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Lanie Holland: American Girl of the Year 2010

Updated on October 11, 2011
Lanie with Lulu the bunnie.
Lanie with Lulu the bunnie.

American Girl’s new Girl of the Year

Lanie Holland is the Girl of the Year Doll for 2010. She made her debut on Friday, January 1st.

She is an 18" doll with curly blond hair and hazel eyes. Lanie comes dressed in a green and blue striped rugby dress, blue & white shoes, and blue headband. Accessories include a pretend laptop, embroidered messenger bag, charm bracelet, postcards and her pet bunny. Additional items available are a gardening outfit, butterfly outfit, nightgown, hammock, camper & gear, and wildlife friends.

There are two books (Lanie, and Lanie's Real Adventures, both written by Jane Kurtz) that tell her story. Her character is a 10 year old girl from Cambridge, Massachusetts who loves wildlife and the outdoors, but her family doesn't share her adventurous spirit.

When her aunt comes to stay at her house she finally has someone to explore her own backyard with. They plant a garden, create a butterfly habitat, bird watch and camp out in the yard.

Open the door and get outside!
Open the door and get outside!

A collaberation with the National Wildlife Federation

American Girl has paired up with the National Wildlife Federation in the making of this year's doll of the year. The message behind Lanie's character is to get families to go outdoors.

Kids today are spending far less time outside than any generation before them. The NWF is trying to change this with a campaign called "Be Out There" encouraging kids to play outside.

The National Wildlife Federation along with American Girl have created free classroom curriculum materials for teachers to use, as well as information available online for parents and children.

Encourage your children to play outside.

Educational games & toys from the National Wildlife Federation are perfect for kids to learn about nature!

Lanie’s Backyard Photo Contest

American Girl held a photo contest, asking girls to go outside and take photos of nature or wildlife. The contest ended Monday, March 15.

Girls had to take a photo of 5 different items from the list they provided.
They also had to write a "nature note" up to 1000 characters finishing the statement "I am inspired by nature when..."

5 grand-prize winners won a Lanie Doll Collection and 20 first-prize winners received a Lanie doll and book, valued at $95.

Past Lanie Special Events

Lanie’s Nature Activity Day

Girl of the Year Butterfly Tour

Girl of the Year Nature Notebook Activity

Girl of the Year Flower Bookmark Activity

Girl of the Year 2010: Lanie’s Celebration

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      Emma 5 years ago

      She is so cute

      Thank you American girl

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      K Partin 8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Interesting and well written. Do get into Marie Osmund dolls? Thanks for sharing and welcome to HP have fun and enjoy. K.

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      Ohma 8 years ago

      Nice Hub.

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      Janet21 8 years ago from New York

      Great first hub! :)

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      Mikel G Roberts 8 years ago from The Heartland

      Your a hubbing pro! Nicely Done.

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      Zac828 8 years ago from England

      Welcome, really good and informative hub. In the Uk we have a similar problem with children playing outside or just generally enjoying the outdoors. Thanks and good luck.

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      Ken R. Abell 8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Very informative & well written. Welcome to HubPages & I hope you have a wonderful journey. Peace & blessings to you.

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      cosette 8 years ago

      love these dolls. good hub!

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      WayneAnsell 8 years ago

      I saw your post in the forum. This is a very well written hub. Also well constructed. Welcome and good luck on hubpages!