be the subject of an all-new, action-adventure film, arriving on DVD via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Check out an assortment of photos and the full details on American Girl's Lea Clark launch below!

For nearly 30 years, AMERICAN GIRL has been the premiere line of 18" Dolls that kids want to have. Our girls' path has been one traveled by many others, starting with the 15" Bitty Baby collection geared toward kids 3+ (Addie has had one since 2013, and we just bought Finn her first at Mall of America this summer) and moving toward the larger dolls with more detailed backstories. Aside from being beautifully-detailed and built to be a lifelong companion, American Girl Dolls can teach, and the relaunched Historical line, now called BeForever, features a full assortment of dolls, accessories and books that delve into important eras throughout history. For 2015, American Girl released a doll based in a decade long-requested by fans and families - the 1950s - with the debut of Maryellen Larkin (previewed here), who is a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

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