A Mighty Girl Blog

  • Building Her Dreams: Building and Engineering Toys for Mighty Girls

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    girl-drillIt starts the first moment an infant or toddler realizes that one block can balance on another block. Before you know it, building a tower to the sky (and making it crash down!) has become a favorite activity. For many kids, building toys remain favorites throughout childhood, with structures becoming more complex as kids' building skills advance. And once they can incorporate moving parts, budding engineers get to really explore all the incredible things they can put together!

    If you have an amateur architect or engineer on your hands, some intriguing new building toys make a great gift idea! By expanding the materials available for building, you can help kids develop useful skills like fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, planning, and spatial perception — and, of course, let them have a great time doing it!

    With that in mind, in this post, we’re sharing our 40 favorite building toys for kids from toddlers to teens. In addition to these recommendations, you can find more great building toys in our full selection of over 150 Building Toys.

    To learn about our favorite girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2015 Holiday Guide. Continue reading

  • Christmas is Coming: 30 Favorite Mighty Girl Christmas Stories

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    With December fast approaching, the Christmas season is almost here! And what better activity is there to prepare for the holidays than curling up and reading a good book together? For many families, pulling out Christmas stories is a cherished tradition of the holidays — and for others, it’s a tradition they’d like to start.

    In this blog post, we're sharing some of our favorite Christmas stories starring Mighty Girls. We hope that one of these Christmas books will bring a little joy to your holiday season this year! If you'd like to explore A Mighty Girl's entire collection of nearly fifty Christmas stories, visit our Christmas book collection.

    And, to learn about our favorite books celebrating Hanukkah, check out our blog post, The Festival of Lights: 15 Favorite Mighty Girl Hanukkah Stories. Continue reading

  • Beloved Books: Twenty Mighty Girl Classics

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    While there are dozens of great new Mighty Girl books getting published every year, there are also many girl-empowering stories that have been passed down for generations! Times may have changed, but these classic characters still speak to the girls of today just as they did to their grandmothers.

    With that in mind, we're showcasing our favorite classic Mighty Girl stories. These are books that you’re likely to remember from your own childhood — in fact, you may have even been first introduced to them because an adult you know loved them as as child!

    Of course, there are so many of these classic stories that it was hard to narrow down our list, so with that in mind, we’ve split our list of favorites into two parts. In this post, we’re highlighting our twenty favorite stories from 1950 and earlier and we follow-up with a selection of our favorite modern classics in our post Beloved Books, Part 2: Twenty Mighty Girl Modern Classics.

    The classic stories featured below have already been passed down through multiple generations — now is a great time to introduce them to a new generation of Mighty Girls! Continue reading

  • Celebrating Native American & Aboriginal Mighty Girls for Native American Heritage Month

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Buffy Sainte-Marie on Sesame Street Buffy Sainte-Marie on Sesame Street
    When I was a little girl I was taught that there were no Indians. The only time I ever saw Indians was when we visited the stupid natural history museum and they were dead and stuffed like the dinosaurs.... [When Sesame Street] called me up and said that they wanted me to recite the alphabet like everybody else does, and count from one to ten....I said that I wasn’t interested in doing that, but I asked if they had ever done any Native American programming.... I was doing essentially the same thing that I was doing all along, in trying to raise consciousness and spotlight Native America, because it’s fascinating and interesting.” — Buffy Saint-Marie, Canadian-American Cree songwriter, educator, and social activist, in an interview with Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict, June 2009

    Buffy Sainte-Marie’s episodes of Sesame Street started airing in 1975, but sadly, representation of Native American and Aboriginal peoples in media — especially children’s media — continues to be rare. In fact, in a 2012 study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of 3,600 children’s books, less than 1% of them featured Native American or Aboriginal characters.

    Fortunately, there are some great books available featuring Native American and Aboriginal Canadian Mighty Girls! November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States, during which time we recognize the contributions and cultures of the aboriginal peoples of North America.

    To celebrate this heritage month, we’ve put together a selection of wonderful books starring Native American and Aboriginal to share with your children. Whether reading a great piece of historical fiction, a fascinating biography, or a story that features modern Native American girls in their day-to-day lives, they’ll love these stories. And who knows? You might just learn a thing or two yourself! Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's 2015 Halloween Highlights

    We received a record number of photo submissions for our 2015 Halloween Gallery and we're awed by the creativity and variety of these Mighty Girls' amazing costumes. As we've always said, Mighty Girls know that their costume possibilities are limited only by their imaginations and with costumes ranging from ones based on favorite superheroes to ones inspired by historic role models, these Mighty Girls clearly know no bounds!

    In this post, we've showcased a small sample of these incredible costumes -- to browse the nearly 2,000 photos submitted, visit the 2015 A Mighty Girl Halloween Gallery. And, to help you and your Mighty Girl learn more about the wonderful characters and historic figures depicted, we've also linked to our character collection and biography section where relevant.

