A Mighty Girl Blog

  • 30 Inspiring Books on Girls & Women of the Civil Rights Movement

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    Our favorite books for children and teens about heroic girls and women of the Civil Rights Movement.

    From the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Greensboro sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, school integrations, the March on Washington, Freedom Summer, the Selma to Montgomery marches, we hear many stories about the pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement, but so many are about the remarkable men in leadership positions at the time. But what of the women? What of the girls? Rosa Parks’ story is a powerful and important one, but surely hers can’t be the only story of courageous girls and women in the Civil Rights era.

    In this post, we highlight numerous books for both children and teens that tell the stories of girls and women's contributions to the monumental events of this period and to the national movement to bring full civil rights and equality under the law to all Americans. By sharing these stories of past champions of civil rights, we can inspire the current generation of Mighty Girls to be the champions of the future. Continue reading

  • To My Mighty Girl With Love: Stories About Parents, Grandparents, and Siblings

    Our favorite Mighty Girl stories about the love between girls and their parents, grandparents, and siblings -- perfect for sharing on Valentine's Day and all year round!

    valentines-blog-website With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s a great time to talk to your Mighty Girl about love — not just romantic love, but the many other kinds of love she’ll encounter in her life. After all, while your Mighty Girl may be years away from experiencing romantic love, she’s sure to have family who love her!

    With that in mind, we've pulled together a selection of girl-empowering books about the love of family to share with your Mighty Girl this Valentine’s Day — and all year round.  There’s no better way to remind her how many people are there to support her, on Valentine’s Day and throughout her life!

    Of course, there’s lots of love outside families as well. To talk to your Mighty Girl about the love between friends, you can find many of our favorite books in our blog post Making and Keeping Friends: Mighty Girl Books about Friendship. And, for books for tweens and teens about romantic love, check out our blog post Valentine’s Day Books for Tweens and Teens.

    No Matter What: Book About A Parent's Love

    Whether your Mighty Girl was born into your family or you found one another through adoption, the love of a parent is a powerful presence in her life. These books will teach her the strength of that love, and how, no matter what happens, it will be there to support her. Continue reading

  • Broadening the Story: 40 Picture Books Starring Black Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's favorite fictional stories for young readers starring black Mighty Girls.

    broadening-the-story-blog-websiteAll children love seeing faces like theirs within the pages of their picture books, but it can be hard to find books starring kids of color: a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison determined that only 3.3% of children’s and young adult books starred black characters. Greater diversity in books not only gives children of color an opportunity to see themselves in stories but also helps broaden the perspective of all children by fostering children's sense of empathy and connection with characters who might look different from themselves.

    As part of A Mighty Girl's celebration of Black History Month, we're sharing forty of our favorite stories of everyday life starring black Mighty Girls for toddlers, preschoolers, and younger elementary school readers. Whether they're fixing robots or outsmarting foxes, going to the library or dancing on stage, these Mighty Girl characters exude confidence and happiness — and with the support of devoted friends and family, there's nothing they can't do!

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  • A Time of Change: Talking with Tweens and Teens about their Bodies

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for tween and teen girls about puberty, sexuality, and their changing bodies.

    amg-body-blog-older-websiteYou knew it would happen one of these days: your daughter is a tween. Maybe you just realized that she’s looking eye-to-eye with you, or perhaps you’re seeing breast budding or other early signs of puberty. Or, your daughter is a teen, and while she thinks she knows everything about her changing body, you want to make sure that she has accurate information and good resources to consult.

    Fortunately, in this post, we have many great books to recommend for both tweens and teens — in addition to numerous helpful resources for parents themselves. If your Mighty Girl is a bit younger, check out our previous post on Body Smart, Body Safe: Talking with Younger Girls about their Bodies for resources for preschoolers and younger elementary students. You can also learn about our recommendations on menstruation-related resources in our post Teaching Your Mighty Girl About Her Menstrual Cycle.

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  • Body Smart, Body Safe: Talking with Young Children about their Bodies

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for young children about their bodies and body privacy.

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    Since the moment someone said, “It’s a girl” or “It’s a boy”, sex has been part of your child’s life. And while there has been at least one highly publicized (and debated) effort to raise a baby without gender, the truth is that, sooner or later, every child will notice how their body is the same, or different, from other bodies. But while conversations about bodies and sex can be awkward for parents, they’re important even for a preschooler or elementary aged child.

    There are many reasons why you should start talking to kids about sex and bodies in age-appropriate ways. One is to take the mystery away from genitalia: if you cheerfully label “ear”, “arm”, and “knee” but refer vaguely to “private parts” or use euphemisms, children may think that there is something wrong, dangerous, or scary about this part of their bodies. Another is to give your child clear language for health issues: if your child says she is “itchy down there” after a summer day trip, a care provider may be looking for poison ivy and not a yeast infection from a wet bathing suit.

