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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

  • "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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  • Mighty Girls To The Rescue: 16 Books Starring Sword-Wielding Girls and Women

    Our favorite books for children and teens starring adventurous, sword-wielding Mighty Girls!

    sword-blog-webWhen it’s time for the brave young adventurer to pick up a sword and save the day, who says that adventurer has to be a boy? Sword-wielding Mighty Girls make for thrilling, dramatic fiction! If you have a child or teen who loves action, adventure, derring-do -- and a well-honed blade -- then there’s sure to be a perfect title for them in our new blog post showcasing our favorite books starring girls and women who are at home with a blade in hand.

    In addition to being fun and action-packed, these stories set in times long ago or worlds of fantasy provide a powerful opportunity to talk about stereotyping and sexism in the real world -- after all, the only reason a female adventurer or warrior would be surprising is the influence of our own culture.

    So if your child or teen has ever imagined being the brave knight and fighting for the good of the realm, check out these books to give her more fodder for her dreams of action and adventure! For even more tales of daring Mighty Girls -- in real-life and fiction -- visit our Action & Adventure book section. Continue reading

  • Spread the Love This Valentine's Day: Supporting Refugees At Home and Abroad

    Simple actions you can take to show support for refugees in your community.

    This week, in honor of Valentine's Day, we're spreading love by helping refugees in our local communities. Right now, the world is in the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since WWII. According to UNHCR, there are 21 million people worldwide who have been forced to seek safety in a new land due to war or conflict — and half of all refugees are children.

    When refugees arrive in a new country, often with few belongings and not speaking the language, staring a new life can be challenging. Support from the local community, however, can made a tremendous difference, especially at making people feel welcome during these times when anti-refugee/anti-immigrant rhetoric has become all too common.

    In this blog post, we've shared a number of simple actions that you can take to show support for the refugees in your community, both in the US and in Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Since refugee resettlement in the U.S. has also been the subject of significant confusion recently, we've also provided a short overview of how it works and an update on recent events. Finally, if you'd like to talk to children about refugees and why supporting them matters, you can find books to share with both children and teens in our blog post, Seeking Safety in a New Land: 15 Books About Mighty Girl Refugees.

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  • Seeking Safety in a New Land: 15 Books About Mighty Girl Refugees

    A Mighty Girl's top books for children and teens about the refugee experience.

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    There's no questioning that the world is in the midst of a refugee crisis: over 21 million refugees, half of whom are children, have been driven from their homes due to war or conflict according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Among them are nearly 5 million Syrian refugees fleeing the country's six-year long civil war, a group that has been indefinitely banned from the United States due to the Trump Administration's recent executive order, even though Unicef has called the Syrian refugee crisis “the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II." With so many people in need, it's more crucial than ever to talk about refugees — and explain to our children why standing up for refugees matters.

    Of course, this is a challenging topic to discuss with kids, especially since so often refugees are children like themselves. How do you explain why people would be willing to risk so much, and why they are so desperate to escape the places where they live? And how do you teach them what it feels like to uproot yourself and your family and leave behind everything — from personal possessions to the language and culture of your birth — to move to a country hundreds or thousands of miles away?

    If you’d like to talk to your kids about the experiences of refugees, there are some excellent books for children and teens starring Mighty Girl characters that can help. From tales of escape from persecution and violence, to accounts of life in a refugee camp, and even stories of what it’s like to make a new home in an unfamiliar place, these books are often emotional and poignant, but also full of hope and optimism for the future. Continue reading

  • Mighty Girls Rise Up At Women's Marches Worldwide

    Over 150 photos of Mighty Girls standing up for girls and women's rights at the historic Women's Marches held worldwide on January 21.

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    Millions of people took to the streets at Women's Marches around the world this weekend in an unprecedented show of solidarity and support for the belief that women's rights are human rights. At the 673 Women's Marches that were held in all 50 states and dozens of countries, girls and young women participated in vast numbers. This day gave these girls an unforgettable life lesson about the power of their own voice in creating change – and the responsibility of every citizen to use that voice to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.

    In this blog post, we're showcasing just a small fraction of the incredible photos of Mighty Girls at Women’s Marches worldwide that have been shared with us. Thank you to the many people who have shared their march stories and photos on A Mighty Girl's Facebook page. And, most importantly, thank you to everyone who participated in a Women's March – while the fight for girls and women's rights will continue, our voices on this inspiring day of action were powerful and sent the clear and unmistakable message: "We're not going away."
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  • Celebrating Science: 50 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for children and teens about girls who love science and real-life female scientists who changed the world!

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    We don't always think about it, but every child is a scientist! From the moment she pushes a spoon off her high chair to see what happens or starts asking, "why?" to everything, she's started on a long and exciting lifetime of discovery. As time goes on, though, kids can be discouraged from this natural interest and come to believe that science is too complicated for kids -- so it's especially important to nurture that spirit of curiosity from a young age!

    One great way to encourage a child's interest in science is by showing them role models of kids -- particularly girls -- in STEM fields. In fictional stories, they can see faces that match their own: kids who are turning their ingenious minds to investigating questions and solving problems using the scientific method. And, through non-fiction, they can learn about curious children just like them who grew up to make amazing scientific discoveries.

    To that end, in this blog post, we've shared many of our favorite books about girls and women who love science, engineering, and math! In the first part of the post, you can discover many fictional stories about curious, inventive Mighty Girls, while in the second part, you'll find many inspiring books about real-life female scientists. From beautifully illustrated picture books to fascinating teen biographies, these titles show the importance of scientific curiosity and celebrate the scientific progress that we owe to women in science both past and present. They're the perfect choice to inspire the budding scientist on your gift list!

    And, for science toys and kits to further support her interests, we've shared many recommendations in two holiday blog posts: Wrapped Up In Science: Top 50 Science Toys for Mighty Girls and Building Her Dreams: 50 Building and Engineering Toys for Mighty Girls. Continue reading

  • Mom Gives Her Mighty Girl A Daily Dose of Feminist Inspiration on Her Lunch Napkin

    Every day, this mom draws a famous woman from history alongside an inspiring quote for her daughter's lunch - all on a napkin.

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    Meaghan Elderkin from Glocester, Rhode Island, has always left little notes in her 9-year-old daughter Holden’s lunchbox: “They’ve progressed over the years from hearts and silly drawings to bad jokes and groan-worthy puns,” she says. But this month, Elderkin decided to give her napkin art a girl-empowering twist -- by drawing images of famous women, past and present, and including one of their powerful quotes. After sharing the images on the private Facebook group Pantsuit Nation, she was met with such a tremendous response that she decided to share them publicly. As one group member wrote: “You are a star. Thank you for the reminders of how strong women ARE!”
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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.

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