A Mighty Girl Blog

  • Pack It Up: A Mighty Girl's Backpacks and Lunch Bags for Back to School

    wonder-woman-backpackBy Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Even though we're still in the heart of the summer, for many children the start of school is just around the corner! Time to start stocking up on all the supplies your Mighty Girl will need for the upcoming year — and number one on most lists is a great backpack. If you’re looking for some fun backpack options that don’t restrict your Mighty Girl to a limited range of themes or colors — or a backpack featuring her favorite character — our Bags & Packs section has a variety of different options for you to check out!

    To get you started on your shopping, we’re sharing some of our favorite backpacks and lunch totes from our collection. These bags, which offer a range of sizes and themes, will give you a good idea of the possibilities out there for your Mighty Girl this year. So let’s get packing!

    And, if you're looking for stories to help your Mighty Girl prepare for the new school year -- whether she's starting preschool or heading off to college -- we recommend a range of school stories in our special feature Top Mighty Girl School Stories. You can also learn about many of our favorites in two blog posts: Back to School: 15 Stories on Mighty Girls' Adventures at School and Mighty Girls in Middle School, High School, and Beyond. Continue reading

  • Back to School Part I: 15 Stories on Mighty Girls' Adventures at School

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

    Parents of older Mighty Girls looking for books about school can check out our second blog in this series: Back to School Part II: Mighty Girls in Middle School, High School, and Beyond.

    While it sometimes feels like “back to school” starts right after school ends for the summer, the truth is that preparing for school does take a lot of time — both for parents and for kids who are off on this new adventure. And it’s easy for parents to forget that there was a time when school was totally unfamiliar, and maybe a little scary!

    Whether your Mighty Girl is about to start a preschool program or if she's preparing to move to elementary school or a new school, here are some great books to help her feel prepared. By answering some of her questions about what it will be like — and reassuring her that there are wonderful things to learn and do there — you can help your Mighty Girl get excited about her school career. And for parents of older Mighty Girls, watch for a follow-up blog with books about school for middle schoolers, high schoolers, and beyond!

    For more books about Mighty Girls and school, in addition to our recommendations below, visit our special feature on the Top Mighty Girl School Stories.

    And, for fun back-to-school gear for Mighty Girls, including backpacks, lunch bags, and school supplies, check out A Mighty Girl's School Gear Guide. Continue reading

  • Putting the Words "Behind" Me: A 14-Year-Old Mighty Girl Takes a Stand Against Body Shaming

    Editor's Note

    In early July, 14-year-old Mighty Girl Carleigh O’Connell took a courageous stand against body shaming and taught the kids at her school -- and people around the world -- an inspiring lesson about the power of self-confidence. When Carleigh heard from kids at her school that someone had written a body shaming slur across a large cement barrier at a beach in her New Jersey hometown, she decided to pose proudly for a picture with the graffiti in plain view.

    After our Facebook post about Carleigh reached four million people and her story went viral, Carleigh wanted to share more about her story and offer advice to other teens who might also experience body shaming or bullying. Her guest blog post, as well as a selection of resource books and organizations for young people seeking advice or help, is below.

    By Carleigh O’Connell, Guest Blogger

    carleigh-oconnell Carleigh in front of the graffiti

    How does a 14-year-old girl stand up on a graffiti-covered rock that makes fun of her body, take a picture, and then have the picture go viral on the internet reaching over 4 million people? Well, it happened, and it happened to me.

    I am not really sure what made me step up on the rock that day. I do know that I didn't hesitate to do it. I knew it my heart it was right, and looking back, I would make the same decision if I had it to do over again. This entire experience has been a whirlwind, and I have learned so much. One of the most valuable lessons I've learn is that sometimes you have to stand up for yourself when no one else will, and do what people don't expect you to do.

    The way I saw it, I had a choice. I could have just walked away, cried in my room or tried to ignore it altogether, but that wasn't an option for me. I knew the moment I saw the graffiti that I had to respond, and that's exactly what I did. I responded back to someone's hurtful behavior instead of becoming the victim and letting them get away with it.

    Some call this bullying; I just call it "mean." Whoever wrote this wanted to bring attention to themselves. I can only assume that they were trying to be funny or cool around their friends at my expense. So, I turned the tables and highlighted the fact that it wasn't about them, it was about me, and I am not okay with being someone's target or springboard for popularity. Continue reading

  • Mighty Careers: I Want To Be A Veterinarian!

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    In our Mighty Careers blog series, we celebrate the careers that Mighty Girls around the world are dreaming of pursuing one day! In each blog, we provide a career role model, as well as recommendations for books, clothing, and toys to support and encourage her aspirations. Whether she’s three or thirteen, you’ll find options here to teach her more about her dream job — and help her start preparing to live it!

    biscuitvisitsthedoctorIn this post, we’re highlighting resources for budding veterinarians! Whether your Mighty Girl pictures herself in a small animal practice, taking care of beloved dogs and cats; a large animal practice, caring for horses and cattle; or a more specialized practice like caring for exotic or zoo animals, her dream job requires a combination of a love for animals and a fascination with science.

    And she’s not alone in her aspirations: as of 2009, women actually outnumbered men in the American Veterinary Medicine Association, and as of this year, women make up 78% of veterinary medicine students. But it takes determination, drive, and an awful lot of work to earn your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) scrubs, so the support she gets from her family and friends will make all the difference in the world to her future success.

