A Mighty Girl Blog

  • Pack It Up: Empowering Backpacks for Mighty Girls

    Our top picks of backpacks for children and teens that reflect Mighty Girls' diverse interests.

    backpacks-blog-2016-webWhether you're looking for a new backpack for school, need something to tote stuff for sleepovers, or want a heavy-duty, high-capacity daypack for hikes and traveling, it's important that the bag you pick can take everything your Mighty Girl has to throw at it! At the same time, backpacks are a fun way to reflect a child's interests and a tween's or teen's personality. The best backpacks are the ones that both go the distance and capture the wide array of interests of the Mighty Girls in our lives!

    With that in mind, we've put together a selection of 50 of our favorite backpacks for kids, from toddlers to teens. In the first half of this post, we've showcased a variety of backpacks in fun, colorful patterns that cover a wide variety of themes ranging from animals to science, and then in the second half, we've shared some of our favorite backpacks featuring Mighty Girl characters, including site favorites such as Wonder Woman, Inside Out, and Doc McStuffins. We're confident there's one every Mighty Girl will love! Continue reading

  • 30 Essential Guides For Mighty Girls in Middle School, High School, and Beyond

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of resources for girls entering middle school, high school, or college this year -- and their parents!

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    Parents of younger Mighty Girls looking for books about school can find recommendations in our first post in the series: Back to School Time: 40 Books About Mighty Girls’ Adventures at School.

    By the time your child is a tween or teen, you might think that they’ve got this whole “school” thing down — but in reality, the transitions to middle school, high school, and post-secondary education are all just as significant as that first step through the kindergarten doors. And beyond finding their bearings in a new school, they also have to adjust to increasing independence and start thinking about the career direction they have to take. Put it all together and it’s no wonder that tweens and teens report being stressed out by school!

    Fortunately, there are some great books out there to help tweens, teens, and their parents get used to all of these changes. Whether she’s looking for advice on changing classes for the first time, figuring out how to navigate increasingly complicated social waters, handling living independently at college, or wondering what kind of career might suit her, there’s a book here to help.

    And for parents who are looking at this rapidly-changing creature in front of them — seemingly a little girl one moment and a grown woman the next — there are books to help understand how your relationship dynamic is changing and what she’s going through behind those school and bedroom doors.
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  • A New Land, A New Life: Mighty Girl Books About the Immigrant Experience

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about Mighty Girl immigrants historically and in modern times.

    immigration-blog-webIt takes courage, determination, and hope to travel hundreds or thousands of miles and start a new life in an unfamiliar country, and yet for generations, people have immigrated into new lands and cultures in search of a better life. While many things have changed about the immigrant experience over time, some things remain the same: new immigrants face unfamiliar customs and sometimes new languages, and a challenging balance between blending in to their new home and maintaining the traditions they loved from their old one.

    A great way to help new immigrants realize that they're not alone in their struggles — and to build empathy among the people in their neighborhoods — is to share stories about the lives and experiences of immigrants both past and present. With that in mind, we're sharing a selection of Mighty Girl stories about coming to a new country, and all the excitement, anxiety, and adjustment that entails. By reading these stories, young readers — whether they were born in their countries or came from another one — will come to understand why people will leave behind everything they know to come to a new country and how we all benefit from the diversity that immigrants bring to our communities. Continue reading

  • Back to School Time: 40 Books About Mighty Girls' Adventures at School

    A Mighty Girl's favorite stories focused on helping young children prepare for school and celebrating back-to-school time!

    back-to-school-blog-younger-children-webIt can be easy for adults to forget that, for kids, school is an adventure: sometimes exhilarating, sometimes nerve-wracking, and always full of new experiences! Each year at school, kids face new challenges like building relationships with peers, meeting new expectations from teachers, and discovering their own talents and gifts. And, like any time you start an adventure, it helps to be prepared — with a few good books to reassure Mighty Girls that they're ready to take on whatever comes their way!

    Whether your Mighty Girl is starting school for the first time, moving to a new school, or just anticipating the start of a new year, these books will help her feel prepared. By answering some of her questions about what it will be like — and reassuring her that there are wonderful things to learn and do there — you can help your Mighty Girl get excited about her first day.

    If you have a young child who is just starting school for the first time, you can also find girl-empowering books focused on calming first day jitters in our blog post, The Big Day: 15 Picture Books About Mighty Girls Starting School.
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  • Damsels in Charge: 25 Fairy Tales Starring Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering reimaginings of twelve traditional fairy tales from Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty!

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    It’s a rare person who hasn’t heard traditional fairy tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, and more — in fact, variants of stories like these exist in most world cultures! But one of the most evocative aspects of fairy tales is how they change to suit the times... and in a time when Mighty Girl stories are in great demand, it’s no surprise that there are some terrific empowering spins on classic fairy tales!

