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  • "Princess Cora and the Crocodile" Pre-Release Book Giveaway

    Princess Cora and the Crocodile Pre-Release GiveawayFor A Mighty Girl's latest book giveaway, we're thrilled to present Princess Cora and the Crocodile, a soon-to-be-released book by Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz and Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca! In this lighthearted original fairy tale, Princess Cora is sick of being a proper princess. Longing for the freedom to play and explore, she appeals to her fairy godmother for help -- and, it arrives in the form of a decidingly improper crocodile. With the crocodile disguised as the princess, Cora is free to go on an adventure, exploring the fields and forests nearby – little does she know that her alter ego is wreaking havoc inside the castle! Filled with Schlitz's signature wit, Floca's charming artwork, and starring a young princess who learns the importance of standing up for herself, this delightful illustrated chapter book, recommended for ages 5 to 9, will be a hit with young readers!

    Thanks to its publisher, Candlewick Press, we have three pre-release copies of Princess Cora and the Crocodile autographed by author Laura Amy Schlitz to give away to A Mighty Girl supporters. The giveaway is free to enter and the three winners will be randomly selected. With apologies to our many non-US-based supporters, due to legal restrictions, the giveaway is only open to US residents. The last day to enter is Sunday, March 19. Continue reading

  • Free Posters Celebrating Mighty Women in Science

    Six downloadable posters celebrating women in science for the March for Science!

    science-posters-webDesigner Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya has created a series of incredible posters celebrating women in science to connect the Women's March to the March for Science. The six posters featured here, which are free to download, are part of her new Beyond Curie design project. Amanda, a science-trained designer who wanted to find a way to support women in science through design, has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of a 32-poster series that connects each woman's image with her research in a unique collage illustration. She's also donating all proceeds raised, beyond production costs, to the Association for Women in Science. To support her Kickstarter, which runs through March 14, visit the Beyond Curie: Celebrating Badass Women in Science Kickstarter page.

    To introduce kids to more inspiring female scientists from throughout history, you can find many books for children and teens in our blog post, Celebrating Science: 50 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls.

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  • "I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark" Book Giveaway

    Win an autographed copy of the first-ever picture book biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- and a copy for the school of your choice.

    For A Mighty Girl's latest book giveaway, we're thrilled to present I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, the first-ever picture book biography of an American icon and champion for justice, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Thanks to its publisher, Simon & Schuster, we have three I Dissent packages to give away to A Mighty Girl supporters. Each gift package contains a copy of the picture book autographed by author Debbie Levy, a cloth tote bag featuring an original illustration of Justice Ginsburg on the front and the book's title on the reverse, and a 17" x 22" poster of an illustrated inspirational quote from the book. Additionally, a second copy of I Dissent will be donated to a school designated by the winner so that more children can be inspired by its empowering message.

  • Artwork of Hope, Love, & Support from the Children's Book World

    35 Posters for Children With Uplifting Messages of Support & Solidarity.

    safetypin-blog-webOver the past few days, children's book illustrators have been creating images featuring their beloved characters coupled with messages of love and support. Many of these images show their characters with a safety pin (#KidLitSafetyPin), others show the characters hugging (#HugsfromKidLit), but all are symbols to kids feeling vulnerable or being targeted with harassment that they are not alone -- that they are loved and valued. Moreover, these drawings, which the artists hope teachers and librarians will post in schools (you can click on any image below to open a printable version), send an important message to all students that now is the time to come together with friends and classmates to stand against any hateful speech or actions motivated by differences in gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, country of origin, or ability.

    Along with sharing these messages of love, hope, and solidarity with children, author Kate Messner also expressed the importance of taking the next step: "If this is something you plan to share with students, please also take time to talk about what it means to have someone's back when it comes to fighting bullying and bigotry. Wearing a safety pin (or putting up a poster) doesn't really help unless it's accompanied by a promise of action. Speaking up and standing beside people who are being targeted requires courage, commitment, and planning. Here's a resource [from the Southern Poverty Law Center] that I think is great for talking with middle grade kids and older."

    With young children, picture books offer an excellent way to emphasize the importance of kindness and acceptance of others. And, of course, literature is also a powerful way to explore topics ranging from misogyny to bigotry to xenophobia with older children and teens, as well as a vehicle for encouraging discussion on how we can build a more just and inclusive society now and in the future. In the resource section below, you can find a variety of such reading recommendations for all ages.

    We hope you will print the images below, share them, and let all of the kids in your community know: they can find safety, hope, and love in books and with you. Continue reading

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