A Mighty Girl Blog

  • A Celebration of Native American and Aboriginal Mighty Girls for Native American Heritage Month

    buffalo-bird-girlBy Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    “When I was a little girl I was taught that there were no Indians. The only time I ever saw Indians was when we visited the stupid natural history museum and they were dead and stuffed like the dinosaurs....[When Sesame Street] called me up and said that they wanted me to recite the alphabet like everybody else does, and count from one to ten....I said that I wasn’t interested in doing that, but I asked if they had ever done any Native American programming....I was doing essentially the same thing that I was doing all along, in trying to raise consciousness and spotlight Native America, because it’s fascinating and interesting.” — Buffy Saint-Marie, Canadian-American Cree songwriter, educator, and social activist, in an interview with Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict, June 2009

    Buffy Sainte-Marie’s episodes of Sesame Street started airing in 1975, but sadly, representation of Native American and Aboriginal peoples in media -- especially children’s media -- continues to be rare. In fact, in a 2012 study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of 3,600 children’s books, less than 1% of them featured Native American or Aboriginal characters.

    Fortunately, there are some great books available featuring Native American and Aboriginal Canadian Mighty Girls! November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States, during which time we recognize the contributions and cultures of the aboriginal peoples of North America.

    To celebrate this heritage month, we’ve put together a selection of wonderful books starring Native American and Aboriginal to share with your children. Whether reading a great piece of historical fiction, a fascinating biography, or a story that features modern Native American girls in their day-to-day lives, they’ll love these stories. And who knows? You might just learn a thing or two yourself!

    For more reading recommendations for children and teens, visit our Native American and Aboriginal book section.
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  • A Mighty Girl's 2014 Halloween Highlights

    We received a record number of photo submissions for our 2014 Halloween Gallery and we're awed by the creativity and variety of these Mighty Girls' amazing costumes. As we've always said, Mighty Girls know that their costume possibilities are limited only by their imaginations and with costumes ranging from ones based on favorite superheroes to ones inspired by historic role models, these Mighty Girls clearly know no bounds!

    In this post, we've showcased a small sample of these incredible costumes -- to browse the over 1,300 photos submitted, visit the 2014 A Mighty Girl Halloween Gallery. And, to help you and your Mighty Girl learn more about the wonderful characters and historic figures depicted, we've also linked to our character collection and biography section where relevant.

    And, if you're seeking girl-empowering dress-up clothing or costumes anytime of year, visit our extensive costume collection with options for all ages from infants through adults in A Mighty Girl's Halloween Costume Guide. You can also find Mighty Girl stories for many of the upcoming holidays, including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, in our Holidays & Celebrations collection. Continue reading

  • The Price of Peace: A Mighty Girl Recognizes Veterans and Remembrance Day

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    MV5BOTQyODQ0MjczMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDc3NzIzMQ@@._V1_[1]“If the nation ever again needs them, American women will respond.” — Byrd Howell Granger, WASP pilot

    On November 11, 1918, World War I formally came to an end with the signing of armistice but despite the hopes that this would mark the war to end all wars, conflict has stayed with us throughout the decades. Today, countries around the world choose November 11 to honor the service of those who fought abroad or worked tirelessly at home and those who continue to do so today. With Veterans Day in the US, Remembrance Day in Commonwealth countries, and Armistice Day in other nations, we take a few precious minutes of time to pay tribute to the living veterans of war and remember those who died in it.

    On this day, it is important to mark the contributions of women, both in the armed forces and working at home, which are so often forgotten in our discussion of war. Women helped fill the empty spaces in manufacturing plants, like the iconic Rosie the Riveter; they braved the skies with women’s piloting programs like the American Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) and the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATAs); and acted as spies, saboteurs, and rescuers as they resisted invading forces.

    It is also important to remember the many women who serve today, and the families whose lives are affected by their loved one’s service. In households around the world, Mighty Girls show their pride in their military parents, and dedicated moms don uniforms, honored to be a part of the growing female contingent within the armed forces.

    To honor these women of past and present, A Mighty Girl has created a list of Mighty Girl books that inspire gratitude and appreciation for the service of our veterans. Let their work and their sacrifices never be forgotten. Continue reading

  • Taking a Stand Against Bullying: Bullying Prevention Books for Tweens and Teens

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    As kids enter puberty and their bodies and emotions start to change, bullying takes on new challenges: not only do relationships become more complex, but self-esteem is often more fragile and popularity can seem so much more important than it did a few years ago. So it’s particularly important for parents to continue offering their children resources to develop their understanding of relational aggression and bullying! Whether your Mighty Girl prefers to read fiction about the topic, or enjoys a non-fiction guide, there is material in this blog to help her unravel the complexities of bullying in middle school, high school, and beyond.

