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  • 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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  • Guardians of the Planet: 12 Women Environmentalists You Should Know

    12 Trailblazing Female Environmentalists Who Have Changed the World.

    During April's Earth Month, we're celebrating the incredible women who are working to protect the environment and all of the creatures which share our planet. From groundbreaking primatologists to deep-sea explorers to determined activists, each of them has changed the way that we see the world — and our role in protecting it. Equally importantly, these women have shown all of us that we have an effect on the health of our plant: from the smallest decisions of our day-to-day lives to international policy — each of us can make a difference.

    Below we share the stories of 12 women and explore their contributions to making a greener and healthier world. And, if you'd like to learn more about any of the featured women or introduce them to children and teens, after each profile we've shared several reading recommendations for different age groups, as well as other resources that celebrate these remarkable women.

    For many books for children and teens about trailblazing women working to protect the planet, as well as on how kids can make a difference for the Earth, check out our special collection on the Top Children's Books on the EnvironmentContinue reading

  • Women Saving The Planet: 20 Kids' Books About Female Environmentalists

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for children about trailblazing female environmentalists of the past and present.

    With April's Earth Month comes a special opportunity to teach kids about the people all around the world doing important work to care for our environment and the life within it! In addition to the day-to-day activities that we can all do to reduce our impact on the planet, it's important to recognize the scientists and activists, both past and present, who have encouraged us to see our planet in a new way: not as a set of resources for us to extract when we please, but as a precious and delicate system that sustains all life that we must strive to protect.

    In this blog post, we're sharing books for children and teens about twenty female environmentalists who changed the way that we think and act toward the Earth. These women made groundbreaking discoveries, fought for meaningful change to laws and policies, and shared their outlook — and their joy in nature — with the world. They're sure to inspire kids to look at the world outside their front door with newfound appreciation and think about ways they can help protect the planet!

    For more Mighty Girl books about environmental issues, including many fictional stories, visit our special feature on the Top Children's Books on the Environment. Continue reading

  • 10 Mighty Girl Environmental Heroes for Earth Day

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Happy Earth Day! Around the world today, people are taking action to help protect our environment. By demonstrating responsible, green practices today, we hope to inspire people to make environmentally friendly choices throughout the year.

    In honor of this day dedicated to awareness and action, A Mighty Girl is sharing the stories of ten female environmental heroes. These girls and women — scientists, activists, and innovators — have each done something that makes us see protecting the Earth a little differently. These heroes are from both past and present; some of them have acted locally, while others are influential around the world; but each of them has discovered a way that we can become better caretakers of our planet. By celebrating them, A Mighty Girl hopes that other Mighty Girls will consider ways that they can make a difference too.

    For resources about the environment to share with your children, check out our earlier blogs Mighty Girls Save the World: Environmental Films Starring Girls and Women and Mighty Girls Go Green: 15 Books for Earth Day.

    Jane Goodall: Groundbreaking Primatologist and Conservationist

    Jane Goodall with orphan chimpanzee Urahara (Michael Neugebauer/Jane Goodall Institute of Canada) Jane Goodall with orphan chimpanzee Urahara (Photo: Michael Neugebauer)

    Jane Goodall was remarkable enough for breaking into the male-dominated world of wildlife biology, and for her astonishing discoveries regarding chimpanzee behavior. However, her work to draw global attention to the protection of chimpanzee habitat, and to conservation in general, is just as remarkable! Today, just after her 81st birthday, Goodall still devotes the vast majority of her time to conservation efforts, traveling as many as 300 days a year to speak about environmental issues.

    The Jane Goodall Institute, which she founded in 1977, works to help individuals around the world make informed, environmentally responsible decisions as they engage in growth and development; the Institute’s Roots and Shoots youth program, founded in 1991, began with a group of 16 teenagers and now has 10,000 groups in over 100 countries. There is no doubt that Goodall has fulfilled her self-proclaimed mission “to create a world where we can live in harmony with nature.”

    If you'd like to introduce your children to Jane Goodall's incredible story, here are a few of our favorite books about this inspiring role model: The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps (age 4 to 8), Me... Jane (age 3 to 8), Who is Jane Goodall (age 8 to 12), an autobiography by Goodall entitled My Life with the Chimpanzees (age 8 to 12), and a graphic novel Primates (age 12 and up).

    For more books, a documentary, and other resources, visit our Jane Goodall Collection. Continue reading

  • Mighty Girls Save the World: Environmental Films Starring Girls and Women

    51it0kwph4l_1_[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Since 1970, Earth Day has grown from a one-time event involving 20 million Americans to an annual global day of awareness involving more than 22,000 organizations in 192 countries. On April 22 and throughout the month of April, people everywhere focus on the wonders of our amazing planet and the need to protect it.

    In preparation for Earth Day, A Mighty Girl will provide a variety of resources that parents and educators can use to introduce environmental issues and concerns to children. We begin our new blog series with this post showcasing girl-empowering movies with an environmental theme. These films showcase the beauty and fragility of the Earth and both the fictional and real Mighty Girls and women who have worked to protect it.

