A Mighty Girl Blog

  • 75 Mighty Girl Books for Tweens' Summer Reading List

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering books for middle grade readers!

    One of the great joys of summer for avid young readers is the opportunity to explore books all on their own! Tweens are ready for intriguing, original, and complex stories, which means that middle grade readers can find titles perfect for them in every genre. And with new titles coming out all the time — many of them starring Mighty Girl characters — there is an ever-growing selection of books to choose from!

    Whether your tween is looking for an imaginative fantasy novel or a suspenseful mystery, a hilarious romp or a thrilling story of adventure, the empowering titles in our new blog post will keep her flipping through pages all summer long! Both classic novels and new releases are included, so you can encourage your tween to read a book you remember fondly from your own childhood, or help her discover a new favorite. With a wide range of diverse, courageous, and determined Mighty Girls at the center of the story, your young reader is sure to find a character she loves. Continue reading

  • Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

    Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that most people expect. And parents: children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.

    In ten percent of child drownings, an adult will actually watch them drown and have no idea what is happening.

    By Mario Vittone

    The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the owners who were swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. “Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not ten feet away, their nine-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, “Daddy!” Continue reading

  • Meet the Mighty Women of NASA's New Astronaut Class

    From an aerospace engineer to a helicopter pilot to a microbiologist, these five remarkable women will help lead the way in space exploration!

    NASA's newest class of astronaut candidates has just been announced, and it includes five inspiring women! NASA received a record-breaking number of applicants for this astronaut class — over 18,000 in all — and the class itself has twelve members, their largest since the year 2000. "These women and men deserve our enthusiastic congratulations," said retired astronaut and Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa. "Children all across the United States right now dream of being in their shoes someday. We here at NASA are excited to welcome them to the team and look forward to working with them to inspire the next generation of explorers."

    The astronaut candidates have two years of training in front of them before they're ready to break Earth's atmosphere, but in the meantime, space-loving Mighty Girls have five new role models to look up to! In this blog post, we introduce you to these five remarkably talented women. And, to inspire children who dream of their own careers in space, at the end of the post, we've showcased a variety of girl-empowering books and toys about shooting for the stars! Continue reading

  • 12 Creative Father’s Day Gifts for Mighty Dads

    A Mighty Girl's favorite books of humor and inspiration to honor Mighty Dads and their special 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

  • A Father's Love: 30 Books About Dads & Daughters

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

    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

  • Wonder Woman Rises: Books, Toys, and Clothing Celebrating The Iconic Superhero

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of Wonder Woman-themed books, toys, clothing, and costumes for children and adults.

    For seventy-five years, Diana of the Amazons — better known to the world as Wonder Woman — has been thrilling fans young and old! The DC superhero has been an icon of feminism, a champion of peace and truth, and an inspiration to girls in particular, presenting them with a strong, powerful female pop culture role model. And with the live-action Wonder Woman movie about to hit theaters, excitement is building — and a whole new generation of Mighty Girls is ready to see their hero on the big screen!

    To celebrate Wonder Woman's rise, we've put together a blog post showcasing our favorite Wonder Woman-themed books, toys, costumes, and clothing for both children and adults. No matter your age, there's plenty of ways that you can let your love of Wonder Woman shine! Continue reading

  • 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.

    “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 in celebration of June's Pride Month — 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

  • The Ultimate Guide to Girl-Empowering Graphic Novels for Kids

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of 50 girl-empowering graphic novels for children.

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    While many people think of graphic novels as "just comic books", the truth is that a good graphic novel doesn't simplify a story: instead, it amplifies it, drawing out details and adding emotional weight. For young or reluctant readers, in particular, a graphic novel format makes it easier to understand more complex stories. In fact, we'd argue that high-quality graphic novels are a key part of any library!

    With the growing popularity of this literary form, there's been a tremendous increase in the number of graphic novels published in recent years, including ones for children. To help you discover the best girl-empowering titles, we've showcased 50 of our favorite Mighty Girl graphic novels in this blog post. The first half focuses on graphic novels that are fantasy driven, while the second half highlights ones that are grounded in real-life — but no matter the theme, all of the graphic novels featured tell the stories of smart, confident, and courageous Mighty Girls!

    For girl-empowering graphic novels for teen and adult readers, check out our blog post, Expanding the Story: Mighty Girl Graphic Novels for Teens. You can also browse our entire collection of over 150 graphic novels for all ages starring girls and women in our special feature on the Top Graphic Novels Starring Mighty Girls. Continue reading

  • Dancing Her Heart Out: 18 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 Different Way of Thinking: 18 Books About Autistic Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books starring autistic girls and guides for autistic girls and their parents.

    If you've been following the news, you've probably heard about Sesame Street's new character: an autistic Muppet named Julia. Even five years ago, it would have been almost unthinkable for a character with autism to appear on a mainstream children's television show, especially with the goal of inclusion and acceptance. But while Julia and other characters like her represent a major step forward, autism is still the subject of significant misunderstanding and prejudice. And the problems caused by lack of awareness are often magnified for girls, who are less frequently diagnosed and often show a different pattern of behaviors than autistic boys.

    Recent books like In A Different Key: The Story of Autism and NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity are helping adults understand that autism represents not just a set of problems to overcome, but a different way of thinking and experiencing the world. But kids, tweens, and teens, who will almost certainly encounter autistic peers during their lives, need to learn the same — so it's particularly important to share stories and resources about girls on the autism spectrum with autistic and neurotypical kids alike!

    In this blog post, we've showcased a variety of resources to foster not just awareness, but acceptance of people with autism. From fiction starring autistic characters, to guides for autistic girls, to books that can help parents and educators support and encourage autistic kids to achieve their full potential, these books serve as a reminder that, while autism may be an important part of a person's story, what's more important is for all of us to recognize them as talented, interesting, and unique individuals. Continue reading

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