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  • Summer Reading Series (Part 2): Mighty Girl Books for Emerging Readers

    A Mighty Girl's top 40 girl-empowering early chapter books for emerging readers.

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    There's little that compares with the amazing moment when a young reader realizes she can read on her own! It's a tremendous accomplishment when a child gets through her own book from cover to cover. And since reading is a skill, it's particularly important for emerging readers to practice — both during the school year and over the summer.

    The best way to encourage that practice is to fill your young reader's shelves with fun, exciting, and just-challenging-enough books to read, but finding those books — especially girl-empowering titles — can often be difficult. Sometimes you need a leveled reader that suits your child's ability, and sometimes you're looking for the perfect early chapter book. Whatever you're looking for, you want it to be entertaining enough to catch their attention but of sufficient quality to properly exercise their reading skills.

    With that in mind, in our new addition to our "Summer Reading Series," we're showcasing a selection of forty of our favorite Mighty Girl books for emerging readers. These engaging stories range from longer traditional picture books, to hybrids with lots of pictures and short chapters, to true early chapter books. Kids will love the exciting stories — both fiction and non-fiction — that are just right for their level; parents will love that their kids will be asking for just a few more minutes to read!

    For more reading recommendations for young children, check out the first blog post in our summer series: A Mighty Girl's Summer Reading Series (Part 1): Girl-Empowering Picture Books. Continue reading

  • Remember the Ladies: A Mighty Girl Celebrates the Fourth of July

    Happy Independence Day! The Fourth of July is celebrated across the United States in commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. While no women were present to add their signatures to the declaration, their role in creating and preserving the freedom that all Americans cherish is equally important to our nation’s history. In this post, we strive to, as Abigail Adams famously directed her husband, John Adams, one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, “remember the ladies” and their immense contributions to the nation's founding.

    As we look forward to a day of parades, barbecues, baseball, and fireworks, we also look forward to a day to celebrate our great nation; a day to remember the battles won and lost, the sacrifices made, and the remarkable women who helped to transform those original thirteen colonies of 1776 into the United States of today. Continue reading

  • Summer Reading Series (Part 1): Girl-Empowering Picture Books

    A Mighty Girl's Summer Reading Series kicks off with 40 of our favorite girl-empowering picture books for young children.

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    With the school year done, plenty of parents are looking for reading material to keep their kids turning pages all summer long! Looking for high quality, high interest books during the summer months is a great way to build literacy skills and foster a lifelong love of reading, which makes this a great time to fill kids' shelves with girl-empowering titles starring smart, confident, and courageous girls and women!

    To kick off the start of A Mighty Girl's Summer Reading Series, this blog post features 40 favorite picture books that share fun and thoughtful stories about both fictional and real-life Mighty Girls. Our 5-part series will continue with basic chapter books for early readers to more complex titles for tweens and teens to a selection of recommended reads for adults. All of these selections will show readers, both young and old, the power and potential of girls and women — and inspire her on her own journey as a Mighty Girl! Continue reading

  • 15 Parenting Books About Raising Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for parents on raising a Mighty Girl from the toddler through the teen years.

    parenting-blog-webParenting is always an adventure, but parenting a Mighty Girl can often seem particularly challenging: in a time when girls and their parents receive so many conflicting messages about what it is to be a girl, it's hard to know how to guide them to becoming confident, capable women. From the sexualization of increasingly younger girls to the new world of social media to old problems like bullying in the school yard, there are many challenges to growing up —  and parenting —  in today's world.

    A Mighty Girl created our Parenting Collection of over 200 books to provide resources for the parents in our community who want to know how to tackle issues specific to girls, whether they're toddlers or teens. To get you started exploring our collection, we've put together a list of some of our favorite resources for parents of Mighty Girls. These books are informative, interesting, and most importantly provide real-world advice for how to help your girl grow up Mighty. Continue reading

  • Sisters in Innovation: 20 Women Inventors You Should Know

    How Many of These 20 Pioneering Female Inventors Did You Know?

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    Around the world and across history, innovative women have imagined, developed, tested, and perfected their creations, and yet most of us would be hard pressed to name even a single woman inventor. In fact, women inventors are behind many of the products and technologies used every day! From life rafts to disposable diapers to rocket fuel, women have invented amazing things — but they're also responsible for some of the things we use for day to day life. In fact, if you use GPS on your cell phone, turn on windshield wipers when you drive in the rain, or eat a chocolate chip cookie, you can thank the woman behind them!

