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  • Dancing Her Heart Out: 18 Picture Books About Mighty Girls Who Love to Dance

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of picture books about girls who love to dance!

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    For many Mighty Girls, nothing is more fun than moving to music! Maybe she takes formal ballet lessons, or maybe she and her family just take joy in putting on their favorite tunes and dancing together for fun. Either way, a love of dance is a great way to get exercise, have fun, and express your creativity!

    If you have a child who loves to step, twirl, plie, and more, in this blog post, we've put together a collection of 15 favorite picture books starring dance-loving Mighty Girls that are sure to inspire and delight dancers of all ages!

    For books about real-life women dancers for children and teens, visit our Creative Arts book section. Continue reading

  • A Different Way of Thinking: 18 Books About Autistic Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books starring autistic girls and guides for autistic girls and their parents.

    If you've been following the news, you've probably heard about Sesame Street's new character: an autistic Muppet named Julia. Even five years ago, it would have been almost unthinkable for a character with autism to appear on a mainstream children's television show, especially with the goal of inclusion and acceptance. But while Julia and other characters like her represent a major step forward, autism is still the subject of significant misunderstanding and prejudice. And the problems caused by lack of awareness are often magnified for girls, who are less frequently diagnosed and often show a different pattern of behaviors than autistic boys.

    Recent books like In A Different Key: The Story of Autism and NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity are helping adults understand that autism represents not just a set of problems to overcome, but a different way of thinking and experiencing the world. But kids, tweens, and teens, who will almost certainly encounter autistic peers during their lives, need to learn the same — so it's particularly important to share stories and resources about girls on the autism spectrum with autistic and neurotypical kids alike!

    In this blog post, we've showcased a variety of resources to foster not just awareness, but acceptance of people with autism. From fiction starring autistic characters, to guides for autistic girls, to books that can help parents and educators support and encourage autistic kids to achieve their full potential, these books serve as a reminder that, while autism may be an important part of a person's story, what's more important is for all of us to recognize them as talented, interesting, and unique individuals. Continue reading

  • New Beginnings: 20 Inspiring Books for Mighty Girl Graduates

    Our top picks of inspiring books for Mighty Girl graduates from preschool to college!

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    Whether it's from preschool or college, graduations mark important transitions in a child's or young person's life. If you know a Mighty Girl who is graduating this year, then in the middle of the flurry of school-end projects and graduation party planning, you’ve probably paused for a moment to reflect on the momentous change coming for both of you. Whether your Mighty Girl is going to be starting school full-time as a first grader or moving cross-country to attend college, you likely want to pass on some words of wisdom as she takes her first steps into this new stage of life.

    One great way to do this is by giving her an inspiring book that praises her gifts, encourages her to achieve her potential, and reminds her that you will always be there when she needs you! With that in mind, we've collected some of our favorite inspiring books that are perfect for graduates. While the reading level of these books may be simple, like Dr. Seuss’ classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, the inspiring message of such books is truly universal. Each one will let your graduate know that a Mighty Girl can always find great things, wherever she may go!
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  • 25 Mother’s Day Gifts for Mighty Moms

    From the heartfelt to the playful, A Mighty Girl's favorite gifts for celebrating Mighty Moms!

    For many Mighty Girls, their mother is the model for everything they want to be — and a special mom deserves a special gift for Mother’s Day! If you’re looking for some great ways to celebrate and inspire a Mighty Mom in your life, we’ve put together a selection of gift ideas that will help you let her know how important she is. These gifts will help her connect more closely with her Mighty Girl; let her record her thoughts, experiences, and wisdom to share in the future; help her show her own mightiness in fun and playful ways; and inspire her for the year ahead.

    For more ideas for celebrating a special Mom this mother’s day — including many recommendations of books for children and teens about the unique mother / daughter relationship — check out our blog posts 25 Books Celebrating Mighty Moms and Their Daughters and Inspiration for Mighty Moms: 50 Books for Mother's Day. Continue reading

  • Exploring Her World: 25 Science Toys and Kits for Outdoor Discovery

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of science toys and kits to encourage outdoor discovery and exploration.

    One of the best ways to spark a child's love for science is by allowing her to learn about it in the real world through outdoor play and discovery. Whether she's examining a favorite new insect, gazing at the stars, or cultivating a garden, nature is full of wonders to excite curious kids. And, with a few fun science toys, kits, and tools, kids can do a lot of learning and exploring on their own — and have a ball doing it!

    In this blog post, we've showcased two dozen of our favorite toys and kits to help kids get started on their outdoor explorations. From a set of field tools for kids to a rotating star map of the sky, these toys will let kids explore wherever their curiosity takes them. And, whether you have a budding naturalist, entomologist, astronomer, or geologist, there's something here for everyone!

    For Mighty Girl books about girls who love to explore the great outdoors, check out our blog post, 25 Mighty Girl Books About Outdoor Discovery, or browse our entire Animals & Nature book collection. Continue reading

  • Dissent Is Patriotic: 40 Books About Women Who Fought for Change

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for children and teens about real-life girls and women who fought for a more just, equal, and peaceful world.

