American Girl of the Year 2016 ~ Lea Clark

Posted on Dec 22 2015 – 3:57pm by Rudy

American Girl of the Year 2016 ~ Lea Clark

Book 1 – Lea Dives In: Girl of the Year 2016 is ten years old and ready to explore the whole world, just like her grandmother! But first she’ll start with a family trip to Brazil, where her big brother is studying the rainforest. Girl of the Year 2016 is really excited to see the ocean – and when she does, she realizes she’d rather take a picture of it than swim in it. Can she overcome her fear and dive in?
Then she meets a fun new friend who inspires her to embrace the thrills and beauty of Brazil. But when the fun turns to danger, she must find the courage to face adventure head on! Where will the next adventure take her?

As the year 2015 draws to a close the more excited we are becoming about American Girl of the Year 2016 ~ Lea Clark. We actually know quite a bit about her already!  She is going to be a fun one to craft for and we can’t wait to bring home her collection on January 1st!

Dawnisha was lucky enough to get Lea Clark early and she has graciously shared pictures with us to look at! Check them out below! She also did a review on her channel, so go check it out!

American Girl of the Year 2016 ~ Lea Clark Includes:

  • Doll
  • Book
  • Messenger Bag
  • Compass Necklace

Doll Features:

  • Tan skin
  • Hazel Eyes *on the greener side of hazel
  • Arched brows
  • Josephina Mold
  • Longer hair with curls
  • Side Part

*Bracelet NOT included*


Leave a comment with your thoughts!  Do you like her?  Love her?  Is there something specific you want to see in her collection? Tell us!

~Thanks Dawnisha! 

American Girl of the Year 2016 ~ Lea Clark was last modified: December 23rd, 2015 by Rudy

93 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Name June 3, 2016 at 9:31 am – Reply

    How much did rainforest house cost

  2. Name March 27, 2016 at 2:18 pm – Reply

    I bought Lea and I must say I really am pleased with the doll. Her hair is a very soft curl (almost a wave) after I brush it and it’s very easy to take care of. Her eyes are very pretty and her skin has a nice glow to it. I really like the compass and bag that she came with, they’re very cute and they come with the doll for free which is very nice! Her head is pretty hard to turn though. I really love the doll and her clothes aren’t terrible, the colors really pop. She does look like Rebecca but I my self don’t mind to much because of the slight differences that make Lea prettier to me. Overall Lea is a great doll and I definitely recommend her!

  3. Sophia February 23, 2016 at 2:44 pm – Reply

    This is absolutely ridiculous. MAKE A DISABLED GOTY OR ELSE!!!!!!

  4. Kitty February 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm – Reply

    Her eyes are such a beautiful color, I also love her hair color! I will save up for her and hopefully she’ll be my first GOTY! ?

  5. Jenny January 10, 2016 at 7:33 am – Reply

    I am reading people’s comments but I don’t understand why everyone keeps writing that their should be an African American doll or Asian doll. Their already is! Jess looks Asian and Addy is African. I am really hoping for a different culture like British or Italian doll, something new!

  6. Jenny January 9, 2016 at 9:29 am – Reply

    Now that I have seen Lea’s whole collection I think she is cool and pretty. Her outfits are so cute and look awesome. I love her hut and the fruit shack. She even has her earrings which are fab. I do still think she looks a lot like Rebecca and Kanani. Her story does seem similar to Jess’s and Kanani’s but I can’t wait to see the movie. Next year American Girl will hopefully create an Italian doll with an Italian name. She should have beautiful blue eyes and have shiny black hair. No more blondes please!

  7. Adriana January 6, 2016 at 7:42 pm – Reply

    Hey not trying to be rude but how much was her hole collection because I want to see if I can get her hole collection??????

  8. Caroline January 6, 2016 at 3:32 pm – Reply

    I think your channel is better than the American girl website and store

  9. Alysa January 4, 2016 at 10:12 pm – Reply

    I love leah clark she is swesome and her eyes is hazel eyes she is the most pretty

  10. Alysa January 4, 2016 at 10:10 pm – Reply

    Hi pls pick me i don’t have ag dolls i really wanT that doll we can’t buy cause iTs to much money

  11. Carena January 4, 2016 at 8:57 am – Reply

    I think she looks kinda like Kanani and Rebecca, which is awsome because both of the dolls are so amazingly pretty.