    In honor of the remarkable women whose breakthroughs have advanced technology and the ease of our day to day lives, we're sharing the stories of twenty ingenious women whose inventions have changed the world. Whether they were scribbling designs two centuries ago or are still working today, these clever creators deserve to have their stories told. We've also included a few stories of modern-day Mighty Girls who have taken up the challenge of becoming the inventors of today — and tomorrow.

    If you'd like to learn more about any of the featured women or introduce them to children and teens, where possible we're also sharing reading recommendations for both children and adults, as well as other resources that celebrate these innovative women. Continue reading

  • Science Is For Girls: 25 Books About Female Scientists

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for children and teens about real-life female scientists who changed the world!

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    "Young girls need to see role models in whatever career they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can't be what you can't see." — Sally Ride, First American Woman in Space

    When someone mentions scientists, chances are good that the face that pops into mind is male: perhaps a picture of Albert Einstein or Neil DeGrasse Tyson, or maybe a more generic man in a lab coat. However, even when women were largely shut out of science, there were still groundbreaking women making discoveries, conducting experiments, and publishing research! And while school curricula and popular culture are slowly expanding to include women beyond a few notable favorites such as Marie Curie and Jane Goodall, many people — young and old alike — still often find themselves struggling to name even a handful of female scientists.

    Fortunately, with the increasing availability of great biographies for children and teens, we can show our girls that women in science make contributions every day! And, of course, these titles are just as important to share with boys because all kids need to know that science is for girls! With that in mind, we've showcased 25 of our favorite biographies of female scientists for young readers. From primatology to physics, the expanses of space to the vast floor of the ocean, these women made their mark and changed the way we see the world... just like the budding Mighty Girl scientists of today will one day! Continue reading

  • Elementary, My Dear Mighty Girl: 25 Books Starring Mighty Girl Detectives

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of mysteries starring Mighty Girl detectives for children and teens.

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    From uncovering a mystery to the hunt for clues, from mistaken conclusions to the big reveal, many Mighty Girls love detective stories! And, while many of the most favorite fictional detectives, from Sherlock Holmes to Hercule Poirot, are male, there are many excellent mysteries starring female detectives who lead investigations, study the evidence, and solve the mystery — all perfect for inspiring the would-be detectives of tomorrow!

    If your kids love mystery stories — or dream of being detectives themselves one day — then you're sure to find a book they'll love in our new collection of the best in Mighty Girl detective stories! These books are full of curious, determined, and clever female characters who refuse to let things go until they find the truth. We've even included a few stories featuring one of the first real-life woman detectives! Continue reading

  • Father’s Day Gifts for Mighty Dads

    A Mighty Girl's favorite books of humor and inspiration to honor Mighty Dads and their important role in their daughters' lives.

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    Behind many Mighty Girls is a Mighty Dad! It can be hard to find gifts that celebrate the role that a father plays in his daughter’s life, so in honor of all the dedicated dads in the Mighty Girl community, we’ve gathered some great gift ideas for the father in your life. Whether he’s sharing his life and memories, enjoying a laugh about the ups and downs of parenting, or getting inspired by tributes to the special place he holds in his Mighty Girl’s life, these gifts are sure to make his Father’s Day extra special.

    For more great ideas for celebrating Father’s Day, check out our blog A Father’s Love: A Mighty Girl Celebrates Father’s Day, which features books for girls about the father-daughter relationship, and Singing About Fatherly Love: Mighty Girl Songs for Father’s Day. Continue reading

  • Dancing Her Heart Out: 15 Picture Books About Mighty Girls Who Love to Dance

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of picture books about girls who love to dance!

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    For many Mighty Girls, nothing is more fun than moving to music! Maybe she takes formal ballet lessons, or maybe she and her family just take joy in putting on their favorite tunes and dancing together for fun. Either way, a love of dance is a great way to get exercise, have fun, and express your creativity!

    If you have a child who loves to step, twirl, plie, and more, in this blog post, we've put together a collection of 15 favorite picture books starring dance-loving Mighty Girls that are sure to inspire and delight dancers of all ages!

    For books about real-life women dancers for children and teens, visit our Creative Arts book section. Continue reading

  • 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

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