A Mighty Girl Blog

  • Taking a Stand Against Bullying: Bullying Prevention Books for Tweens and Teens

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    As kids enter puberty and their bodies and emotions start to change, bullying takes on new challenges: not only do relationships become more complex, but self-esteem is often more fragile and popularity can seem so much more important than it did a few years ago. So it’s particularly important for parents to continue offering their children resources to develop their understanding of relational aggression and bullying! Whether your Mighty Girl prefers to read fiction about the topic, or enjoys a non-fiction guide, there is material in this blog to help her unravel the complexities of bullying in middle school, high school, and beyond.

    For Mighty Girl books on bullying prevention for younger girls, please see the first part of this blog series "The End of Bullying Begins With Me": Bullying Prevention Books for Young Mighty Girls.

    Mean Girls: Fictional Bullies

    Confessions_of_a_Former_Bully_cover_JPEG1[1]Fiction can be a safe way to explore a challenging topic, especially for girls this age, who are acutely aware of the changing social dynamic around them. These books talk about bullying for a variety of reasons and from a variety of perspectives, so that your Mighty Girl can learn more about what bullies during the tween and teen years can be like — and how to deal with them.

    Part of the challenge for older girls can be the realization that almost everyone has engaged in teasing or bullying at some point -- including themselves — so it can help to show that it is possible to make things right if you’ve made a mistake. In Confessions of a Former Bully by Tracy Ludwig (age 8 - 12), Katie starts keeping a notebook about bullying after she’s required to visit the school counselor for bullying a friend on the playground. As Katie explores why she acted as she did, and learns more about bullying in general, she also develops ideas about how to atone for her mistakes. The story also includes sidebars with statistics, quotes, and other factual information about physical, emotional, and Internet bullying. Continue reading

  • "The End of Bullying Begins With Me": Bullying Prevention Books for Young Mighty Girls

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    hundred-dresses“The End of Bullying Begins With Me” is the message of National Bullying Prevention Month and at A Mighty Girl we believe that’s absolutely true! By teaching our children about bullying — what it is, the effects it has on everyone, and the ways that we can stop it — we can work to ensure that bullying becomes a smaller and smaller part of all our lives.

    With that in mind, we’ve put together a series of three blogs featuring great Mighty Girl anti-bullying resources for all ages. In this first part of the series, we’ll showcase books for preschool and early school-aged children that address bullying from a variety of angles, while in the two remaining blogs, we’ll talk about resources for tweens and teens and resources for parents and educators.

    For Mighty Girl books on bullying prevention for older girls, check out our post,Taking a Stand Against Bullying: Bullying Prevention Books for Tweens and Teens. For bullying prevention resources for adults, visit our post, Leading the Way: Bullying Prevention Books for Parents and Educators.

    Of course, these are just a selection of the great anti-bullying books out there. For more books for all ages on bullying, visit our Top Books on Bullying Prevention for Mighty Girls special feature or our Bullying / Teasing section. Continue reading

  • Hot Off The Presses: 25 Early Fall New Releases Starring Mighty Girls

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    August and September are big months for new children's book releases --- which means there are lots of newly published titles starring Mighty Girls! From terrific new picture books to engrossing teen fiction, there have been some excellent books hitting the shelves in the last two months. To help you learn about the standouts and to whet your appetite for the release of our special feature on the best Mighty Girl books of 2014 at the end of the year, we’re sharing a few of our favorite new releases. Whether your Mighty Girl is 3 or 13, we’re sure you’ll find something she’ll love!

    If you'd like to learn more about any of the books featured in our post, just click the title of the book to open its A Mighty Girl page. There, you can read reviews, learn about related books, and order your favorites for your kids.

    To check out our previous round-ups of Mighty Girl book releases, check out our special features: 2012 Year In Review and 2013 Year In Review.


    61fu9smhqpl_1_[1]Be Patient, Pandora by Joan Holub, illustrated by Leslie Patricelli (age 1 - 4)

    “Do not open the box, Pandora!” warns Pandora’s mother, so she doesn’t...but she does touch it, lean on it, sit on it, even jump on it! Unsurprisingly, the box soon flies open, ruining the big batch of cupcakes hidden inside. Fortunately for Pandora, one little cupcake, representing Hope, is still in the box for her and her mother to share. This simple adaptation of the myth of Pandora’s Box, part of the new Mini Myths series, features simple, fun text and hilarious illustrations.

    Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma by Jacky Davis, illustrated by David Soman (age 3 - 5)

    Ladybug Girl is back, and Lulu has a big decision to make — what to be for Halloween! She tries on lots of different costumes, but none of them seems quite right. She hopes for inspiration as her family goes pumpkin picking and takes a hayride, and she finds it in the form of a little girl who needs a helping hand. Maybe the perfect costume has been right under her nose the whole time! Fans of Ladybug Girl will love this book about being true to yourself. Continue reading

  • Here Be Dragons: Books & Costumes For Mighty Girl Dragon Lovers

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    raising-dragons[1]When you talk about fantastic creatures, some people picture fairies, or unicorns, or elves — and some picture dragons! Your Mighty Girl may imagine herself as the daring soul who cows the dragon by force of arm or clever wit, or she might picture herself with a devoted dragon friend, flying to new heights and learning arcane secrets. With versions of dragons in almost every culture, filling every role from devoted mentors to ferocious beasts, there’s probably a dragon to suit any Mighty Girl’s dream.

    So if your Mighty Girl loves all things draconic, she’ll love the products we’re featuring in this blog! Here, she’ll find dragon stories of all kinds — from those based in folklore and fairy tale to those dreamed up by modern imagination — as well as great dress-up options for when her own imagination takes over.

    So get ready for some adventure — here be dragons! Continue reading

  • Witches, Monsters, and Spooky Tales: Mighty Girl Books for Halloween!

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Halloween is coming fast, and most kids’ eyes gleam at the thought: the costumes, the candy, the fun... and, of course, the chance to enjoy some really spooky stories! So that you can stock your bookshelf with some great Mighty Girl books to enjoy this Halloween, we’ve highlighted a few of our seasonal favorites.

    To see even more, as well as films for a Halloween movie night, check out our special feature on the Top Halloween Mighty Girl Books and Films. And, if you're on the lookout for a costume for your Mighty Girl, check out our girl-empowering Halloween Costume Guide.

    Good Witches: Mighty Girl Witch Stories

    cvr9781416986706_9781416986706_lg[1]Not all witches fit the wicked mold — after all, historically, many witches were wise women and healers who ended up on the wrong side of the established political order. Many of the books in our Halloween collection feature witch characters that show off the best of what a witch can be: brave, curious, adventurous, and determined to protect people with every trick she knows. They are a great way to get your child thinking beyond the witchy stereotype!

    The main character in A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Henry Bliss (age 3 - 6) is a curious witch who’s heard lots about scary humans and their Halloween holiday, but never seen any of it... until one Halloween when she finally gets to meet a human girl and realizes that they’re not so scary after all! McGhee tells her story completely in dialogue balloons, making it a fun read — and perfect for a young Mighty Girl who’s slightly nervous about this spooky holiday! Continue reading

  • Protecting “The Books That Will Never Be Written”: Judy Blume’s Fight Against Censorship

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    judy-blume1For decades, Mighty Girls have devoured the works of Judy Blume, from Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret to Forever... to Just As Long As We’re Together. Her characters are compelling to readers because they face real issues — issues like puberty, struggles with friends, sexuality, divorce, and bullying. There’s even a book, Everything I Needed To Know About Being A Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, which features a collection of essays by twenty-four notable women authors about the impact Judy Blume’s novels have had on their lives and writing.

    But what many Mighty Girl readers may not know is that the very topics that made Blume’s work speak so powerfully to them also made them the subject of frequent challenges and bans. Blume has the dubious distinction of being one of the most banned writers in America. In fact, challenges and bans to her books still happen frequently; as a result, in some towns, it is actually harder for kids to get access to her books now than when they were written.

    In the process of defending her books, Blume has emerged as a determined defender of authors’ rights to address controversial issues, even in children’s and young adult literature — and of children's rights to read them. In honor of Banned Books Week, which runs from September 21 to 27, A Mighty Girl is proud to present this tribute to Blume’s efforts to ensure that authors, both present and future, don’t have to face censorship as they write for children. Continue reading

  • Harvest Time! Fabulous Fall Mighty Girl Books

    By Lili Sandler, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

    Autumn is here! The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler, and summer is becoming a memory. Every season brings with it the opportunity to share seasonal books with the Mighty Girl in your life, and this fall is no exception! Keep reading to learn about some of our favorite autumnal stories featuring Mighty Girls.

    And, for seasonal spooky favorites check out our special feature on the Top Halloween Mighty Girl Books & Films.

    Celebrating the Season

    wild-childAs summer turns to fall, there are many reasons to celebrate! The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is celebrated by many people of Chinese heritage around the world. In Grace Lin’s lovely picture book Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, we follow along as the young protagonist shares the traditions of her Chinese-American family’s Moon Festival fun.

    For the youngest autumnal enthusiasts, Alison Inches and Hiroe Nakata have teamed up to present an eye-catching and lyrical book, I Love Fall! Little ones can explore the textures and colors of fall in this little book, all while listening to a charming story! Recommended for ages 0 - 2.

    You can also check out the wordless Autumn board book by Gerda Muller. Part of a series of four wordless books about the seasons, this volume celebrates playing in piles of leaves, collecting nuts for conkers, and making jam to enjoy through the cold months of the year. Recommended for ages 0 - 3.

