A Mighty Girl Blog

  • 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

  • A Mighty Girl's Ultimate Guide to Girl-Empowering Graphic Novels for Kids

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of 40 girl-empowering graphic novels for children.

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    While many people think of graphic novels as "just comic books", the truth is that a good graphic novel doesn't simplify a story: instead, it amplifies it, drawing out details and adding emotional weight. For young or reluctant readers, in particular, a graphic novel format makes it easier to understand more complex stories. In fact, we'd argue that high-quality graphic novels are a key part of any library!

    With the growing popularity of this literary form, there's been a tremendous increase in the number of graphic novels published in recent years, including ones for children. To help you discover the best girl-empowering titles, we've showcased 40 of our favorite Mighty Girl graphic novels in this blog post. The first half focuses on graphic novels that are fantasy driven, while the second half highlights ones that are grounded in real-life — but no matter the theme, all of the graphic novels featured tell the stories of smart, confident, and courageous Mighty Girls!

    For girl-empowering graphic novels for teen and adult readers, check out our blog post, Expanding the Story: Mighty Girl Graphic Novels for Teens. You can also browse our entire collection of nearly 150 graphic novels for all ages starring girls and women in our special feature on the Top Graphic Novels Starring Mighty Girls. Continue reading

  • A Historical Halloween: Mighty Girl Costumes Inspired by Mighty Women

    25 Mighty Girl Halloween Costumes Celebrating Mighty Women

    halloween-2016-history-blog-webA popular theme among the over 2,000 photos of Mighty Girls in costume submitted to this year's A Mighty Girl Halloween Gallery were costumes that honored a pioneering woman from history or present day. In this blog post, we've showcased 25 of these Mighty Girl's incredible costumes and, to help you and your Mighty Girl learn more about the amazing women depicted, we've also linked to our character collection and biography section where relevant in a "Teachable Moment" feature.

    Today is also the last day to submit a Halloween photo of your Mighty Girl in costume to this year's A Mighty Girl Halloween Gallery. To check out last year's photo album, visit our 2015 Halloween Gallery

    If you're seeking girl-empowering dress-up clothing or costumes anytime of year, visit our extensive costume collection with options for all ages from infants through adults in A Mighty Girl's Halloween Costume Guide. You can also find Mighty Girl stories for many of the upcoming holidays, including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, in our Holidays & Celebrations collection. Continue reading

  • Making & Keeping Friends: Mighty Girl Books About Building Healthy Friendships

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering books for children and teens about making friends and coping with friendship challenges

    making-friends-blog-webWith the school year in full swing, Mighty Girls of all ages are renewing old friendships and making new ones. But being a friend is a skill, and like all skills, it takes practice! To help your Mighty Girl navigate the complexities of friendship — from the first introduction to the first big fight — we’ve put together a selection of great books that will help her learn how to be a great friend.

    The recommendations shared in this post are just a small sample of Mighty Girl books on friendship. For hundreds of options for both children and teens, visit our Friendship section. Continue reading

  • A Mighty Bond: Books to Deepen Mother-Daughter Relationships

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    A strong mother-daughter bond can be a very powerful thing! But as girls grow older, especially as they reach their tweens and teens, that bond is often tested as girls increasingly exercise their growing independence. Investing some extra time and attention to this relationship pays big dividends for both of you — after all, you’re on this journey together!

    With that in mind, we’ve collected our favorite books to help build strong mother-daughter relationships. Whether you’re sharing a journal, finding a fun activity to do together, or discovering a great new book, these titles will help moms and their Mighty Girls deepen their relationship and learn more about one another.

    For more books, including many fictional stories, that celebrate the relationship between mother and daughter, check out our blog post Celebrating Mighty Moms & Their Daughters. Continue reading

  • Halloween In Character: 40 Mighty Girl Costumes Based On TV, Movie, and Book Characters

    Our favorite costumes based on popular Mighty Girl characters and photos of Mighty Girls in costume shared by our community!

    halloween-character-costume-blog-webHalloween is all about imagining yourself as someone else so if there's a character that speaks to you, why not dress up as them? Most kids have a favorite character, and whether that character is from a book, TV show, or a movie, Halloween provides a great opportunity to become the character they love -- at least for a day!

