A Mighty Girl Blog

  • A Father's Love: A Mighty Girl Celebrates Father's Day

    A Mighty Girl's Father's Day tribute showcases our favorite books celebrating the special father-daughter bond.

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    A father is a special presence in a girl’s life: he supports, encourages, and loves his daughter, even as he models to her what a man can be. Father’s Day provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this unique and important relationship in the lives of many Mighty Girls. Whether they’re dancing with their babies, walking in the dark and snow with their little girls, or teaching their tweens and teens to be self-sufficient, the fathers in these books know a thing or two about raising Mighty Girls! Continue reading

  • New Release Round-up: 25 New Mighty Girl Books for Early Spring

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering new releases for early spring for children, teens, and adults.

    early-spring-new-releases-2016-webWith spring has come a great batch of new Mighty Girl books! From picture books and young adult literature to parenting guides and biographies for adult readers, there have many excellent girl-empowering new releases over the past few weeks. In our new blog post, we've showcased 25 of our favorite newly released Mighty Girl titles. From intriguing biographies — for both kids and adults — to thoughtful realistic fiction to some remarkable flights of fancy, there's something here to please readers of all ages! Continue reading

  • Beyond Harry Potter: 25 Fantasy Adventure Series Starring Mighty Girls

    Our top 25 Mighty Girl fantasy adventure series for tweens and teens who loved Harry Potter.

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    It's no wonder that so many kids — and adults — love the Harry Potter series: an epic struggle between good and evil, a world full of magic, fantasy, and adventure, and a powerful coming of age story make a captivating combination! However, while Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley, and other strong female characters populate the Harry Potter universe, many girls would love to read a similarly thrilling book or series with a girl at the heart of the story.

    Fortunately, there are many great fantasy adventure books starring Mighty Girls out there to choose from! These books include the same elements that make Harry Potter so fascinating and fun to read but bring female characters to the forefront, where their courage, intelligence, and strength can really shine. Whether they're solving mysteries, defeating the minions of evil, or saving the people they love, these daring Mighty Girls are sure to inspire readers of all ages!

    For more stories for all ages starring adventurous Mighty Girls, visit our Action & Adventure Collection. For more Mighty Girl fantasy stories, check out our Fantasy & Science Fiction Collection.

  • True Colors: Mighty Girl Books for Pride Month

    Whether your Mighty Girl is a member of the LGBTQ community, or an LGBTQ ally, these books will show her that her experience is not unique: millions of people stand with her.

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    “I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.” — Ellen Degeneres

    One of the founding principles of A Mighty Girl is that girls of all ages should be able to find books that reflect who they are: their background, their interests, and their dreams. But when a girl identifies as lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning — or someone in her life does — it can be challenging to find stories that reflect her experience.

    With that in mind — and with June's Pride Month fast approaching — we're sharing our favorite books featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) characters. Whether your Mighty Girl is a member of the LGBTQ community, or an LGBTQ ally, these books will show her that her experience is not unique: millions of people stand with her. Continue reading

  • New Beginnings: 20 Inspiring Books for Mighty Girl Graduates

    Our top picks of inspiring books for Mighty Girl graduates from preschool to college!

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    Whether it's from preschool or college, graduations mark important transitions in a child's or young person's life. If you know a Mighty Girl who is graduating this year, then in the middle of the flurry of school-end projects and graduation party planning, you’ve probably paused for a moment to reflect on the momentous change coming for both of you. Whether your Mighty Girl is going to be starting school full-time as a first grader or moving cross-country to attend college, you likely want to pass on some words of wisdom as she takes her first steps into this new stage of life.

    One great way to do this is by giving her an inspiring book that praises her gifts, exhorts her to achieve her potential, and reminds her that you will always be there when she needs you! With that in mind, we've collected some of our favorite inspiring books that are perfect for graduates. While the reading level of these books may be simple, like Dr. Seuss’ classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, the inspiring message of such books is truly universal. Each one will let your graduate know that a Mighty Girl can always find great things, wherever she may go!
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  • Add It Up! Top 30 Math Toys for Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of math toys and games for curious Mighty Girls from toddlers to teens.

    building-toys-blog-websiteMath is all around us! From making a purchase to doubling a recipe to estimating how much longer a trip will take, we use math every day. Yet for many people there's a pervasive myth that you're either "good at math" or "bad at math" — that it's a talent you're born with, not a skill you can grow and develop with practice. And this misperception often has a significant effect on girls, who are prone to believing that their math ability is innate and that girls are less gifted at math than boys.

    Fortunately, the parents and educators of Mighty Girls know that girls can — and do! — excel at math, and that it's a skill that can improve with practice. To help your own Mighty Girl excel, there's no better way than by providing her with toys and games that build math skills while bringing the play back into numbers. With that in mind, in this blog post, we've showcased 30 of our favorite math-themed toys and games! Whether the Mighty Girl in your life is a toddler or a teen, there's something here to get everyone 'adding it up'! Continue reading

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

    12 Books & Films for Children, Teens, & Adults about Anne Frank

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    “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 children — 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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  • Honoring Educators: 20 Books About Mighty Girls & Their Teachers

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about girls and their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.

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    If you think back to your years in school, chances are there will be at least one teacher you will always remember. Maybe he was the one who sat with you and slowly helped you form separate letters into a word; or maybe she was the first one to hear a secret dream and, instead of laughing, started helping you make it a reality. She may have offered a shoulder to cry on when things were going wrong, or maybe he was the one who showed you that you had a talent you wouldn’t even have guessed. No matter who it was or when it happened, without that teacher, you would be a different person.

    This week's annual observance of Teacher Appreciation Week is a great time to thank the wonderful teachers everywhere who are working with students both young and old. To celebrate teachers, we've showcased twenty of our favorite books about Mighty Girls and the teachers that have such a meaningful impact on their lives. Whether you’re sharing them with your Mighty Girl, or presenting an end-of-school gift copy to a special teacher, these books will remind every reader just how much a teacher can do to inspire, encourage, and support the students around them.

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  • Yom HaShoah / Days of Remembrance: 30 Mighty Girl Books About The Holocaust

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about the Holocaust for children and teens in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Week.

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    “Silence helps the oppressors.” — Leslie Meisels, Hungarian Holocaust survivor

    In 2016, May 5 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 blog posts. 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.

    For more books that explore this challenging topic, visit our WWII & The Holocaust section.  Continue reading

  • 20 Mother’s Day Gifts for Mighty Moms

    A Mighty Girl's favorite journals for moms, books of poetry and essays honoring mothers and daughters, and clothing for Mighty Moms!

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    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; help her show off her own mightiness, 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 blog posts Celebrating Mighty Moms and Their Daughters and Inspiration for Mighty Moms: 50 Books for Mother's Day. Continue reading

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