    When people think about what it means to love their country, some assume patriotism requires unwavering support, and that questioning or disagreeing with their government's choices is unpatriotic, disruptive, and even dangerous. But the truth is that dissent makes countries stronger: when citizens demand the best from their leaders and their countries — justice, accountability in government, and equal rights for all — everyone benefits. In fact, throughout history, progress for every country has come from people's willingness to stand up for what they believe in and insist on being heard, even if their beliefs counter those of the people in power. In other words, dissent isn't distracting or divisive: it's patriotic!

    To explore this topic with children and teens, we've showcased 40 of our favorite books about girls and women who dared to stand up against the laws and social norms of their day to fight for societies that were more just, tolerant, and equal. These people, from all walks of life, fought hard for causes they believed in, including women's suffrage, labor rights, civil rights, environmental protection, and more. They argued, they disagreed, and they protested — and today, we hail them as heroes whose courage and determination led to positive change and helped create a better future for everyone. Continue reading

  • Mighty Girls Go Green: 25 Girl-Empowering Books for Earth Month

    A Mighty Girl's favorite books for young readers about taking action for the environment during April's Earth Month and all year round!

    April's Earth Month provides a great opportunity to talk to your Mighty Girl about ways she can help protect the environment all year long! Small lifestyle changes in each household add up to big changes globally, and it’s inspiring for kids to know that they can make an impact. In this blog post, we've showcased a variety of environmentally-themed books for children that show young readers how everyone can make a difference in making the world a little greener.

    For more Mighty Girl books focused on inspiring a love of nature and the outdoors, check out our blog posts: Explore Your World: 25 Mighty Girl Books About Outdoor Discovery and 25 Mighty Girl Books Celebrating Springtime & Gardening.
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  • Holocaust Remembrance Week: 40 Mighty Girl Books About the Holocaust

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about the Holocaust for children and teens in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Week.

    “Silence helps the oppressors.” — Leslie Meisels, Hungarian Holocaust survivor

    In 2017, April 24 marks Holocaust Remembrance Day: Yom HaShoah in Hebrew. Each year, we take time to remember those who died — and those who survived — during the infamous Nazi regime. It is a difficult topic for any of us, but particularly difficult to discuss with children. How do you talk about something so beyond most children’s contemplation in a way that respects the experience of those who lived it?

    Here at A Mighty Girl, we are marking Holocaust Remembrance Week with two blog posts. This post will introduce you to books for all ages that talk about the Holocaust from a variety of perspectives. These books range from picture books to novels, memoirs to fiction, but all of them treat this challenging subject with care and dignity. Our follow-up post, Hope in a Hidden Room: A Mighty Girl Salutes Anne Frank, focuses on Anne Frank, whose diary chronicling the emotional life of a girl in the midst of the Holocaust puts a personal face on what can otherwise seem like distant history to a child growing up today. Continue reading

  • Ignite a Lifelong Love of Reading: 50 Mighty Girl Books for New Readers

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering early chapter books for new and emerging readers.

    There's little that compares with the amazing moment when a young reader realizes she can read on her own! It's a tremendous accomplishment when a child gets through her own book from cover to cover. The best way to encourage that practice is to fill your young reader's shelves with fun, exciting, and just-challenging-enough books to read, but finding those books — especially girl-empowering titles — can often be difficult. Sometimes you need a leveled reader that suits your child's ability, and sometimes you're looking for the perfect early chapter book. Whatever you're looking for, you want it to be entertaining enough to catch their attention but of sufficient quality to properly exercise their reading skills.

    With that in mind, we've showcased a selection of fifty of our favorite Mighty Girl books for new and emerging readers. These engaging stories range from leveled readers with lots of pictures and short chapters to true early chapter books for more advanced readers. Kids will love the exciting stories — both fiction and non-fiction — that are just right for their level; parents will love that their kids will be asking for just a few more minutes to read!

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  • Explore Your World: 25 Mighty Girl Books About Outdoor Discovery

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for kids -- and their parents -- on the joys of outdoor play, exploration, and discovery!

    For many kids, there's nothing more fun than the chance to play outside! The winter's thaw has already provided plenty of opportunities for puddle jumping and planning this year's garden, and soon nicer weather and the end of the school year will soon provide more opportunities for hiking, beach trips, and lots of outdoor playtime. Best of all, it’s good for them: research shows how much benefit kids get from unstructured play outside.

    To celebrate the joys of the great outdoors, we’ve collected many of our favorite Mighty Girl books about all the wonders that outdoor play has to offer. The Mighty Girls in these stories have plenty of imagination, along with bundles of energy, and the end result is lots of outdoor fun. We've also included a selection of books for parents about just how important it is to let your kids get out in the sun, sand, and dirt of outdoor games and ideas on how to build more outdoor time into your family's busy schedule.

    For books that celebrate the arrival of spring, especially the fun of gardening, check out our blog post 25 Mighty Girl Books Celebrating Springtime & Gardening. Continue reading

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