    In this blog post, we share some of our favorite costumes inspired by book, film, and TV characters. In the first section, we showcase a number of character-themed costumes from A Mighty Girl's costume collection. Of course, many Mighty Girls enjoy the challenge of creating their own costume, so in the second section, we highlight a few of our favorite costumes inspired by characters that community members have shared with us in previous years! Between the two, your Mighty Girl is sure to find lots of ideas for a fun Halloween costume!

    For even more costume inspiration on themes ranging from superheroes to animals, you'll find hundreds of costumes for all ages from infants through adults in our Girl Empowerment Halloween Costume Guide. Continue reading

  • 13 Spooky Mighty Girl Tales for Tweens and Teens

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of spooky and suspenseful books for tweens & teens.

    spooky-teen-tween-books-webAs Halloween approaches, it's fun to read spooky stories that send shivers up and down your spine! While in the past, many thrilling tales of suspense and mystery played up the stereotype of the screaming girl who needs rescuing, there are many great books available today starring Mighty Girls who use their courage, their wits, and their strength to untangle the mystery and face down whatever is lurking in the shadows.

    In this blog post, we've showcased thirteen of our favorite girl-empowering spooky stories perfect for tweens and teens — ones that no doubt many adult readers will enjoy as well. These titles are sure to have her eagerly flipping pages to how the brave heroine evades danger and saves the day! You just might want to read them with the lights on...

    For more books of witches, monsters, and other spooky things for readers of all ages, check out our special feature on the Top Halloween Mighty Girl Books and Films. Continue reading

  • How Women Won The Vote: Teaching Kids About The U.S. Suffrage Movement

    20 Books & Films About the Fight for Women's Suffrage in the United States

    us-suffrage-blog-webFor children today, it's hard to imagine a time when women couldn't vote; realizing that they've had that right for less than 100 years is astounding. It's equally shocking when they learn that women had to fight for 72 years before the 19th Amendment — which stated that no citizen could be denied the right to vote on account of sex — became law. So it's imperative that we teach today's children about the struggle for women's suffrage, not just to honor the dedication and sacrifices of the women who led the Women's Suffrage Movement, but also to ensure that future generations don't take the right to vote for granted.

    In this blog post, we're highlighting books and films about women's suffrage in the United States: the history of the movement, the women who led it forward, and the tremendous challenges that they faced in their quest to ensure that women's voices could be heard at the ballot. These stories will both educate kids about a critical moment in women's history and inspire them to see the power of determined activists and political leaders to make big changes in the world.

    For more books about suffrage in both the US and around the world, visit the Suffrage section of our Women's History Collection. For books about the voting rights struggles which continued during the Civil Rights Movement, visit our special feature on the Top Mighty Girl Books on Civil Rights History. Continue reading

  • With Broomstick in Hand: 35 Books Starring Mighty Witches

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of stories starring Mighty Girl witches for children and teens.

    halloween-witches-book-blog-webOn Halloween night, don't be surprised if you see a broomstick in the sky! Witches are a fixture of the Halloween tradition — and since most witches are depicted as female, there are plenty of stories out there starring Mighty Girl witches. From funny picture books to quirky and suspenseful middle grade novels to creepy young adult titles, there's something here to suit every witch-loving reader.

    For more stories of witches, monsters, and other spooky things to share this Halloween season, check out our special feature on the Top Halloween Mighty Girl Books and Films.

    And if you're looking for the perfect witch costume — or a wide selection of costumes on other themes — we feature hundreds of high quality options in our Girl Empowerment Halloween Costume Guide. Continue reading

  • Imagining the Future: Occupation-Inspired Halloween Costumes

    Our favorite occupation-themed Mighty Girl costumes from our own costume collection and photos of Mighty Girls in costume shared by our community!

    occupations-costumes-blog-webHalloween dress-up fun gives kids a wonderful opportunity to imagine themselves in any number of roles, such as pursuing a future career aspiration! Whether she sees herself as a doctor, firefighter, ballerina, or scientist, she can "try on" her dream job for a night -- and perhaps even spark an interest that will last a lifetime.

    In a new blog post, we share some of our favorite occupation-themed costumes, including a number from A Mighty Girl's costume collection such as veterinarian, astronaut, and chef costumes. Of course, many Mighty Girls enjoy the challenge of creating their own costume, so in the second section, we highlight a few of our favorite costumes inspired by careers that community members have shared with us in previous years!

    For even more costume inspiration on themes ranging from superheroes to animals, you'll find hundreds of costumes for all ages from infants through adults in our Girl Empowerment Halloween Costume Guide. Continue reading

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