A Mighty Girl

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  • Mighty Girls Go Green: 15 Books for Earth Day

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    lolo-greenWith Earth Day fast approaching, it’s a great time to talk to your Mighty Girl about ways she can help protect the environment! Small lifestyle changes in each household add up to big changes globally, and it’s inspiring for kids to know that they can make an impact. This part of our blog series about environmentally-themed resources shares a variety of books that will show your Mighty Girl how everyone can participate in making the effort to make the world a little greener.

    For films starring girls and women as environmental heroes, check out our first blog in this series, Mighty Girls Save The World: Environmental Films Starring Girls and Women.

    Mighty Girl Earth Day Books

    Eco Babies Wear Green by Michelle Sinclair Colman, illustrated by Natalie Dion (age 0 - 2)

    Even the littlest Mighty Girls can learn about green living! This board book shows babies who love nature, carpool, eat locally-grown foods, and do lots of other things to affect their impact on the environment. Babies and young toddlers can’t choose for themselves to live green, so this is a great book to introduce the idea from the very beginning of your child's life. Continue reading

  • Yom HaShoah: A Mighty Girl Recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Week

    catsBy Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

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

    In 2014, April 28 marks Holocaust Remembrance Day: Yom HaShoah in Hebrew. Each year, we take time to remember those who died — and those who survived — in 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 blogs. 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.

    Our highlighted books here represent a small sample of A Mighty Girl's Holocaust literature collection. To view the full collection, visit our section on WWII & The Holocaust. Continue reading

  • Mighty Girls Save the World: Environmental Films Starring Girls and Women

    51it0kwph4l_1_[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Since 1970, Earth Day has grown from a one-time event involving 20 million Americans to an annual global day of awareness involving more than 22,000 organizations in 192 countries. On April 22 and throughout the month of April, people everywhere focus on the wonders of our amazing planet and the need to protect it.

    In preparation for Earth Day, A Mighty Girl will provide a variety of resources that parents and educators can use to introduce environmental issues and concerns to children. We begin our new blog series with this post showcasing girl-empowering movies with an environmental theme. These films showcase the beauty and fragility of the Earth and both the fictional and real Mighty Girls and women who have worked to protect it.

    So curl up with your Mighty Girl and share one of these great films; they’re sure to get her thinking about how she could change the world. Continue reading

  • Play Ball Like A Mighty Girl! Top Picks for Baseball & Softball Lovers

    By Lili Sandler, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

    April has arrived, and with it, baseball and softball season! Both iconic and poetic, few games have captivated the American public year after year with the same level of passion and devotion. While baseball has, unfortunately, remained a male-dominated sport in the professional realm, its steadfast allure has earned it a place in the heart of many a Mighty Girl, young and old alike.

    For that reason, we have pulled together a list of some of our favorite books, toys, clothes, and more for the baseball and softball lover in your life. Whether watching her favorite team on TV or at the ballpark, learning about women’s roles in the history of baseball and softball, tossing a ball around in her own backyard, or playing on a real live team, if you know a Mighty Girl with an interest in America’s pastime, there’s sure to be something for her here!

    WOMEN IN BASEBALL HISTORY

    players-in-pigtailsWhile girls and women have always been interested in the game of baseball (Vassar College boasts an all-girl’s baseball team as early as 1866, only 9 years after the first national baseball association was formed) their ability to play at a professional level was limited to only 12 seasons. From 1943 - 1954, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) was home to more than 600 women athletes who played for 15 different teams throughout the midwestern United States. Many books have been published discussing the history of the AAGPBL, several of which you can find in our baseball and softball section.

    For a survey of the AAGPBL and an introduction to some of the players therein, readers 10 and up will enjoy Sue Macy’s A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In it, Macy addresses many of the societal issues the young women of the time were forced to deal with in order to play ball, as well as the economic issues of running a baseball league.