    So curl up with your Mighty Girl and share one of these great films; they’re sure to get her thinking about how she could change the world. Continue reading

  • An Earth Day Tribute to the Mighty Girls & Women of the Environmental Movement

    ?????By Lili Sandler, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

    Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd in almost 200 countries all over the world as a day to support and protect the Earth. Many communities have volunteer opportunities during the entire week -- often referred to as Earth Week -- so that individuals can take part in environmental activities to help care for the Earth.

    At A Mighty Girl, our Earth Week focus is on the Mighty Girls and women of the environmental movement. How have girls and women contributed to our global understanding of ecology, recycling, alternative energies, and many other environmental issues? More ways than you can count!

    Below you’ll find many of our favorite books and films about real-life environmentalists to share with the eco-kids in your life! And, if you missed the first two blogs in our Earth Day series, you can learn more great fictional stories about the environment starring Mighty Girl in our post on Ten Mighty Girl Books to Inspire Young Environmentalists and about toys to teach children about the environment in our post on post on Eco-Toys, Games, and Gear for Green Girls. Continue reading

  • Earth Day Special: Eco-Toys, Games, and Gear for Green Girls!

    By Lili Sandler, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

    As we prepare for Earth Day, we’re excited to share a selection of ecologically-focused toys, kits, and gear for the young environmentalist in your life. Whether she’s interested in science, prefers artistic pursuits, enjoys a game or puzzle, or shows her Earth pride by choosing reusable products, we at A Mighty Girl are thrilled to support every girls’ dedication to protecting the Earth. And, for those children who aren't yet sure what it means to 'go green,' there are plenty of toys and games to help them learn about protecting the environment -- all while having fun!

    For the first part of our Earth Day series on environmental-themed stories, visit our post on Ten Mighty Girl Books to Inspire Young Environmentalists.

    SCIENCE, GONE GREEN!

    THA-626114[1]If you haven’t yet heard of Snap Circuits, you’re in for a treat. Consistently very highly-rated by parents and teachers alike, Snap Circuits are like Legos in that they’re plastic shapes that snap together, but unlike Legos, the goal is to create an electrical circuit or device. With the Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Kit, young electrical engineers can experiment with creating 125 project focused on learning about electricity and alternative energy. Highly recommended for ages 8 and up, Snap Circuits are sure to be a hit!

    With the Power House: Green Essentials Edition, young environmentalists can learn all about alternative energy, sustainable living, and replenishing resources by building energy-related models and conducting experiments. Projects include, but are not limited to: a greenhouse, a wind turbine, a hydrometer, a lemon battery, and the power house itself. Recommended for ages 10 and up, this kit also includes a diary with entries from a young group of explorers on an island who are learning to live a sustainable existence. Continue reading

  • An Earth Day Tribute to the Leading Ladies of the Modern Environmental Movement

    Jane Goodall at Gombe

    In honor of Earth Day, A Mighty Girl would like to recognize two of the greatest female environmentalists of the 20th century -- Jane Goodall and Rachel Carson. Jane Goodall is a British primatologist and the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. She is especially well-known for her work running a 45-year long study on wild chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Goodall also founded the Jane Goodall Institute to support the on-going research at Gombe and she works extensively on animal welfare and conservation issues.

    For children interested in learning more about the life and work of Jane Goodall, several excellent books are available including two recent books for younger readers ages 4 to 8. Me...Jane, a Caldecott Honor book by Patrick McDonnell, tells the story of a very young Jane and the toy chimpanzee which helped spark her interest in conservation. Alternatively, The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps focuses on Jane throughout her years working in the field studying chimps and leading a global crusade to protect their habitat. Readers ages 8 and up will delight in the youth-oriented autobiography, My Life with the Chimpanzees and Goodall's inspirational, adventure-filled account of her life in the wilds of Africa and her struggle to protect the animals she came to love. An excellent documentary on Goodall and her work called Jane's Journey is also available and highly recommended for viewers 8 and up.

    Rachel Carson

    Rachel Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist, who is particularly well-known for her work on the environmental effects of synthetic pesticides. This research led her to write her seminal work Silent Spring which served as a rallying point for the young environment movement just gaining momentum at the time of its publication. Her book, marking its 50th anniversary this year, and the activism it inspired spurred a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides. For her many contributions to environmental conservation, President Carter posthumously awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    Like Goodall, Carson has also been the focus of a several recent picture book biographies perfect for readers ages 5 to 10: Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder by Joseph Bruchac, Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson by Amy Ehrlich, and Rachel Carson & Her Book that Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor. The first two biographies follow similar arcs, introducing Rachel in childhood as a young girl curious about the nature world and following her progression to adulthood and her work on conservation. The third book, just published in February, provides more of an in-depth look at her book, Silent Spring, and its galvanizing effect on the environmental movement.

    For older readers, 11 and up, Rachel Carson: A Twentieth-Century Life by Ellen Levine provides a more comprehensive overview of Carson's life and work. Booklist also notes how in this book, "Levine emphasizes the prevailing attitudes toward women's roles and how Carson was able to overcome those limiting expectations to break ground and become such an effective voice for environmental concerns."

    For more inspiring environmentally-oriented reading recommendations, visit A Mighty Girl's special feature on Top Children's Books on the Environment.

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