    If you’d like to show your children how familiar themes can be explored in new and different ways, we’ve collected some of our favorite versions of Mighty Girl fairy tales. Sometimes they’re versions from different cultures; sometimes they explore how a story could have happened differently; and sometimes they move the story to a new time — or even into outer space! But every one showcase a daring, clever, and heroic Mighty Girl!

    The fairy tales recommended here are only a small fraction of the girl-empowering fairy tales available on A Mighty Girl. For over 200 fairy tales and folktales starring Mighty Girls, visit our Fairy Tales & Folktales book collection. Continue reading

  • The Mighty Women Summer Reading List for Adults

    50 Biographies about Inspiring Women for Older Teen & Adult Readers

    summer-2016-adult-biographies-webWhen 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 — just in time for the peak of summer vacation season — we've showcased 50 books for adult and older teen readers about incredible women of the past and present.

    The stories of women from all walks of life — scientists and entertainers, writers and rebels, athletes and adventurers — show the remarkable and often unrecognized contributions that women have made to our world. Equally importantly, their determination to pursue their dreams is profoundly inspiring, a reminder that each of us can make our own contributions. 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 order individual titles or learn more about each book.

    And, if you're looking for reading recommendations for the children and teens in your life, we shared many of our favorite new and recent releases as part of our Summer Reading Series -- to learn more, visit our blog posts on picture books, early chapter books, books for tweens, and books for teens or browse our entire collection of over 2,500 girl-empowering titles. Continue reading

  • Celebrating a Love of Reading: Mighty Girl Stories about Books, Libraries, and Literacy

    For over 40 years, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has celebrated International Literacy Day. On their Literacy Day web page UNESCO emphasizes why literacy is so important: it is “the foundation of all learning... a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development.”

    To mark International Literacy Day, A Mighty Girl has put together a collection of our favorite books about reading and literacy featuring Mighty Girl characters. These books celebrate the love of reading, the value that books bring to our lives, and the incredible joy and pride that comes with learning this critical skill. We encourage you and your own Mighty Girl to sit down, curl up, and enjoy these very special books!

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  • The Big Day: 15 Picture Books About Mighty Girls Starting School

    A Mighty Girl's favorite picture books about Mighty Girls starting preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.

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    The first day of school is exciting, but it's also a little nerve wracking, even for the bravest of Mighty Girls! For kids starting preschool or kindergarten, the big questions are likely to be about what school is like, how they'll manage missing Mom and Dad, and whether they'll make friends. Children moving up to first grade may also wonder if they're up for the increased expectations and bigger challenges that come with no longer being brand new to school.

    Fortunately, there are some great picture books out there to help reassure kids that they can handle whatever comes their way at school. These books provide helpful tips in age appropriate ways — and equally importantly, get kids giggling about how the Mighty Girls in the stories get through their own first days at school. Continue reading

  • Fantastic Adventures and Amazing Tales: Encouraging Creative Writing and Storytelling

    A Mighty Girl's recommendations for books, toys, and activities to inspire a lifelong love of writing and storytelling in kids of all ages.

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    If there’s one thing anyone who spends time around young kids knows, it’s that they are born storytellers! Children’s vivid imaginations and lack of preconceptions make for wild, fascinating, unexpected stories, and during their toddler and preschool years, we encourage them to explore and elaborate on their inventions. And most kids are thrilled when they start learning to write — finally, they have the opportunity to make their vision permanent, and share their ideas whenever they please.

    But as kids move through elementary school and beyond, it’s all too easy for them to lose their love of writing and storytelling. The scrutiny of teachers and peers can make kids doubt their ability to create a “good” story, and too often writing becomes a chore, rather than a pleasure.

    Fortunately, that’s not the way things have to end! It is possible to kids to keep their love of telling a good story, and develop it into a lifelong passion — and for some, even a career. This blog post provides a selection of books, toys, and activities for all ages that will get your child’s creative writing juices flowing. And who knows? You might find your own fingers itching for paper and pen… Continue reading

  • 40 Young Adult Books Starring Mighty Girls For Every Teen's Summer Reading List

    A Mighty Girl's favorite new releases and old time favorites to keep her reading all summer long!

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    For teens, whose reading skills are solidly established, summer reading isn't about practice; it's about getting to read whatever you want! Teen readers have reached a level of maturity where few topics are off limits, and storylines and characters can be extremely deep and complex. Just like in the real world, heroes have flaws and sometimes there isn't even a resolution — but that just makes the books teens are reading more absorbing and more real.

    To keep your teen reading this summer, we've put together a list of forty engrossing young adult novels starring girls and women. From fascinating fiction to intriguing biographies and memoirs, these books will grab your teen's interest until the final word. Continue reading

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