  12. LW15550 January 3, 2016 at 10:24 am – Reply

    I am wondering what historical year she represents. My daughter loves learning history through these dolls. Thanks so much.

  13. Melanie January 2, 2016 at 12:36 pm – Reply

    While I like the effort to support good causes, and the doll is very pretty, I’m not interested in the story line. The clothes and accessories are definitely cheesy. She seems very similar to other GOTY. My daughter thinks the beach hut is super cute, but I don’t think it’s worth the investment. That will be an easy thing to DIY. Except for Isabelle, I find the GOTY dolls in general to be quite suburban – in their interests as well as silly names. It would be more interesting if they showed some of the cultural diversity across this vast country the way the historical characters do. Maryellen is an interesting girl growing up in a very important time in American history. I’m really excited for the newest BeForever – I just saw her book available on the AG site. What about an Indian American doll? She would be so beautiful and the clothes would be simply divine. Can you imagine a lovely saree outfit?

  14. Joy January 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm – Reply

    First of all, I love the fact that she’s an environmentist and nature photographer. It’s important my girls and all girls to have dolls with a purpose of helping the world.

    I do feel like she looks like Rebecca-meets-Kanani and her story is a cross between Lanie and Kanani. To me, Lanie was coolest and most intelligent girl of the year doll, along with Grace. I must say I simply adore Leah’s compass necklace, passport, and messenger bag but her outfit and camera look awfully cheap to me. Her clothing, sans birder pajamas, make me cringe. My Housecleaner is Brazillian and she agreed with me about the dress and other clothing. Cheesey and cheap. Also we noticed the drawing on the book cover looks a decade older than a ten year old girl. She’s too “Victorias Secret perfect” and that’s quite annoying, but as a parent and collector, deters me from purchasing. As a customer that spends a lot yearly in AG stuff, not too happy. Her little shack house is adorable, especially with stove, parrot, and blue Moroho butterflies but bubblegum colors detract as they are more Barbie garish than Brazillian.

    Also, where is the Asian, Latino, or Black doll of the year???? I’d really like one! Also, it would be cool to have a Muslim-American doll or Indian-American doll. We need 1849 Gold Rush Era Asian historical doll. I think that would be awesome. She could be from Nevada and her father work in on the continental railroad. I think that would be awesome!

  15. Naomi January 1, 2016 at 7:11 am – Reply

    I was excited to see a brother doll in your pictures. Can you tell me where you got him? My little brother has the blond hair, brown eyed Bitty Twin, but he’d really like to get a similar 18″ doll. It would be awesome for AG to add a boy line! Thanks!!

  16. Sabrina January 1, 2016 at 6:47 am – Reply

    She is very pretty, but I own Grace and she has the Josefina mold, as well as Lea. Plus, I think american girl has to do a doll who likes singing like I do. If ag makes a doll like that, I’m totally buying it (unless its white). Even though, I would recommend this doll for your first doll since she has adventure, and likes photography. And really. Buy her. That’s business. I’m not saying you have too. Just I don’t need her.

  17. Gabby December 31, 2015 at 7:05 pm – Reply

    I’m so, so excited to get her! She looks very pretty! My first doll is Samantha. I’m so excited to play all Lea’s games on AG.

  18. Carla December 31, 2015 at 4:25 pm – Reply

    I love her. I am very new to hearing about American Girl. is she a limited??? if I don’t have time to go to down town Chicago to get her will she be available through out the year?? I want one for my granddaughter..

    • Rudy December 31, 2015 at 4:37 pm – Reply

      Hey Carla and welcome! Lea will be available the entire year of 2016. Some GOTY have sold out early, but you don’t have to worry about that until closer to the end of the year.