    A well-known and equally-loved movie, Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own tells the story of the AAGPBL through the eyes of a pair of sisters who play for the Rockford Peaches. Starring Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Tom Hanks, this film is recommended for ages 9 and up. Continue reading

  • Special Friends: Mighty Girls and Their Dolls, Stuffed Animals, and Imaginary Friends

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    knuffle-bunnyFor some, it’s a blankie; for others a doll; and for others, a creature entirely of their own imagination! It’s a rare child who doesn’t form a special relationship with a toy or imaginary friend at some point in their life. And while some adults forget how important that relationship can be, others remember how that special friend was the one they could always count on. That’s why there are some amazing books capturing the importance, intensity, and value of all manner of special friends.

    To celebrate that unique relationship, we’ve put together a collection of books that star Mighty Girls and their dolls, stuffed animals, imaginary friends, and other, more surprising creatures. Your Mighty Girl will love reading about how these characters and their friends interact — and the stories might just have you digging through attics and storage boxes looking for an old friend of your own!

    And, if these stories inspire you to find a new special friend for your Mighty Girl, you can find many girl-empowering dolls and stuffed animals in our Dolls & Action Figures collection. Continue reading

  • Buds, Books, and Bikes: A Mighty Girl Celebrates Spring!

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    After a long winter, the first signs of spring are a welcome sight! Whether your winter has been snowy, icy, rainy, or just grey, spring always seems to bring new energy to everyone — including Mighty Girls. To celebrate the first day of spring, we’ve put together a collection of books and toys that recognize all the joys this season brings.

    Celebrating The Changing Season: Books About Spring

    listening-walkFor the youngest Mighty Girls, changing seasons are especially fascinating! The world, while still familiar, changes around them as days grow longer and the weather changes. By reading these Mighty Girl books, you’ll give her an idea what to expect and introduce her to the joys that come with spring.

    Toddlers will love the Spring Board Book by Gerda Muller (age 0 - 3). One of a series of four wordless books about the seasons, this book showcases all the special things that come with spring — sowing seeds in a garden, playing with lambs, painting Easter eggs, and spotting baby birds. It’s a great way to introduce the season while also fostering imagination and creativity as you talk about the pictures with her.

    Another book to inspire your Mighty Girl to think about spring is The Listening Walk by Paul Showers (age 3 - 7). A little girl and her father go on a walk during which no talking is allowed. As they take an unhurried stroll, the sounds they hear hint at all the activity of people and animals in the neighborhood. This revised edition of a classic title features color illustrations that showcase a diverse contemporary community. It’s sure to inspire your own listening walk! Continue reading

  • Mighty Careers: I Want To Be A Pilot!

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

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    In our new Mighty Careers series, we celebrate careers that your Mighty Girl may be dreaming of pursuing one day. In each blog, we’ll profile a career role model and provide recommendations for books, toys, clothing, and even room decor to help inspire your Mighty Girl. Whether she’s three or thirteen, there will be resources to help her learn more about her dream job, imagine herself living it, and let the world know what she hopes to be when she grows up.

    This post is dedicated to all the Mighty Girls who dream of taking to the skies and all of the trailblazing women pilots who have come before them! Currently, with women accounting for only 6% of licensed pilots, we are still very much in the minority but we’re betting this next generation of Mighty Girls is going to change that.

    If your Mighty Girl can’t wait for the day she gets to lay her hand on the controls of a real airplane or you'd like to encourage her interest, this post provides recommendations for girl-empowering books, toys, clothing, and room decor that celebrate a love of flight. So put your seat backs and tray tables in their upright and locked position, and prepare for takeoff! With a determined Mighty Girl at the helm, she’s sure to soar to great heights.

    To read the first two posts in our new Mighty Careers series, check out: I Want To Be An Astronaut! and I Want To Be A Wildlife Biologist!. Continue reading

  • Erin Go Bragh! Happy Saint Patrick's Day from A Mighty Girl

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! If you want to explore this celebration of all things Ireland more deeply than wearing green, we invite you to peruse A Mighty Girl's selection of resources highlighting Irish culture and folklore. These books, movies, and toys will give your Mighty Girl an introduction to the vibrant, deep culture that Ireland has to offer -- and the place of Mighty women and girls within it.

