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Happy Birthday!

Eleven-year-old Eva asked this question: "Pretend that your best friend's birthday is tomorrow. What would you do to make her day special?"

These girls shared their thoughts:

I would decorate her locker with streamers and a big sign that says, "Happy Birthday from Guess Who!" Then she'd open her locker and see a present from me inside. She would love it!
–Kendall, age 12, Tennessee

For my best friend's birthday, I would surprise her with a trip to Hollywood to meet her favorite singer. I'd even give her backstage passes so that she could meet him!
–An American Girl fan, age 10, Minnesota

I'd write a long note to my friend, thanking her for being my best friend and recalling all the awesome times we've had together.
–Caroline, age 11, South Carolina

I live more than 14 hours away from my best friend. To make her birthday special, I would randomly show up on her doorstep. I'd love to see the look on her face!
–Grace, age 12, Georgia

My best friend loves to read. If I could, I would give her a whole library. But that might be kind of tough, so I'd give her a really good book instead.
–Penelope, age 11, Texas

I would make a wheat-free, egg-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free feast for my best friend's birthday. She's allergic to those foods, and whenever we hang out, she has to bring her own food so that she has something to eat. A meal full of foods she can enjoy would be a great present.
–Sarah, age 10, New York

For my pal's birthday, I'd plan a campout with all of our friends. We'd roast marshmallows and hot dogs, hike, sing songs, and have lots of fun. Before we went to sleep, we'd stargaze and tell ghost stories. My friend would love a camping birthday party!
–Hannah, age 11, Kansas

My friend and I both love to dance, so to make her birthday special, I'd plan a day just for dancing. I'd rent a fancy dance studio, just for the two of us, and professional choreographers would give us lots of tips. What a great day!
–Whitney, age 10, Oregon

Paris would be the destination for my best friend's dream birthday. We'd visit the Eiffel Tower, eat at a cafŽ, and take pictures to put into a scrapbook. We would have those memories forever.
–Jana, age 11, Georgia

On my friend's birthday, I'd take her to our local boardwalk. We'd share doughnuts and play games at the arcade until we drop! It would be a fun birthday.
–Brenna, age 13, North Carolina

I would make a pretty, glittery card for my friend, and then I would ask everyone at our lunch table to sing "Happy Birthday."
–Violet, age 11, Massachusetts

For my friend's birthday, I'd create a book of poetry for her. We both love to write, and a gift from the heart would make her day even more special.
–Lili, age 9, Illinois

My best friend, Lily, is really into board games right now. She's going to enter our school's board-game competition, and she's kind of nervous. So for her birthday, I'd get her a bunch of board games so that she could practice.
–Britta, age 11, Virginia

I would bake a ton of treats for my friend. Her favorites are sugar cookies and cupcakes, and mine are chocolate chip cookies and lemon bread, so I'd bake those and lots more!
–Delaney, age 12, Washington

I would make my friend's day special by treating her to a game of laser tag, dinner, and a movie with all of our friends. I'd give her a month of horseback-riding lessons and a fancy charm for her necklace, too. After a sleepover, we'd wake up in the morning and have pancakes. It would be a perfect birthday for my best friend!
–An American Girl fan, age 11, Colorado

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