  19. amanda ellerby December 31, 2015 at 9:29 am – Reply

    where did u buy it

  20. Kyleigh December 31, 2015 at 7:31 am – Reply

    I think Lea is very pretty! Her story is a lot like my Grandma and me. We love adventures, especially at the ocean! I have Isabelle, Grace, Josephina, Julie, and Kit so I believe I can tell if it is a good ag doll… and I think Lea is spectacular! I hope I get Lea for my birthday!

  21. Jennifer Nicosia December 31, 2015 at 5:42 am – Reply

    I just saw her on GMA…
    Well done!
    Beautiful Island Girl
    Can’t wait to get one for my niece

  22. lindsey December 30, 2015 at 8:24 pm – Reply

    She looks exactly like Rebecca because of the hair

  23. lindsey December 30, 2015 at 8:22 pm – Reply

    I’m really excited for her! I love the name Lea and I like her gold and brownish hair and she is very pretty and I really like her skin color. I read other people’s comments and some don’t like her and I totally disagree.

  24. lindsey December 30, 2015 at 8:17 pm – Reply

    How much is she? I pretty sure that I’m buying her on January 1st

  25. Jiurnee December 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm – Reply

    Who long is it going to take until the girl of the year is black. American Girl it’s time to make a few more black dolls and a girl of the year that’s black for 2017. Who long must one wait???

  26. jean duncan December 30, 2015 at 6:00 am – Reply

    very cool

    • Rebekah December 31, 2015 at 7:56 am – Reply

      I think Lea will be a very cute doll. My birthday is coming up and I will get her for sure! How did you get all of these pictures of Lea?

  27. Rebekah December 29, 2015 at 4:37 pm – Reply

    She’s so cute! Is her hair easy to manage? I am asking because Girl of the Year 2013 Saige’s hair looks like that and is very hard to manage.

  28. Anna December 29, 2015 at 3:06 pm – Reply

    Does the boy doll come with her?????

  29. Jenny December 29, 2015 at 8:54 am – Reply

    I think she look’s just like Kanani and Rebecca. American Girl needs to create a new face mold. I do not really like the dress so why is she more money. I do not want her. I also don’t like how the name Lea is spelled, it should have an h at the end. And I think she should have a more unique name and story. They need to make an Italian doll, that would be cool! I do not think 2016 will be a good year for American Girl.

    • Cuppycake246 December 29, 2015 at 8:54 pm – Reply

      That’s not true I think this will be th best year for American Girl yet because they have not done a doll that likes photography and unlike Chrissa who likes to swim Lea is afaid of swimming

      • Rudy December 30, 2015 at 8:15 am – Reply

        I think this will be a great year too! The collection is beautiful and it will be so much fun to craft for!

  30. haley December 28, 2015 at 3:55 pm – Reply

    i wish ag does would be more diverse, what about an asian doll or or a dark skinned cool?

  31. Nicontay December 28, 2015 at 2:12 pm – Reply

    I just watched the AG hint #2 video, and while it was hard to understand, I think they said Lea’s home town is St. Louis. I love the name Lea Clark and its similarity to Lewis and Clark, the explorers who set out from near St. Louis to explore the Louisiana purchase. Hoping that AG uses that historical connection in some way with this young “explorer.” So glad there is a AG store in St. Louis. I will be checking out this doll. Starting a collection for future grandchildren. ( Just bought Rebecca, so happy to hear she looks similar, as well as Caroline, on one of the last day Caroline was available on the AG site).

  32. Becca December 28, 2015 at 1:51 pm – Reply

    I think she is beautiful.I wanted to know if you could review some of her items such as,clothes,furniture and accessories. My birthday is coming up so I will be akin for her. Thanks!!!

  33. Hannah December 28, 2015 at 11:45 am – Reply

    Lea looks very pretty. I don’t know what Rebecca looked like but she does kind of have the same skin as kanani.

  34. Rebecca December 28, 2015 at 7:43 am – Reply

    Actually (not trying to be racist) I think she has a skin tone similar to Marisol and Kanani, I have Kanani so I am debating on getting the doll, although I missed out on Grace ?