    Art, Music, and Dance

    Kathleen_CelticKnotIreland has a rich artistic and cultural life, most famously in music and dance. Irish stepdancing, in which the upper body is held stationary while the legs perform fast dance steps, has grown enormously popular in North America recently, but its elaborate steps and costumes have been a part of life in Ireland for decades.

    In Kathleen: the Celtic Knot by Siobhan Parkinson (age 9 - 12), 12-year-old Kathleen is living through the consequences of the Irish Depression of the 1930s. Her father is out of work, and the family is struggling. She wishes she could live with her beloved Aunt Polly, whose life seems glamorous and carefree. After being late for school once too often, one of the nuns recommends dance lessons to give her focus -- and Kathleen discovers to her delight that she is a natural, even being selected to participate in a feis (dance contest) at the end of the year. But how will her family ever afford the expensive costume necessary? This book, part of American Girl’s Girls of Many Lands series, will have your Mighty Girl picturing herself in Kathleen’s dancing shoes.

    If your Mighty Girl is musical, she can learn to play simple Irish tunes, perfect for dancing to, on a tin whistle -- it is easy to play and perfect for carrying with her to catch moments of practice here and there. Clarke’s Celtic tin whistle in D comes in a gift box that includes a fingering chart and five Celtic tunes, including two from Ireland. It’s small enough for girls as young as 3 to play, making it a terrific first musical instrument as well. Continue reading

  • Celebrating Women's History in Pictures: Picture Books for Women's History Month

    ?????By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Few things are as fascinating to a child as realizing that the amazing “character” and “story” she just read are true — that these things really happened, and that the person who did them was real. Not only is it a great way for kids to learn about historical figures, both famous and obscure, but it’s tremendously inspiring to know that they, too, could grow up to change the world.

    So what better way to celebrate Women’s History Month with your child than with some great picture book biographies? We’ve put together a list of great picture books about figures in women’s history, which we selected based on the high quality of their writing and illustrations. We’ve also included quite a few new releases: books that you may not have discovered yet, but are sure to become a cherished part of your picture book library.

    Of course, great biographies are available for readers of all ages! You can always go to our biography section and then use the menu on the left to sort by age to find the perfect biography for your Mighty Girl.

    Just Being Audrey, by Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Julia Denos: She was a child in Nazi-occupied Europe, then a movie star and a fashion icon. But most importantly, she had a spirit of kindness and compassion that shone through everything she did. This biography of Audrey Hepburn explores how a little girl growing up through a war would become a beloved celebrity and humanitarian. Continue reading

  • Celebrating Mighty Girl Heroes: Ten Women You Might Not Know, But Should

    British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested by police outside Buckingham Palace in 1914 British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested by police outside Buckingham Palace in 1914

    By Jennifer de Beer, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

    Do you know the name of the Polish social worker who rescued 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII? How about the name of America’s first female self-made millionaire? Can you name a British suffrage movement leader who Time Magazine declared to be one of the most important people of the 20th century? Or the name of a real-life woman pirate?

    While we always delight in hearing about the achievements of women in history, there are some names that get much more attention than others. Children and adults of today are likely to be very familiar with the experiences of Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller -- and rightly so. However, there are many other talented, courageous, and remarkable women who also deserve to have their stories told, but whose names are far less familiar.

    We have gathered together a list of ten of these women, whom you may not recognize, but whose journeys are more than worthy of your attention. Sometimes these women have been relegated to the footnotes of history books, their experiences almost entirely glossed over. Yet, each woman made significant contributions or noteworthy strides in her lifetime.

    In addition to the descriptions listed below, you will find their stories within our collection of over 400 biographies of remarkable girls and women. We also share many stories of Mighty Girl heroes of yesteryear and today on our Facebook page.

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