A Mighty Girl Blog

  • I Love My Hair: Picture Books about Mighty Girls and Their Hair

    51ipl2_3mfl_1_[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Long or short, straight or curly, in ponytails, locs, or a ballerina bun -- there are so many wonderful ways Mighty Girls wear their hair! But hair can also be the source of body image insecurity for many girls as they wonder if their hair is too thick or too flat, the wrong color or the wrong texture. And, of course, even if she loves her hair, there’s always the battle when it comes time to pull out the brush and comb.

    In our new blog post, we're sharing stories about Mighty Girls and their hair. Whether they're celebrating their unique hair, wrestling to keep it under control, or donating it to a worthy cause, these Mighty Girls love their hair -- even if they find it a little challenging at times. They also come to recognize that, in the end, it's not the hair that matters: it's the head underneath!

    Most kids will be familiar with the story of Rapunzel, but that’s not the only flight of fancy with amazing hair! In Dalia’s Wondrous Hair / El cabello maravilloso de Dalia by Laura Lacamara (age 3 - 8), Dalia wakes up one morning to discover that her hair has grown “tall and thick as a Cuban royal palm tree.” When her mother wonders what Dalia will do with her wondrous hair, Dalia has an idea and starts plastering her hair with mud and leaves. The next morning, when she carefully unwraps her towering hair, it turns out that her hair has been protecting something very special! This imaginative bilingual picture book is sure to charm nature-loving Mighty Girls. Continue reading

  • Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books for Tweens and Teens

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist, and Carolyn Danckaert, A Mighty Girl Co-Founder

    Earlier this month, we shared our top picks of 2014 Mighty Girl stories for toddlers and young children in our post, 2014 Mighty Girl Books for Younger Readers. Now, it’s time for the tweens and teens! This year’s releases range from fascinating stories of real-life women from history to thought-provoking realistic fiction to imaginative, daring fantasy and science fiction. No matter what your Mighty Girl enjoys reading, there’s a title here that will grab her attention!

    For our favorite picture books and early chapter books from 2014, visit our post on the Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books for Younger Readers. You can view our entire collection of recent Mighty Girl releases in our special feature 2014 Mighty Girl Books: A Year in Review.

    As with all of the books and other resources featured in our blog posts, you can click on any book link below to learn more about an individual title, read reviews, order a copy, or save a book to your wishlist to refer back to later.

    2014 Mighty Girl Fiction for Tweens and Teens

    619aqeropul_1_[1]The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (age 7 - 12): Zita the Spacegirl is back in the exciting conclusion to this graphic novel trilogy. Wrongfully jailed on a prison planet, Zita discovers that the evil prison warden has a villainous plan! If she’s going to rescue the galaxy, though, she’ll have to plan a daring jailbreak — with friends old and new — first.

    The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm (age 8 - 12): Ellie is shocked when she learns that her immortality-obsessed grandpa Melvin has reverse-aged himself to 13 and will be joining her at middle school! Ellie rather enjoys connecting with her grandfather about science and discovery, until she realizes that many of the greatest scientific advances had unforeseen negative consequences.

    A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd (age 8 - 12): 12-year-old Felicity sees words everywhere, but Midnight Gulch is the only place she’s ever seen words like “friend” and “home”. But if she wants to convince her wandering mother to stay there, she’ll have to bring the magic back to Midnight Gulch and figure out how to help heal her mother’s broken heart. Continue reading

  • Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books For Younger Readers

    Julias-House-for-Lost-Creatures-Ben-HatkeBy Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist, and Carolyn Danckaert, A Mighty Girl Co-Founder

    Every year brings great new children’s and young adult book releases, and 2014 was no exception — especially when it comes to books starring Mighty Girls! From fun fantasty to fascinating biographies, from thought-provoking realistic fiction to beautiful works of poetry, there have been dozens of wonderful releases in the past year. In fact, our 2014 Year in Review collection has topped 150 titles!

    In this post, we showcase 35 of our favorite 2014 books for younger readers, including board books, picture books, and early chapter books. This wide assortment of titles feature diverse characters, engaging stories, and creative artwork that are sure to delight your Mighty Girl!

    To learn about our favorite 2014 releases for tweens and teens, check out our post, Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books for Tweens and Teens. You can view our entire collection of recent Mighty Girl releases in our special feature 2014 Mighty Girl Books: A Year in Review.

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  • The Whole Story: Mighty Girl Book Box Sets and Collections

    anne-of-green-gables-seriesBy Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    If there’s anything a reader loves more than a new book, it’s a great new series! A series is an excellent way to encourage kids' interest in reading as they get drawn into a story over several books -- and, for those rabid readers, collections let them find out what happens to their favorite new character without having to wait for the next book to be released!

    There are lots of great book series featuring Mighty Girl characters, and, in this new post, we've highlighted some of our favorite girl-empowering collections for both children and teens. We've included a mix of Mighty Girl classics and recent releases -- all of which will keep her busily reading to find out what happens next!

    And, if you're looking for more girl-empowering books for children and teens, check out our full book collection of over 2,000 titles.  Continue reading

  • Chasing Your Dreams: Mighty Girl Books for the New Year

    Brave+first+year+of+firsts[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    In 2015, who knows what your Mighty Girl will do? A new year is full of possibility, prompting many of us to start dreaming about what new things we’ll do over the next twelve months. To help inspire your Mighty Girl, we’re sharing some of our favorite books about Mighty Girls who take a deep breath and leap with both feet into new experiences!

