Just in time to encourage your kids to make healthy decisions in the New Year comes a new American Girl doll! Meet Blaire Wilson, the American Girl of the Year 2019—and she’s all about promoting mealtime togetherness.

Food is something that we all enjoy in one form or another—and it can also be an integral part of what binds loved ones together. Family discussions over the dinner table can help strengthen connections, but in today’s fast-paced times of digital immediacy, those important conversations can get pushed aside for screen time. Blaire wants to change that by helping families reconnect over mealtime.

“We’re proud to introduce fans to our 2019 Girl of the Year, Blaire Wilson—an everyday girl who thrives on using her many talents to make meaningful connections with others,” Julia Prohaska, Vice President of Marketing for American Girl, said in a press release.

Blaire is a young chef-in-training who loves cooking and concocting recipes at her family’s sustainable farm and bed-and-breakfast in upstate New York. Faced with the challenges of a newly diagnosed food sensitivity, and being self-conscious among other things, Blaire often finds herself staring at a device instead of engaging with others.

She soon learns to find a healthy balance between exploring the real world and the digital one, however, and the hope is that her young fans will do the same.

Featuring green eyes and red curly hair, the latest American Girl doll has a plethora of clothing and accessories to help kids bring her story to life at home. The Blaire collection, which includes items from Pleasant View Farm and Blaire’s Family Farm Restaurant, is available online and in stores now.

Her collection also includes two new books: Blaire and Blaire Cooks Up a Plan. Each book retails for $7.99 and is available in both paperback and Kindle editions.

Prohaska continued, “Building and maintaining supportive relationships with family and friends is central to Blaire’s story—a message we think is important to champion among girls today. In an age where families are often striving for quality time together, we hope Blaire inspires everyone to make a New Year’s resolution to connect more regularly with the important people in their lives and make their time together this year really count.”

Now that is a resolution we can definitely get behind!

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

All photos: Courtesy of American Girl

 

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