    For Mighty Girl books on bullying prevention for younger girls, please see the first part of this blog series "The End of Bullying Begins With Me": Bullying Prevention Books for Young Mighty Girls.

    Mean Girls: Fictional Bullies

    Confessions_of_a_Former_Bully_cover_JPEG1[1]Fiction can be a safe way to explore a challenging topic, especially for girls this age, who are acutely aware of the changing social dynamic around them. These books talk about bullying for a variety of reasons and from a variety of perspectives, so that your Mighty Girl can learn more about what bullies during the tween and teen years can be like — and how to deal with them.

    Part of the challenge for older girls can be the realization that almost everyone has engaged in teasing or bullying at some point -- including themselves — so it can help to show that it is possible to make things right if you’ve made a mistake. In Confessions of a Former Bully by Tracy Ludwig (age 8 - 12), Katie starts keeping a notebook about bullying after she’s required to visit the school counselor for bullying a friend on the playground. As Katie explores why she acted as she did, and learns more about bullying in general, she also develops ideas about how to atone for her mistakes. The story also includes sidebars with statistics, quotes, and other factual information about physical, emotional, and Internet bullying. Continue reading

  • "The End of Bullying Begins With Me": Bullying Prevention Books for Young Mighty Girls

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    hundred-dresses“The End of Bullying Begins With Me” is the message of National Bullying Prevention Month and at A Mighty Girl we believe that’s absolutely true! By teaching our children about bullying — what it is, the effects it has on everyone, and the ways that we can stop it — we can work to ensure that bullying becomes a smaller and smaller part of all our lives.

    With that in mind, we’ve put together a series of three blogs featuring great Mighty Girl anti-bullying resources for all ages. In this first part of the series, we’ll showcase books for preschool and early school-aged children that address bullying from a variety of angles, while in the two remaining blogs, we’ll talk about resources for tweens and teens and resources for parents and educators.

    For Mighty Girl books on bullying prevention for older girls, check out our post,Taking a Stand Against Bullying: Bullying Prevention Books for Tweens and Teens. For bullying prevention resources for adults, visit our post, Leading the Way: Bullying Prevention Books for Parents and Educators.

    Of course, these are just a selection of the great anti-bullying books out there. For more books for all ages on bullying, visit our Top Books on Bullying Prevention for Mighty Girls special feature or our Bullying / Teasing section. Continue reading

  • Hot Off The Presses: 25 Early Fall New Releases Starring Mighty Girls

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    August and September are big months for new children's book releases --- which means there are lots of newly published titles starring Mighty Girls! From terrific new picture books to engrossing teen fiction, there have been some excellent books hitting the shelves in the last two months. To help you learn about the standouts and to whet your appetite for the release of our special feature on the best Mighty Girl books of 2014 at the end of the year, we’re sharing a few of our favorite new releases. Whether your Mighty Girl is 3 or 13, we’re sure you’ll find something she’ll love!

    If you'd like to learn more about any of the books featured in our post, just click the title of the book to open its A Mighty Girl page. There, you can read reviews, learn about related books, and order your favorites for your kids.

    To check out our previous round-ups of Mighty Girl book releases, check out our special features: 2012 Year In Review and 2013 Year In Review.

    61fu9smhqpl_1_[1]Be Patient, Pandora by Joan Holub, illustrated by Leslie Patricelli (age 1 - 4)

    “Do not open the box, Pandora!” warns Pandora’s mother, so she doesn’t...but she does touch it, lean on it, sit on it, even jump on it! Unsurprisingly, the box soon flies open, ruining the big batch of cupcakes hidden inside. Fortunately for Pandora, one little cupcake, representing Hope, is still in the box for her and her mother to share. This simple adaptation of the myth of Pandora’s Box, part of the new Mini Myths series, features simple, fun text and hilarious illustrations.

    Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma by Jacky Davis, illustrated by David Soman (age 3 - 5)

    Ladybug Girl is back, and Lulu has a big decision to make — what to be for Halloween! She tries on lots of different costumes, but none of them seems quite right. She hopes for inspiration as her family goes pumpkin picking and takes a hayride, and she finds it in the form of a little girl who needs a helping hand. Maybe the perfect costume has been right under her nose the whole time! Fans of Ladybug Girl will love this book about being true to yourself. Continue reading

  • Here Be Dragons: Books & Costumes For Mighty Girl Dragon Lovers

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    raising-dragons[1]When you talk about fantastic creatures, some people picture fairies, or unicorns, or elves — and some picture dragons! Your Mighty Girl may imagine herself as the daring soul who cows the dragon by force of arm or clever wit, or she might picture herself with a devoted dragon friend, flying to new heights and learning arcane secrets. With versions of dragons in almost every culture, filling every role from devoted mentors to ferocious beasts, there’s probably a dragon to suit any Mighty Girl’s dream.