    Of course, trying new things can be intimidating, and making your new dreams into reality takes persistence and planning. These books will remind your Mighty Girl that, even if it takes courage, time, and hard work, her dreams are always worth striving for!

    And, if you're looking for more stories to help bolster your Mighty Girl's confidence to chase her dreams in the year ahead, check out our blog posts on 15 Self-Esteem Boosting Books for Mighty Girls and Confidence-Building Books for Mighty Girls. Continue reading

  • Mighty Girls, Mighty Dreams: Top 15 Mighty Girl Bedtime Books

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    sleep-like-a-tiger[1]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. And, books about bedtime are a great way to make that ritual calming, soothing, and fun.

    To help get your Mighty Girl ready for bed, we’ve collected fifteen of our favorite bedtime books starring Mighty Girls. Hopefully they’ll help everyone get a good night’s sleep!

    Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (age 0 - 3)

    From waking up painfully early to tantrums when it’s time to leave the playground to splashing water out of the tub, her parents’ cries of “Please, baby, please!” are roundly ignored by this exuberant toddler. But when bedtime rolls around, and a little girl is asking, “Mama, please?” to one last kiss, we all know how the story will end. Fans of this heartwarming story will enjoy seeing the tables turned on the toddlers in a sequel, Please, Puppy, Please. Continue reading

  • Stories of Mighty Women: New Biographies for Adult Readers

    18775337[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    When we share stories about famous women from history, adults in our community often comment that they’re amazed that they’ve never learned about these world-changing women. And, while people love the biographies we post for children and teens, many adults would also like to learn more about these inspiring women. To that end, in our first-ever post filled with reading recommendations for adults and older teen readers, we're sharing twenty books about incredible women of past and present.

    Our recommendations are all biographies with the exception of one remarkable work of historical fiction, The Invention of Wings. Moreover, to help you discover a few of the amazing new biographies which have been recently released, all of our recommended books have been published in the past two years and several are brand new releases.

    Since A Mighty Girl's website does not have a book section for adult readers, you won't find these recommendations on our site; however, we've included links below to Amazon so you can learn more or order individual titles.

    So whether you're looking for a good book to delve into or a last-minute holiday gift for a friend, these women's stories are sure to inspire! Continue reading

  • Beloved Books: A Mighty Girl Community Favorites

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

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    Since the founding of A Mighty Girl two and a half years ago, we've shared many books with our community. While our book collection features over 2,000 girl-empowering titles, there are a number of titles that we've discovered are among the best loved by our supporters. From stories that have been beloved by generations of Mighty Girls to recent releases that have quickly become community favorites, these are the books that have been consistently popular with A Mighty Girl's community.

    In this post, we're sharing 40 of these community favorites. From a board book for toddlers to hefty novels for teen readers, we've included options for Mighty Girls of all ages. Of course, there are many more girl-empowering classics that you can also discover on our website. In two blog posts, we also recently showcased 20 Mighty Girl Classics from before the 1950s and 20 Mighty Girl Modern Classics from the 1950s to the 1980s.

    As with all of our posts, you can click on any book title below to learn more about the book, including read reviews, or order a copy. We hope that one of these community favorites will soon become a favorite of your own Mighty Girl!

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  • Time for Fun and Games: Favorite Games for Mighty Girls

    mighty_girl_temp_78_1[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Whether it’s an activity for a rainy or snowy day, or part of a weekly family game night, there’s nothing more fun than a good game! Card games, board games, video games, and logic games are great entertainment for one or more people and an excellent way to build a variety of skills, from spatial awareness to planning and strategy to social skills like taking turns.

    So if you’d like to wrap a new game or two this holiday, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite games for all ages. This selection encompasses a little bit of everything, from storytelling to puzzle solving, from solitaire games to games for teams. We’re confident you’ll find a game your Mighty Girl will love!

    For even more games as gift inspiration, visit the Games section of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide or our full selection of over 450 games and video games.

    To learn about more of our favorite toys of all varieties for Mighty Girls, including science, building, and pretend play toys, check out our Girl Empowerment Toy Blog Series or visit our 2014 Holiday Guide. Continue reading

  • A New Best Friend: Mighty Girl Dolls and Action Figures

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    wonder-woman-jet1Dolls and figurines have been favorite pretend play toys for hundreds of years, but there are a lot more choices now than there were in the past! Today, dolls and action figures can represent historical figures, popular book, TV, and movie characters, or people from around the world.

    If you’ve been looking for a unique doll or exciting action figure for your Mighty Girl, we’ve put together a collection of some of our favorites! From Mighty Girl role models from history to comic book stars, from children’s book characters to paper dolls, there's a new best friend awaiting every child!

    For even more empowering dolls and action figures, check out the Dolls / Action Figures section of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide or our full selection of over 400 options.

    To learn about more of our favorite toys of all varieties for Mighty Girls, including science, building, and pretend play toys, check out our Girl Empowerment Toy Blog Series or visit our 2014 Holiday Guide. Continue reading

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