    To support your Mighty Girl’s interest in veterinary medicine, we’ve collected a variety of books, toys, clothing, and decor that celebrates an interest in animal medicine. With these resources, you can help her achieve her goal of adding the coveted DVM to her name!

    For more Mighty Career ideas, check out our earlier posts on engineers, pilots, wildlife biologists, and astronauts.

    You can find more stories about Mighty Girl animal lovers in our blog Animal Friends: 20 Mighty Girl Stories About Caring for Animals. Continue reading

  • Animal Friends: 20 Mighty Girl Stories About Caring For Animals

    51q52f0nvql_1_[1]By 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!.

    20 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

  • True North Strong and Free: 10 Amazing Canadian Women

    8621604[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Happy Canada Day! Canada has come a long way since the Dominion of Canada was formed 147 years ago. It’s gone from the four original provinces to ten provinces and three territories that truly fulfill the national motto, “From sea to shining sea.” A diverse nation of peoples from all over the world, Canada is looking towards a bright future.

    And unsurprisingly, throughout Canada’s history, brave women have been there to leave their mark. From the earliest colonial settlements to today, women have helped shape the history and culture of Canada. To celebrate Canada Day, A Mighty Girl is paying tribute to ten of these amazing women. From activists to scientists, authors to engineers, and athletes to doctors, these women have shown that Canadian pride is universal.

    So let’s take a trip through Canada’s past and present to recognize these ten women who have helped make this country a place so many people are proud to call home. Continue reading

  • Let's Go On An Adventure: 20 Books to Inspire Adventurous Mighty Girls

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    pippi-longstocking-book-collection[1]What adventure is your Mighty Girl going on this summer? Is this the year she’ll bike to the park by herself, sleep outside in a tent, or learn to ride a horse? Will she paddle a canoe, or pass her swim test? Maybe she’s going on a trip with the scouts, or hiking in the woods near her house to find the perfect place to build her secret hideout. Whatever she’s planning, summer is the perfect time for new adventures — testing her limits and daring to try the things that she’s not quite sure she can do.

    To inspire your Mighty Girl to set off on all sorts of summer adventures, we’ve put together a list of our top 20 books featuring daring, courageous Mighty Girl characters on adventures of their own. These stories capture all the thrill and excitement of pushing yourself to do something unexpected and new. And who knows? You might just decide to join her on her new adventure!

    1. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (age 2 - 6)

    Sal and her mother head out to pick blueberries at the same time as a bear cub and his mama bear head for the other side of the hill. When Sal’s mother shoos her away, in hopes that at least a few of the berries they’re picking will end up in the bucket rather than Sal’s tummy, Sal and the bear cub accidentally trade places! Both will have an adventure following the wrong mother — and getting back to the right one. Continue reading

  • "Remember the Ladies” -- A Mighty Girl Celebrates the Fourth of July

    By Lili Sandler, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

    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.


    independent-dames[1]For a fantastic book that introduces many fascinating women of the Colonial period, budding historians will love Laurie Halse Anderson’s Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution (age 6 - 10). Women of the Revolutionary War played many roles, from tending to wounded soldiers, to sewing for the troops, to disguising themselves as men in order to fight alongside their brothers and husbands. With engaging and detailed illustrations by Matt Faulkner, this book will intrigue children and adults alike!

    Award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts has also recently released a new book for children about women's contribution to the American Revolution, Founding Mothers: Remembering The Ladies (age 7 - 12). Filled with beautiful illustrations by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode, it features profiles on a diverse range of women who played significant roles during the period, including figures such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Deborah Franklin, Sarah Livingston Jay, and others. Continue reading

  • True Colors: Mighty Girl Books for Pride Month

    tumblr_m4o2z1hZuQ1qkpz3uo1_400[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    “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 gender questioning, or someone in her life does, it can be challenging to find stories that reflect her experience.

    For Pride Month, we at A Mighty Girl wanted to share some of our favorite books featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and 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.

    To view our related post highlighting songs celebrating the joy of living proud and free, visit our post on Songs of Pride: Mighty Girl Songs for Pride Celebrations.

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  • Celebrating Summer with the Top Outdoor Play Toys for Mighty Girls!

    By Lili Sandler, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

    Summer is here! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the long hours of sunshine! There are so many ways to explore the outdoors with the Mighty Girls in your life, and in this post we recommend a few of our favorite outdoor toys, games, and gear to consider for your adventures. If you'd like to discover more options beyond our recommendations below, you can also visit A Mighty Girl's extensive Outdoor Play section to learn about a wide range of excellent toys and games for children and teens.


    slacklineWhen it’s time to graduate from a ride-on to a two-wheeler, instead of using the typical training wheels, many studies — and more importantly, parents — agree that the best way for a child to learn to ride her own bike is by first mastering balancing. If your child can run, she is ready to try her own balance running bike with the Strider PREbike! She’ll be whizzing up and down the sidewalk in no time, and developing both pre-bicycling skills and confidence, too!

    For more wheel-based fun, check out this cherry blossom skateboard from Punisher Skateboards. All that time on her balancing bike will come in handy as she weaves her way around obstacles and over bumps. This board is 31 inches long, made of Canadian Maple, and is sure to delight girls 6 and older. Continue reading

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