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Isabelle Palmer: American Girl of the Year 2014

Updated on February 9, 2014

American Girl’s new Girl of the Year

Isabelle Palmer is the Girl of the Year Doll for 2014. She made her official debut on Wednesday, January 1st.

She is an 18" doll with straight blond hair, pink ombre hair extensions, and hazel eyes. Isabelle comes dressed in an asymmetrical pink short sleeve top with a ballerina graphic print, grey capri pants, and gold glitter flats. Accessories include a black jacket, gold glitter purse, pink arm warmers, flower hairpin, school ID, and metro pass.

There are three books that tell her story. Her character is a 10 year old dancer from Washington D.C. who loves fashion design.

There will also be an Isabelle movie.


It's already the end of December and photos and details are still hard to come by. I've seen very fuzzy images of her pages the January 2014 catalog but that's all. This is quite different from last year when I had much more to show before the official January reveal.

Her collection looks to be very large, and there will be a lot of mix and match clothing pieces. As you'd expect, her furniture and accessories are dance and fashion design related. Notable items include a dance barre, sewing machine, and armoire. She also has a white kitten named Tutu. You can see some of them in the video below.

I expect the 3 book covers to be posted soon. I'll share them here when I find them.
Update: Well, we had to wait until January first, but we can finally see the cover art.

Isabelle's Collection Sneak Peak

Book 1: Isabelle

Author: Laurence Yep
Illustrator: Anna Kmet

Isabelle Palmer is starting her first year at the Anna Hart School of the Arts, the same school her older sister Jade attends.

This book comes with the Isabelle doll but can also be purchased separately.

Book 2: Designs by Isabelle

Author: Laurence Yep
Illustrator: Anna Kmet

Isabelle Palmer rehearses for The Nutcracker and uses her design skills to create costumes for some of the younger dancers.

Girl of the Year 2014 Book 2 is available at Barnes & Noble.

Book 3: To the Stars, Isabelle

Author: Laurence Yep
Illustrator: Anna Kmet

Isabelle Palmer is doing great at the Anna Hart School of the Arts and is invited by her dancing idol, Jackie Sanchez, to go on tour. Isabelle discovers who inspired Jackie to dance as a young girl and how she can inspire those around her.

Girl of the Year 2014 Book 3 is available at Barnes & Noble. had some teasers up for Isabelle. They added one video clue per day starting December 27th leading up to January 1st.

The first is a video message from her best friend Luisa.

There is also a little fashion game called Fashion Studio where you can dress up a model with pieces from Isabelle's wardrobe. You can look through her closet to find shirts, skirts, dresses, pants, shoes, and hair accessories.

American Girl 2014 Movie

Director: Vince Marcello
Writers: Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin

Isabelle Palmer is a lively 10 year-old girl who has a dream of being a professional ballet dancer, but she has a bit of stage fright when dancing. This performance anxiety prevents her from exhibiting her true talent.

Isabelle has an older sister who is considered the best ballet dancer in her school. Isabelle always feels like she is living and performing in the shadow of her sister. To complicate her life even more, Isabelle has a competitor named Renata who is the same age and dances with perfection. Renata criticizes Isabelle for small mistakes in her performances.

Erin Pitt as Isabelle
Grace Davidson as Jade
Devyn Nekoda as Luisa

The movie was filmed the summer of 2013 in Toronto.

2014 GOTY Event Overview

Girl of the Year 2014 Debut
Free event. January 1st, 2nd & 3rd at all 16 AG stores.
Demonstrations, crafts, giveaways, and more.

Girl of the Year 2014 Celebration
Ticket prices, dates, and times vary by store.
Includes a meal, activities, and an American Girl book.

Girl of the Year 2014 Craft

Free event. Dates, and times vary by store.
Make crafts inspired by the stories of the newest contemporary character.

Full write-ups of these events, dates, times, locations, and ticket prices can be found at

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