A Mighty Girl Blog

  • Not Your Traditional Fairy Tale: Mighty Girl Reimaginings of 12 Classic Stories

    intersteller-cinderella[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    It’s a rare person who hasn’t heard traditional fairy tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, and more — in fact, variants of stories like these exist in most world cultures! But one of the most evocative aspects of fairy tales is how they change to suit the times... and in a time when Mighty Girl stories are in great demand, it’s no surprise that there are some terrific empowering spins on classic fairy tales!

    If you’d like to show your Mighty Girl how familiar themes can be explored in new and different ways, we’ve collected some of our favorite versions of Mighty Girl fairy tales. Sometimes they’re versions from different cultures; sometimes they explore how a story could have happened differently; and sometimes they move the story to a new time — or even into outer space! But every one showcase a daring, clever, and heroic Mighty Girl!

    The fairy tales recommended here are only a small fraction of the girl-empowering fairy tales available on A Mighty Girl. For nearly 200 fairy tales and folktales starring Mighty Girls, visit our Fairy Tales & Folktales book collection. Continue reading

  • Animal Friends: 25 Mighty Girl Stories About Caring For Animals

    uni-the-unicornBy Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    For many Mighty Girls, a beloved animal provides a treasured relationship. And whether an animal is large or small, wild or domesticated or maybe even imaginary, sometimes it’s a Mighty Girl who cares for them or even comes to their rescue! If your Mighty Girl is an animal lover, she’ll love these stories about fictional Mighty Girls who take care of the other creatures around them.

    For stories of Mighty Girls and women — both fictional and real — who study wildlife, check out our Mighty Careers blog I Want To Be A Wildlife Biologist!.

    25 Animal-Loving Mighty Girl Books

    Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (age 0 - 3)

    The irrepressible little girl from Please, Baby, Please is back, a little older and with a new responsibility — a puppy! But as anyone who’s added a young puppy to their family knows, an undisciplined pup is hard to manage for an adult, let alone a pair of preschoolers. Adults will smile and young readers will laugh at this very loving and true-to-life depiction of the excitement of caring for a puppy. Continue reading

  • Inspirational Women: Biographies for Adult Readers for Mother’s Day

    51DDk16VJFL[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Moms can be an incredible source of inspiration, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use a little inspiration themselves! Stories of the incredible women of past and present aren’t just great to share with Mighty Girls: they’re also a great gift when you want to honor the place a woman has filled in your life.

    If you’re looking for a good book as a gift for Mother’s Day, we feature a variety of intriguing biographies in our new blog post, including many new releases. These bios tell the stories of a a diverse range of women, from King Peggy, an American secretary who changed the future of an African village, to Nancy Wake, the SOE operative who was the Gestapo’s most wanted person in World War II, to 80-year-old world champion triathlete Sister Madonna Bruder, also known as the Iron Nun. The common thread that connects them all, though, is daring and determination. These are definitely Mighty women!

    For even more adult biographies which would make excellent gift options, check out the recommendations in our previous blog post Stories of Mighty Women: New Biographies for Adult Readers.
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  • Mother’s Day Gifts for Mighty Moms

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    For many Mighty Girls, their mother is the model for everything they want to be — and a special mom deserves a special gift for Mother’s Day! If you’re looking for some great ideas to celebrate and inspire a Mighty Mom in your life, we’ve put together some terrific gift ideas that will help you let her know how important she is. These gifts will let her record some of her own thoughts, experiences, and wisdom; connect more closely with her own Mighty Girl; and inspire her for the year ahead.

    For more ideas for celebrating a special Mom this mother’s day — including many recommendations of books for children and teens about the unique mother / daughter relationship — check out our previous blogs Celebrating Mighty Moms and Their Daughters and Celebrating Mom In Music: Mighty Girl Songs for Mother’s Day.

    Sharing Time and Memories: Journals for Moms

    Whether she’s recording details of her life before she was a mom, sharing some of her hard-earned wisdom, or opening a written dialogue with a daughter of her own, these journals will give her new ways to reflect and write about her life.

    41oqyvqzbwl_1_[1]Mom’s One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Book

    A daily journal entry can feel like a big mountain to climb if the mom you know is as busy as most moms are! But every day has a special moment she’s likely going to want to remember, and this memory book is the perfect way to do that. Each day’s entry offers enough space to write about one great quote, special event, or memory to cherish for the future. Because of the layout of the book, you can start writing on any day of the year, and look back when it’s done to see five years’ worth of a given day’s entries all at once. It’s a great way to get a mom started on journaling some of her thoughts and favorite experiences.

