Saturday, January 19, 2013


"This January, American Girl®, an age-appropriate alternative to teen magazines, celebrates 20 great years of inspiring, motivating, and encouraging girls to dream big dreams. “From the start, American Girl has always been about celebrating our readers,” says Barbara Stretchberry, executive editor of American Girl.  “We’re excited about turning 20 and look forward to a whole year full of birthday surprises for our readers!”

The January/February 2013 issue kicks off the magazine’s yearlong birthday celebration with a special Cover Contest. Girls ages 8 to 13 can enter to win a chance to appear on the cover of the 2013 Best of AG special issue of American Girl. The contest centers on friendship, and to enter, two girls can submit the story of their unique friendship. One pair of friends will be selected to appear on the cover. Entries must be postmarked by February 28, 2013. For more information, visit beginning January 1, 2013.

In keeping with the birthday theme, the January/February issue also features fun party ideas like creating your own party by mixing and matching our tips, ideas for frosting a cake, and true birthday tales from American Girl readers. As a salute to the past 20 years, the magazine includes fun facts about American Girl and its readers, a “Then and Now” section that looks back at how girls’ lives have changed over the past two decades. In addition, the issue includes all of the American Girl favorites from stories of real girls to advice for girls’ biggest “Help!” questions.

In a culture that often pressures girls to grow up too quickly, American Girl remains committed to serving the developing interests of girls by affirming their self-esteem, celebrating their achievements, and fostering their creativity. And, with over 1,000,000 pieces of reader mail received since 1993, the magazine has proven itself a valued forum of advice and entertainment for its readers.  As one former subscriber writes, “I am 19 years old, but I was a HUGE American Girl fan when I was younger. The magazine was a significant, inspirational part of my childhood that showed me how to become a confident young woman. Now that I’m older, I am using that confidence to follow my dreams.”

American Girl magazine is available nationally in retail bookstores and on newsstands, as well as by subscription through the American Girl catalogue. Call 1-800-234-1278 for subscription information."

Disclosure: I was sent a sample issue of this magazine from the folks at American Girl.  

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