    • Shiabe January 7, 2016 at 3:04 pm – Reply

      Acknowledging someone’s complexion is not racist at all. Racism is when a person is oppressed for their race (Lea is white so she can’t experience racism, rather prejudice)

  35. Betsy December 28, 2015 at 6:06 am – Reply

    I think she’s pretty, but I wish American Girl would do a something other than white girls of the year.

    • BW1016 December 28, 2015 at 11:36 am – Reply

      I agree. I am surprised American Girl is not more diverse.

  36. unknown December 28, 2015 at 3:09 am – Reply

    Will there be a movie on her??
    Can’t wait if there is!

  37. Krissy December 27, 2015 at 8:34 pm – Reply

    I wish they would do a doll which a lesson or to help other girls. My daughter Miranda is 8 and all her friends love the dolls. My daughter is really skinny and a lot smaller then her friends so she gets tease a lot. Maybe they should do one about bullying like she is.Maybe other girls would learn that it’s ok to be different and they shouldn’t tease and bully other

    • Rudy December 27, 2015 at 8:37 pm – Reply

      I think you would really like Chrissa’s story. I highly recommend your daughter read it and the movie is great to watch together!

  38. CB December 27, 2015 at 6:37 pm – Reply

    What ever happened to dolls like Josephina or Felicity?? How,about having a girl of the year with with some history??

  39. Payton December 27, 2015 at 5:09 pm – Reply

    I think she looks like Rebecca, Jess, and Kanani put together. She basically stole Kailey and Kanani’s story, and I agree that we should have a music girl, kind of like Saige’s friend Tessa, but not exactly like Tessa. I called American Girl and I told tem that I should be Girl of the year 2016! My name would be Payton, I would be 11 years old, and my talent would be singing. It’s about when I sing online, and these judges on a singing show like American Idol, and they tell me to come on down to there show, and see if I would really be famous. But the problem is that if I go on tour and be famous, then I wouldn’t be able to see my friends and family. But if I don’t make it, then my dreams would be over, and I wouldn’t be famous. I go there, I get to be famous, and I end up bringing my friends and family on tour. But when I saw on the website that the video of the countdown of the girl holding the scuba mask and camera, I was disappointed. WE NEED A MUSIC GIRL, LIKE ME (A.K.A PAYTON ) ?!?!!?!!!

  40. Jacsan December 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm – Reply

    I do like her, but yeap, she looks a lot llike Rebecca. Just wondering if her skin is darker than Rebecca’s which I would love. I do like the color scheme and storylline, but that sundress…. looks a little on the off side to me. They should have at least matched up the designs. The sandals are lovely and so is the compass necklace and messenger bag.

  41. Kayley December 27, 2015 at 9:31 am – Reply

    She looks exactly like Rebecca, and like someone mentioned before me, her meet outfit looks very cheap. From seeing pictures of her mini doll before this, I was hoping that maybe her eyes would be a Molly Grey color. Her story also seems way to much like what I remember Jess’s being like.

  42. Kate December 26, 2015 at 7:56 pm – Reply

    How did u get her. why can’t ag make a softball doll or a sports doll that isn’t the same face mold COME ON AG

  43. Izzy December 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm – Reply

    Is she the real doll of the year 2016??

  44. Annie December 25, 2015 at 6:59 pm – Reply

    She’s beautiful, but looks too much like too many before her. I agree that AG needs a new face mold. How about another beauty with dimples? We’ve had enough with freckles, so how about the little girls with gorgeous dimples who want a Truly Me doll that is truly them?

    • Hannah December 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm – Reply

      She looks like Rebecca and Lanie put together.

  45. Nikita Eileen Krupoderov December 25, 2015 at 3:17 pm – Reply

    If this is the New Girl of the year…then I am disappointed…her story is not so much…and she looks just like Rebecca except for hair length….the dress looks cheap….very cheap…not at all anything Unique …what a shame…

  46. Carolyn E December 25, 2015 at 2:45 pm – Reply

    I would really love to have this doll!!!