    In a true ode to the wonders of the season, Autumn becomes personified as a little girl going about the business of avoiding bedtime in Lynn Plourde and Greg Couch’s Wild Child. She needs a song, she needs a snack, she needs new pajamas... And these are all provided by Mother Earth, as the season progresses. With stunning illustrations and text that begs to be read aloud, you’ll have your own autumnal Wild Child on your hands as you read this enchanting tale. Recommended for ages 3 - 7. Continue reading

  • Beloved Books, Part 2: Twenty Mighty Girl Modern Classics

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    61ha9opcydl_1_[1]In our blog Beloved Books: Twenty Mighty Girl Classics, we shared twenty Mighty Girl books from 1950 and earlier that have become favorites of multiple generations. Naturally, though, there are many equally wonderful stories that were written more recently! These are the books from the 1950s to the 1980s that many members of our community grew up reading — and are now beginning to pass on to their own Mighty Girls.

    Although all classics remain popular because they break new ground, these modern classics show the changes to the way Western culture viewed girls and women. The Mighty Girls in these pages tackle difficult social issues, go on hitherto unimagined adventures, and dare to define themselves in daring ways. More diverse characters begin to fill their pages, as well, with more girls of color finally filling the roles of heroes instead of bystanders or companions. Most of all, the girls in these books are no longer portrayed as eccentrics for being daring, courageous, and smart: in fact, for these Mighty Girl authors, that’s just as expected!

    So take a look at our list and see if your favorite Mighty Girl book from your own childhood is on here! One way or another, it’s sure to spur you to share your own list of modern classics with the Mighty Girls in your life.

    Of course, the books featured in this post are only a handful of the wonderful Mighty Girl books available. To browse our collection of over 2,000 girl-empowering books for children and teens, visit our Books section.
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  • Mighty Girls and their Grandparents: Love Through the Generations

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    JooneMany Mighty Girls know how special a relationship with grandparents can be. Whether they’re part of their day-to-day life or a visit with them is a special treat, grandparents can offer a unique family connection to girls of all ages.

    Grandparents’ Day, held on the second Sunday of September, is a day to honor and celebrate that special relationship. To mark Grandparents’ Day, A Mighty Girl is excited to showcase many of our favorite books starring Mighty Girls and their grandparents!

    Joone by Emily Kate Moon (age 3 - 5)

    Joone is not your ordinary girl: she lives in a yurt with her grandfather, who's got just the right spirit of fun to appreciate a granddaughter who loves orange, ice cream, and pet turtles that ride on her hat. Grandpa teaches Joone new things every day, and sometimes she's even able to return the favor -- after all, even a grandfather should know how to make a daisy chain! This charming story celebrates how grandfather and granddaughter sometimes understand one another just perfectly. Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl Tribute to the Work of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    515a2s89qhl_1_[1]Maybe you first heard the name Hayao Miyazaki in 2003, when Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film, and wondered what was so remarkable that had everyone talking; maybe you had long since discovered the wondrous, fantastical works of this visionary writer and filmmaker; or maybe you’ve only just heard about Miyazaki’s work, and you’re wondering which film you might want to check out. Whatever your experience with Miyazaki, or Studio Ghibli, the animation studio he co-founded, chances are good that you’ll recognize the name!

    Miyazaki’s body of work holds a special place with us at A Mighty Girl. In the world of animated films, girls are surprisingly under-represented, especially adventurous, daring girls. Unlike many anime or manga writers — and many children’s media writers in general — Miyazaki's films frequently star strong female characters. And while Western audience often think of animation as a medium strictly for children, Miyazaki’s works range from the fanciful and fun, like Kiki’s Delivery Service, to darker, more complex works that tackle challenging issues, like Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

    51lvmvy0a4l_1_[1]Miyazaki, who is often called “the Walt Disney of Japan”, has also inspired others with his love of traditional hand-drawn animation, his nuanced and complex characters, and his vivid fantasy settings. In fact, much like Walt Disney, the hallmarks of his work are clear, even on Studio Ghibli projects that he did not direct or write. Filmmakers and animators around the world have declared the powerful influence Miyazaki’s work had on their own, including John Lasseter, Akira Kurosawa, and Guillermo del Toro — as well as the creative team behind The Simpsons, which included a scene referencing multiple Miyazaki films in a 2014 episode.

    In honor of Miyazaki’s retirement, A Mighty Girl has put together a tribute to the works of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Here, we’ll share some of his manga comic titles and films, as well as toys, gear, clothing, and decor that celebrate these beautiful stories. If you're a fan of Miyazaki’s work, you’ll find some great products to celebrate your favorite characters, and if you’re new to Miyazaki, we hope this blog will inspire you to check out some of his work. We’re confident that you — and your Mighty Girl — will love Miyazaki as much as millions of other fans do. Continue reading

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