    Equally importantly is preparing your child to talk about puberty (which we'll discuss in the second part of this blog, Talking with Tweens and Teens about their Bodies) “Puberty!?” I can hear you thinking. “She’s only 5!” And yet approximately 25% of girls experience breast budding, the first stage of puberty, at age 8 or 9 — third grade — and her first period will generally follow two to three years after the appearance of breast buds. If the girl in your life is an early bloomer, she may experience these changes before you are expecting them. But if you have been open and forthcoming with information about her body in the past, she will know that she can approach you with her questions. Continue reading

  • On The Move All Year Round: 30 Toys and Games for Indoor Active Play

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of indoor toys and games to keep Mighty Girls active even when it's cold outside!

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    When it's cold outside, kids are often stuck inside for much of the day — but that doesn't mean they can't stay active! It only takes a few fun toys and games to get kids moving and keep bodies healthy and brains busy. If you're a parent or educator looking for ways to burn off kids' extra energy indoors, we've highlighted our favorite indoor active play toys and games in this blog post. From ride-ons to balance boards to relay games, the featured toys will get hearts pumping and kids laughing! It's the perfect way to keep kids of all ages active until they can get outside again! Continue reading

  • Mighty Girls, Mighty Dreams: 25 Mighty Girl Bedtime Books

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    In order to be ready for her daring, adventurous days, your Mighty Girl needs to get a good night’s rest! But it can be hard settling down for sleep when there’s an exciting world out there to be discovered. Most kids love the chance to curl up and read together with the people they love as a way to wind down before bed. Whether you're reading a book about bedtime, or just one that gets her into a quiet, contemplative mood, bedtime books can make those last few minutes one of the favorite parts of her day — and yours.

    To help get your kids ready for bed, we’re showcasing 25 of our favorite bedtime books starring Mighty Girls. Hopefully, these stories — ranging from the sweet and fanciful to the clever and funny — will help everyone in the family get a good night’s sleep!

    If you'd like to find books to read together with older children who have moved beyond picture books, check out the recommendations in our special collection of 150 Read Aloud Books Starring Mighty Girls. Continue reading

  • Making an Impact: Mighty Girl Books About Charity and Community Service

    mlk1On January 19, the United States recognizes the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader who famously said "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" To honor King’s memory, since 1994 this federal holiday has also been celebrated as a day of service. The website for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service encourages people to think of the holiday as “a day on, not a day off” by volunteering for local causes.

    In addition to contributing time to good causes, this day also provides an excellent opportunity to talk about service, charity, and generosity with children. By providing concrete examples of ways to help and showing them that their efforts do make a difference, parents and educators can encourage children and youth to be socially minded. Then they can turn their creative minds toward finding solutions to the problems they see around them!

    With that in mind, A Mighty Girl has collected a series of resources that emphasize the value of charity, community service, and giving. Whether your Mighty Girl decides to contribute time, talent, or treasure to a charitable cause, these books will help her understand the value of compassion and generosity. And, if you’d like volunteering to become a part of your family’s life, there is a selection of parenting books to help guide you on getting started.

    So why not find a way that you and your Mighty Girl can volunteer together throughout the year? You and your Mighty Girl will be amazed at the rewards that giving can bring. Continue reading

  • Top 2015 Mighty Girl Books for Tweens and Teens

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    Earlier this month, we shared our top picks of 2015 Mighty Girl stories for toddlers and young children in our post, Top 2015 Mighty Girl Books for Young Children. This year's releases included a bounty of girl-empowering fiction and biographies for both middle grade and young adult readers. In this blog post, we're sharing many of our favorites from the past year. With such a wide diversity of books ranging from realistic fiction to fantasy -- all starring Mighty Girl protagonists -- there's sure to be a title to intrigue every reader young and old alike!

    For our favorite picture books and early chapter books from 2015, visit our post on the Top 2015 Mighty Girl Books for Young Children. You can also view our entire collection of recent Mighty Girl releases in our special feature 2015 Mighty Girl Books: A Year in Review.

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  • Ignite Her Curiosity: 20 Books Starring Science-Loving Mighty Girls

    rosie4A great way to encourage girls' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields is by sharing stories starring girls and women who love science and technology! Seeing female faces as scientists, whether in the lab or out in the field, is a powerful message to girls that these subjects are open to all. And, while introducing them to real-life women in STEM through biographies is important, fictional stories showing science-loving girls and women are another excellent way to entice girls with the unlimited possibilities before them.

    With that in mind, we're showcasing our favorite fictional books for both children and teens starring Mighty Girls who love science, engineering, and math. With options ranging from the fun and fanciful to the more contemplative, you're sure to discover a title to excite every budding scientist or engineer, girls and boys alike — after all, both need to learn that science is for everyone!

    If you're looking for books for children and teens about real-life female scientists, you can find dozens of titles in our Science Biographies section. And, for toys and science kits to further support her interests, check out the recommendations in our blog posts: Wrapped Up In Science: Top 40 Science Toys for Mighty Girls and Building Her Dreams: Building and Engineering Toys for Mighty Girls. Continue reading

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