Source: American Girl

American Girl is kicking off the new year in style!

Before the ball could even drop in Times Square, Mattel‘s famous 18-inch doll brand introduced its 2023 Girl of the Year, Kavi Sharma.

Kavi (pronounced KUH-vee and short for Kavika) hails from Metuchen, New Jersey where she lives with her Hindu Indian-American family. Her big interests include learning Bollywood dances, singing show tunes, and checking out the latest Broadway shows (Wicked is her favorite).

New York Times bestselling author Varsha Bajaj penned the companion book that explores Kavi’s story with an overarching message about “the importance of finding a healthy rhythm in life” and that kids should “share their talents, pursue new interests, and take pride in who they are.”

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The full suite of American Girl 2023 Girl of the Year products includes the Kavi Doll & Journal, Kavi’s Accessories, Kavi’s Dog, Kavi’s Performance Outfit, Kavi’s Songwriting Accessories playset, Kavi’s Shining Star Pajamas, kid-sized Shining Star Pajamas for Girls, Kavi’s Yoga Outfit, Kavi’s Yoga Accessories, Kavi’s Bollywood Costume, Kavi’s Backstage Trunk, and Kavi’s Backstage Set.

All products are available exclusively at American Girl Place and

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.