    So if your Mighty Girl loves all things draconic, she’ll love the products we’re featuring in this blog! Here, she’ll find dragon stories of all kinds — from those based in folklore and fairy tale to those dreamed up by modern imagination — as well as great dress-up options for when her own imagination takes over.

    So get ready for some adventure — here be dragons! Continue reading

  • Witches, Monsters, and Spooky Tales: Mighty Girl Books for Halloween!

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Halloween is coming fast, and most kids’ eyes gleam at the thought: the costumes, the candy, the fun... and, of course, the chance to enjoy some really spooky stories! So that you can stock your bookshelf with some great Mighty Girl books to enjoy this Halloween, we’ve highlighted a few of our seasonal favorites.

    To see even more, as well as films for a Halloween movie night, check out our special feature on the Top Halloween Mighty Girl Books and Films. And, if you're on the lookout for a costume for your Mighty Girl, check out our girl-empowering Halloween Costume Guide.

    Good Witches: Mighty Girl Witch Stories

    cvr9781416986706_9781416986706_lg[1]Not all witches fit the wicked mold — after all, historically, many witches were wise women and healers who ended up on the wrong side of the established political order. Many of the books in our Halloween collection feature witch characters that show off the best of what a witch can be: brave, curious, adventurous, and determined to protect people with every trick she knows. They are a great way to get your child thinking beyond the witchy stereotype!

    The main character in A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Henry Bliss (age 3 - 6) is a curious witch who’s heard lots about scary humans and their Halloween holiday, but never seen any of it... until one Halloween when she finally gets to meet a human girl and realizes that they’re not so scary after all! McGhee tells her story completely in dialogue balloons, making it a fun read — and perfect for a young Mighty Girl who’s slightly nervous about this spooky holiday! Continue reading

  • Protecting “The Books That Will Never Be Written”: Judy Blume’s Fight Against Censorship

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    judy-blume1For decades, Mighty Girls have devoured the works of Judy Blume, from Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret to Forever... to Just As Long As We’re Together. Her characters are compelling to readers because they face real issues — issues like puberty, struggles with friends, sexuality, divorce, and bullying. There’s even a book, Everything I Needed To Know About Being A Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, which features a collection of essays by twenty-four notable women authors about the impact Judy Blume’s novels have had on their lives and writing.

    But what many Mighty Girl readers may not know is that the very topics that made Blume’s work speak so powerfully to them also made them the subject of frequent challenges and bans. Blume has the dubious distinction of being one of the most banned writers in America. In fact, challenges and bans to her books still happen frequently; as a result, in some towns, it is actually harder for kids to get access to her books now than when they were written.

    In the process of defending her books, Blume has emerged as a determined defender of authors’ rights to address controversial issues, even in children’s and young adult literature — and of children's rights to read them. In honor of Banned Books Week, which runs from September 21 to 27, A Mighty Girl is proud to present this tribute to Blume’s efforts to ensure that authors, both present and future, don’t have to face censorship as they write for children. Continue reading

  • Harvest Time! Fabulous Fall Mighty Girl Books

    By Lili Sandler, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

    Autumn is here! The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler, and summer is becoming a memory. Every season brings with it the opportunity to share seasonal books with the Mighty Girl in your life, and this fall is no exception! Keep reading to learn about some of our favorite autumnal stories featuring Mighty Girls.

    And, for seasonal spooky favorites check out our special feature on the Top Halloween Mighty Girl Books & Films.

    Celebrating the Season

    wild-childAs summer turns to fall, there are many reasons to celebrate! The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is celebrated by many people of Chinese heritage around the world. In Grace Lin’s lovely picture book Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, we follow along as the young protagonist shares the traditions of her Chinese-American family’s Moon Festival fun.

    For the youngest autumnal enthusiasts, Alison Inches and Hiroe Nakata have teamed up to present an eye-catching and lyrical book, I Love Fall! Little ones can explore the textures and colors of fall in this little book, all while listening to a charming story! Recommended for ages 0 - 2.

    You can also check out the wordless Autumn board book by Gerda Muller. Part of a series of four wordless books about the seasons, this volume celebrates playing in piles of leaves, collecting nuts for conkers, and making jam to enjoy through the cold months of the year. Recommended for ages 0 - 3.

    In a true ode to the wonders of the season, Autumn becomes personified as a little girl going about the business of avoiding bedtime in Lynn Plourde and Greg Couch’s Wild Child. She needs a song, she needs a snack, she needs new pajamas... And these are all provided by Mother Earth, as the season progresses. With stunning illustrations and text that begs to be read aloud, you’ll have your own autumnal Wild Child on your hands as you read this enchanting tale. Recommended for ages 3 - 7. Continue reading

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