    For a similar memory book suitable for anyone, check out One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Book.

    For My Children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes, and Wisdom

    Some moms may want more prompts to get them started writing. If so, this journal is a great way to collect thoughts for children to read in the future! Thought-provoking prompts cover all of Mom’s life, not just her time since children, including childhood, the teenaged years, and adulthood, and includes questions ranging from “Have you ever nursed a broken heart?” to  "If you could ask your parents anything, what would you ask?" As her children continue to grow and change, she’ll be able to fill in more of the prompts, including what she finds wonderful about growing older and what she sees of herself in her own children. It’s a lovely, thoughtful way to help a mother collect writing about who she really is. Continue reading

  • 10 Mighty Girl Environmental Heroes for Earth Day

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Happy Earth Day! Around the world today, people are taking action to help protect our environment. By demonstrating responsible, green practices today, we hope to inspire people to make environmentally friendly choices throughout the year.

    In honor of this day dedicated to awareness and action, A Mighty Girl is sharing the stories of ten female environmental heroes. These girls and women — scientists, activists, and innovators — have each done something that makes us see protecting the Earth a little differently. These heroes are from both past and present; some of them have acted locally, while others are influential around the world; but each of them has discovered a way that we can become better caretakers of our planet. By celebrating them, A Mighty Girl hopes that other Mighty Girls will consider ways that they can make a difference too.

    For resources about the environment to share with your children, check out our earlier blogs Mighty Girls Save the World: Environmental Films Starring Girls and Women and Mighty Girls Go Green: 15 Books for Earth Day.

    Jane Goodall: Groundbreaking Primatologist and Conservationist

    Jane Goodall with orphan chimpanzee Urahara (Michael Neugebauer/Jane Goodall Institute of Canada) Jane Goodall with orphan chimpanzee Urahara (Photo: Michael Neugebauer)

    Jane Goodall was remarkable enough for breaking into the male-dominated world of wildlife biology, and for her astonishing discoveries regarding chimpanzee behavior. However, her work to draw global attention to the protection of chimpanzee habitat, and to conservation in general, is just as remarkable! Today, just after her 81st birthday, Goodall still devotes the vast majority of her time to conservation efforts, traveling as many as 300 days a year to speak about environmental issues.

    The Jane Goodall Institute, which she founded in 1977, works to help individuals around the world make informed, environmentally responsible decisions as they engage in growth and development; the Institute’s Roots and Shoots youth program, founded in 1991, began with a group of 16 teenagers and now has 10,000 groups in over 100 countries. There is no doubt that Goodall has fulfilled her self-proclaimed mission “to create a world where we can live in harmony with nature.”

    If you'd like to introduce your children to Jane Goodall's incredible story, here are a few of our favorite books about this inspiring role model: The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps (age 4 to 8), Me... Jane (age 3 to 8), Who is Jane Goodall (age 8 to 12), an autobiography by Goodall entitled My Life with the Chimpanzees (age 8 to 12), and a graphic novel Primates (age 12 and up).

    For more books, a documentary, and other resources, visit our Jane Goodall Collection. Continue reading

  • Hope in a Hidden Room: A Mighty Girl Salutes Anne Frank

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    diary-of-a-young-girl1“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” — Anne Frank

    Stories about the Holocaust can seem very distant to a child today: decades of time and, more importantly, vast differences in life experiences separate them from the life of a persecuted girl suffering from the Nazi regime. And then, at some point, she will read Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl (which we recommend for ages 11 and up) and, suddenly, there is a face to this painful history: the face of a girl her age, whose dreams, thoughts, and emotions are like her own.

    When the facts and figures of Holocaust history — the vast numbers of displaced or dead — are inconceivable, the life of this one girl, hiding with her family in a desperate effort to save themselves, is strikingly real.

    And yet the inspiring thing about Anne Frank’s life and writing is that she was never beaten down by the hatred directed at her. Instead, she continued to see the best of humanity. As she wrote, “It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Her astounding optimism and resiliency have inspired girls — and the world — for generations, ever since the loose pages of her diary left Otto Frank’s hands to be published in 1947.

    To honor this amazing spirit, A Mighty Girl has put together this collection of our favorite resources for young people about Anne Frank. This selection features books, movies, and even a poster that make tribute to the girl whose optimism and hope lasted through it all.

    Of course, in addition to reading about Anne Frank, it is important that your child has an understanding of the Holocaust as a whole. You can find reading recommendations for children and teens about other aspects of Holocaust history in our first Holocaust Remembrance Week blog post, Yom HaShoah: A Mighty Girl Recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Week, and in our World War II / Holocaust section.