  47. Carolyn E December 25, 2015 at 2:44 pm – Reply

    I think she is beautiful and reminds me of McKenna and Kanani,

  48. Carolyn E December 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm – Reply

    I think that she is absolutely gorgeous!!! She reminds me of McKenna and Kanani!!!

  49. A.T December 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm – Reply

    Plain Jane again. I want an Italian doll!!

  50. Jessica December 25, 2015 at 11:29 am – Reply

    She looks JUST like Rebecca!!!!! Rebecca with longer hair! She’s pretty but Isabelle is still one of my favorite girls of the year.I love her outfit. The dress is really cute. I hope they make her meet outfit for sale without the doll. I was hoping she’d be a music girl and I still prefer her faux name, Jemma. It sounds like my sisters name. I won’t be able to get her because my parents said I can’t get any more dolls. I have 4 AG dolls and 2 OG dolls. My parents said they want to teach me and my sister contentment. I have Rebecca,McKenna,Isabelle,Molly, and my OG dolls are Peyton and Lily anna.

  51. Angel December 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm – Reply

    How did u get her that early? She looks like Grace Thomas

    • poo December 27, 2015 at 11:41 am – Reply


  52. Sharry A. December 24, 2015 at 7:57 am – Reply

    I’m not a huge GOTY fan anyway, but I think it was pretty silly using this face mold right on the heels of Grace, and yes, she does look like Rebecca. How about the Marie Grace face mold, or Kaya’s, or Sonali’s? (no one says it HAS to be dark skinned) Oh and here’s a thought, AG…come up w/ a NEW face mold. As much money as you guys make every year, you certainly can afford it!

  53. Clementine December 24, 2015 at 5:23 am – Reply

    The accessories are good And so is the doll

  54. Katia December 23, 2015 at 8:08 pm – Reply

    I love her so much!!! She looks exactly like me!! I hope I can get her when she comes out!!

  55. American Girl Doll Artist December 23, 2015 at 5:21 pm – Reply

    Probably because of her messenger bag and compass necklace. Grace only had a bracelet.

  56. Bella December 23, 2015 at 5:07 pm – Reply

    She is so pretty! I love her!

  57. buzzy December 23, 2015 at 4:21 pm – Reply

    just cut this doll’s hair and theres Rebecca!

  58. buzzy December 23, 2015 at 4:19 pm – Reply

    oh, did not mean to say that!

  59. buzzy December 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm – Reply

    How did you get this doll?

  60. D December 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm – Reply

    I have to admit I’m disappointed in Lea. She looks like Rebecca, and her story reminds me of 2006 GOTY, Jess and 2011 GOTY, Kanani. I wish they had come up with something totally new.

  61. Diane December 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm – Reply

    When can we buy her?

  62. Laura December 23, 2015 at 1:05 pm – Reply

    Cool! I want her so much!! How much did she cost?

  63. Cari Merrell December 23, 2015 at 11:41 am – Reply

    Do you know what her big ticket item is?

  64. Kaffrum December 23, 2015 at 10:11 am – Reply

    The josefina face mold is my favorite. I love Leas long hair side part skintone eye colour bright dress (though I agree the pattern line up could have been better). I think I’m smitten. I love that she has things in common with Kanani I hope her animal collection is really well made. 2016 looks like a good year.

  65. Kaitlyn Harms December 23, 2015 at 8:31 am – Reply

    WOW! She is beautiful! I just got Kit Kittredge and the next doll I want to get is number Truly Me #58! She has dark skin, curly dark brown hair, brown eyes! I already have two dolls my first one is the on that looks like me number Truly Me #27! But I got Maggie (Number #27) As An Inner Star U Doll this year! So I’m going to wait for a little bit! Probable this summer! ? Thanks! Merry Christmas! ?

  66. Linda Reynolds December 23, 2015 at 7:34 am – Reply

    She is BEAUTIFUL, but come on AG, for that price you should make the dress pattern match up!!! Even knock off dresses match up the patterns of their clothes!

  67. Gianna December 23, 2015 at 7:14 am – Reply

    I think Lea looks too much like Rebecca and has the same kind of story as Kanani . We won’t be getting any more AG items . but i can’t wait to see her collection.