    And, if you're seeking girl-empowering dress-up clothing or costumes anytime of year, visit our extensive costume collection with options for all ages from infants through adults in A Mighty Girl's Halloween Costume Guide. You can also find Mighty Girl stories for many of the upcoming holidays, including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, in our Holidays & Celebrations collection. Continue reading

  • Family, Feasting, and Thankfulness: Mighty Girl Books About Thanksgiving

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

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    Every November, families in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving -- a special day of family, feasting, and thankfulness! In celebration of the upcoming holiday, we're sharing our favorite Thanksgiving stories starring girls and women. Of special interest to many of our supporters will be two children's biographies about Sarah Hale, the woman responsible for Thanksgiving becoming a national holiday.

    Born in 1788, the little known heroine of Thanksgiving believed that the young nation had too few national holidays that unified people across the country. At the time, Thanksgiving was celebrated in certain states primarily in the North and was observed on different days in different locations. Hale sought to create a single holiday that would help unify the nation around a single day of gratitude for one's blessings. For 36 years, Hale lobbied presidents, governors, and businesspeople to support her cause.

    Finally, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, who saw the benefit of such a unifying holiday during the stress of the U.S. Civil War, supported legislation to establish the new national holiday. With Lincoln's proclamation declaring a national day of Thanksgiving on October 3, 1863, Hale's 36-year quest for Thanksgiving was finally a success.

    Whether it's a biography about the determined Sarah Hale or a fictional story about family fun on Thanksgiving Day, the stories featured in this post are sure to remind your children of all the reasons they have to be grateful! Continue reading

  • The Festival of Lights: 15 Favorite Mighty Girl Hanukkah Stories

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    This year, Hanukkah, the winter Festival of Lights, begins in just a few short weeks on December 6. To help you celebrate the miracle of eight days of light, we're sharing our fifteen favorite Hanukkah books starring Mighty Girls. These books celebrate this special holiday and how it brings families together for eight special nights every winter. Full of joy, fun, and the importance of family tradition, these stories are a perfect way to remember this special holiday.

    For more stories about Mighty Girls celebrating winter holidays, visit our Christmas and Kwanzaa book sections. Continue reading

  • Making and Keeping Friends: Mighty Girl Books About Friendship

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    With the new school year in full swing, Mighty Girls of all ages are renewing old friendships and making new ones. But being a friend is a skill, and like all skills, it takes practice! To help your Mighty Girl navigate the complexities of friendship — from the first introduction to the first big fight — we’ve put together a selection of great books that will help her learn how to be a great friend.

    The recommendations shared in this post are just a small sample of Mighty Girl books on friendship. For hundreds of options for both children and teens, visit our Friendship section. Continue reading

  • Expanding the Story: Mighty Girl Graphic Novels for Teens

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    We've already shown how graphic novels for young readers can explore real life issues and take readers on amazing flights of fancy — but, of course, graphic novels are not just for young readers! Graphic novels aimed at teens can tackle even more challenging material, exploring more complex worlds and characters that are more understandable for an older audience.

    With that in mind, our final blog post in this series on graphic novels showcases graphic novels for teen and adult readers, set in both real-life and fantasy. From exploring the challenges of coming of age for modern teens to tackling difficult social issues such as war, abuse, and addiction, these graphic novels bring greater complexity and depth into the story than titles targeted at younger readers. After all, few things in life are black and white even within a comic strip's panels.

    Don't forget to check out the two previous blogs in our series, Life In Pictures: Mighty Girl Graphic Novels for Young Readers about Real Life and Flights of Fancy: Young Reader Graphic Novels with Fantasy Settings. For our full collection of graphic novels for all ages, check out our Top Graphic Novels Starring Mighty Girls. Continue reading

  • Leading the Way: Bullying Prevention Books for Parents and Educators

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    In order for our Mighty Girls to learn how to stand up against bullying, they need the help of the adults in their lives. Parents, teachers, school administrators, coaches and others in the community can have a powerful impact on children's attitudes toward bullying and how they will respond if they experience or are witness to it. But it can be challenging for adults to know when typical childhood conflict turns into a pattern of bullying, and to decipher when they should step in and when they should let children resolve their own conflicts.

    In this third part of our blog series for Bullying Prevention Month, we focus on resources for parents and educators that explore the problem of childhood bullying and provide strategies for raising caring, kind children and handling those times when children aren’t so kind.

    For Mighty Girl books on bullying prevention for young children, check out our post, The End of Bullying Begins With Me: Bullying Prevention Books for Young Children.. For bullying prevention resources for older kids, visit our post, Taking A Stand Against Bullying: Bullying Prevention Books for Tweens and Teens. Continue reading

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