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  • Yom HaShoah: A Mighty Girl Recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Week

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    when-hilter-stole-pink-rabbit“Silence helps the oppressors.” -- Leslie Meisels, Hungarian Holocaust survivor

    In 2015, April 16 marks Holocaust Remembrance Day: Yom HaShoah in Hebrew. Each year, we take time to remember those who died — and those who survived — during the infamous Nazi regime. It is a difficult topic for any of us, but particularly difficult to discuss with children. How do you talk about something so beyond most children’s contemplation in a way that respects the experience of those who lived it?

    Here at A Mighty Girl, we are marking Holocaust Remembrance Week with two blogs. This post will introduce you to books for all ages that talk about the Holocaust from a variety of perspectives. These books range from picture books to novels, memoirs to fiction, but all of them treat this challenging subject with care and dignity. Our follow-up post,
    Hope in a Hidden Room: A Mighty Girl Salutes Anne Frank, focuses on Anne Frank, whose diary chronicling the emotional life of a girl in the midst of the Holocaust puts a personal face on what can otherwise seem like distant history to a child growing up today.

    To learn more about any of the individual titles featured in this post, to read reviews, or to order a copy, simply click on the highlighted links below to visit a title's A Mighty Girl book page.

    The books featured here represent a small sample of A Mighty Girl's Holocaust literature collection. To view the full collection, visit our section on WWII & The Holocaust. Continue reading

  • Celebrating Siblings: Mighty Girl Books About Sisters & Brothers

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    maple-willow-togetherWe celebrate the relationship we have with our mothers and fathers, but we often forget how important siblings can be to our lives as well! In fact, a brother or sister will probably know you better — and longer — than just about anyone else in your life. And while you may not always get along, there’s no denying that the relationship you have with your siblings is a powerful one.

    To recognize National Siblings Day, we’re sharing stories about Mighty Girls with their brothers and sisters. Sometimes they play together and sometimes they argue, but these Mighty Girls and their siblings are always ready to support one another no matter what comes their way.

    In addition to our reading recommendations below, you can find more Mighty Girls books about the challenges and joys of life with siblings, visit our Siblings section. Continue reading

  • Celebrating Mighty Girl Heroes: Ten Women You Might Not Know, But Should

    British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested by police outside Buckingham Palace in 1914 British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested by police outside Buckingham Palace in 1914

    By Jennifer de Beer, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

    Do you know the name of the Polish social worker who rescued 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII? How about the name of America’s first female self-made millionaire? Can you name a British suffrage movement leader who Time Magazine declared to be one of the most important people of the 20th century? Or the name of a real-life woman pirate?

    While we always delight in hearing about the achievements of women in history, there are some names that get much more attention than others. Children and adults of today are likely to be very familiar with the experiences of Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller -- and rightly so. However, there are many other talented, courageous, and remarkable women who also deserve to have their stories told, but whose names are far less familiar.

    We have gathered together a list of ten of these women, whom you may not recognize, but whose journeys are more than worthy of your attention. Sometimes these women have been relegated to the footnotes of history books, their experiences almost entirely glossed over. Yet, each woman made significant contributions or noteworthy strides in her lifetime.

    In addition to the descriptions listed below, you will find their stories within our collection of over 400 biographies of remarkable girls and women. We also share many stories of Mighty Girl heroes of yesteryear and today on our Facebook page.

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  • Celebrating Women's History in Pictures: Picture Books for Women's History Month

    ?????By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Few things are as fascinating to a child as realizing that the amazing “character” and “story” she just read are true — that these things really happened, and that the person who did them was real. Not only is it a great way for kids to learn about historical figures, both famous and obscure, but it’s tremendously inspiring to know that they, too, could grow up to change the world.

    So what better way to celebrate Women’s History Month with your child than with some great picture book biographies? We’ve put together a list of great picture books about figures in women’s history, which we selected based on the high quality of their writing and illustrations. We’ve also included quite a few new releases: books that you may not have discovered yet, but are sure to become a cherished part of your picture book library.

    Of course, great biographies are available for readers of all ages! You can always go to our biography section and then use the menu on the left to sort by age to find the perfect biography for your Mighty Girl.

    Just Being Audrey, by Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Julia Denos: She was a child in Nazi-occupied Europe, then a movie star and a fashion icon. But most importantly, she had a spirit of kindness and compassion that shone through everything she did. This biography of Audrey Hepburn explores how a little girl growing up through a war would become a beloved celebrity and humanitarian. Continue reading

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