  68. sharon December 23, 2015 at 6:30 am – Reply

    My favorite detail of the doll is her hair – I think that it is beautiful! I also love the compass necklace. I agree with Tm about the dress pattern not matching up!! At this price they are cutting too many corners!! I see it in the fabric choices also. We may pick up some of her accessory kits but will only buy the mini doll of Lea. Sharon

  69. Julia H December 23, 2015 at 5:51 am – Reply

    I will probably be buying her!I love Kanani but i don’t have her and always have!Her looks and personality look like Kanani’s too!

  70. Arianna December 23, 2015 at 3:47 am – Reply

    i’m never very impressed with the dolls, butohmygosh i LOVE her dress!

  71. Joanna K F December 22, 2015 at 7:11 pm – Reply

    Oh I really like Lea. Though she does seem to resemble Rebecca. I am totally getting her on January 1st. Too bad there isnt an AG store near by. I wonder if I could recreate that bracelet. for another doll. um….

  72. Mak C December 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm – Reply

    Hi! I love this post, it’s amazing that someone has her already! May I have a link to Dawnisha’s YouTube channel or to the video review? I would love to see the video! Thanks! ?
    ~Mak (AGPathfindersProductions, YouTube) <3

  73. Olivia Wilson December 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm – Reply

    Oh. lol. I didn’t read all of the description, so I thought you got her. I want her SOOOOOOOOOOOO BAD!!!!!!!!!! I am NOT spending ANY money until I get her! I love everything about her! And I love the name Lea! I like to spell it this way though: Leah Clark

  74. Olivia Wilson December 22, 2015 at 6:33 pm – Reply

    What???????? HOW DID YOU GET HER ALREADY?????!!! She is soooooooooooooooooooooo Cute!!!!!!!!! I am planning on buying her ASAP!

  75. Lisa December 22, 2015 at 6:27 pm – Reply

    She is pretty but she looks like so many other GOTY that they have had in the past. And the pattern of he dress no matching, hat would drive me crazy too. I don’t know if I’ll get her or not. I have so many dolls righ now that I don know where to put them all. But I may wait until the end of the year when they have good sales.

  76. Jessica B. December 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm – Reply

    I’ve heard rumors she will have a rainforest house at the same price point as the bakery. I can’t wait to see what it looks like! If it’s as nice as the bakery, and versatile enough to be used for other scenes, I think we’ll be getting it. We’ll hopefully be going to the Columbus store sometime early in the New Year to see her collection and decide ?

  77. Tm December 22, 2015 at 5:26 pm – Reply

    Rebecca/Josephina face mold. One of the salesperson told me her accessories are like kanani. Wondering if they are capitalizing on the success of Kanani.

    It drives me crazy that the pattern of the dress does not line up it the back. At this price point, I thinks those details matter.

  78. Nikki December 22, 2015 at 4:54 pm – Reply

    What I would like to know is how exactly she got her hands on Lea so early… something shady going on there! I work for AG in Canada so I know how hard it is for even employees to get simple info on the new GOTY let alone an actual doll.

    Anyway, love Lea! Looking forward to launch day!

    • Patti December 22, 2015 at 6:50 pm – Reply

      She’s a toy reviewer. She was sent the doll

  79. Flo December 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm – Reply

    She’s pretty, but too much like Rebecca so I won’t be getting her. Would love to see a messenger bag pattern though! ?

    • Rudy December 22, 2015 at 6:02 pm – Reply

      Oooh, we can do that!

  80. American Girl Doll Artist December 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm – Reply

    I love Lea Clark! She comes with a messenger bag, bracelet and compass necklace. I like all those things, but I’m afraid she will be $130, instead of $120 like Isabelle and Grace.
    – American Girl Doll Artist

    • Stephanie December 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm – Reply

      Why is she more expensive?

  81. Julia H December 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm – Reply

    OMG i love Her!!!! Could you make an mini ocean auarium for her! I want her soooo bad! I am screaming because i love her so much!

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