preschoolers

  • 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

  • I Love My Hair: 12 Books About Mighty Girls and Their Hair

    Our favorite books about Mighty Girls and their hair that encourage a healthy body image and celebrate the diversity of girls' hair!

    hair-blog-web2Long or short, straight or curly, in ponytails, locs, or a ballerina bun — there are so many wonderful ways Mighty Girls wear their hair! But hair can also be the source of body image insecurity for many girls as they wonder if their hair is too thick or too flat, the wrong color or the wrong texture. And, of course, even if she loves her hair, there’s always the battle when it comes time to pull out the brush and comb.

    In this blog post, we're showcasing stories for young readers about Mighty Girls and their hair. Whether they're celebrating their unique hair, wrestling to keep it under control, or donating it to a worthy cause, these Mighty Girls love their hair — even if they find it a little challenging at times. They also come to recognize that, in the end, it's not the hair that matters: it's the head underneath!

    For more Mighty Girl books that explore body image issues, you can find recommendations for both children and teens in our blog post, Celebrating Every Body: 25 Body Image Positive Books for Mighty Girls. Continue reading

  • Body Smart, Body Safe: Talking with Young Children about their Bodies

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for young children about their bodies, body privacy, appropriate touch, and more.

    body-safety-blog-webSince the moment someone said, “It’s a girl” or “It’s a boy”, sex has been part of your child’s life. And while there has been at least one highly publicized (and debated) effort to raise a baby without gender, the truth is that, sooner or later, every child will notice how their body is the same, or different, from other bodies. But while conversations about bodies and sex can be awkward for parents, they’re important even for a preschooler or elementary aged child.

    There are many reasons why you should start talking to kids about sex and bodies in age-appropriate ways. One is to take the mystery away from genitalia: if you cheerfully label “ear”, “arm”, and “knee” but refer vaguely to “private parts” or use euphemisms, children may think that there is something wrong, dangerous, or scary about this part of their bodies. Another is to give your child clear language for health issues: if your child says she is “itchy down there” after a summer day trip, a care provider may be looking for poison ivy and not a yeast infection from a wet bathing suit.

    Equally importantly is preparing your child to talk about puberty (which we discuss in the second part of this blog, Talking with Tweens and Teens about their Bodies) “Puberty!?” I can hear you thinking. “She’s only 5!” And yet approximately 25% of girls experience breast budding, the first stage of puberty, at age 8 or 9 — third grade — and her first period will generally follow two to three years after the appearance of breast buds. If the girl in your life is an early bloomer, she may experience these changes before you are expecting them. But if you have been open and forthcoming with information about her body in the past, she will know that she can approach you with her questions. Continue reading

  • The Ultimate Mighty Girl Book Gift Guide: 75 New & Classic Girl-Empowering Titles

    75 New & Classic Girl-Empowering Books for Holiday Gift Giving!

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    "I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book." — J. K. Rowling

    When you’re looking for a gift for a book lover of any age, the natural choice is a good book! And, while the hundreds of titles in A Mighty Girl's book collection have been vetted to ensure they are both high quality and girl empowering, we understand that during the busy holiday season a 'cheat' sheet of the best Mighty Girl books for gifting can make choosing a book for a special child or young person much easier. To that end, in this blog post, we've complied a selection of enduring Mighty Girl favorites, alongside a number of the best 2016 new releases (which are marked by a brand new icon below). From gorgeously-illustrated picture books to thought-provoking teen fiction, these titles will delight, intrigue, educate, and inspire girls and boys alike!

    To discover more 2016 releases, stay tuned for our annual 'Year in Review' round-up of the best Mighty Girl books of 2016, which we'll be releasing in early January.

    Of course, you can also find many more reading recommendations in our entire collection of nearly 2,500 Mighty Girl books for all ages. And, for anyone looking for reading recommendations for adults, don't miss our new blog post Stories of Mighty Women: 2016 Biographies for Adult Readers. Continue reading

  • Growing Creativity: Top 60 Arts and Crafts Toys for Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top arts & crafts toys for creative Mighty Girls all ages!

    arts-and-crafts-blog-2016-webAs many kids — and adults — know, there are few things as satisfying as expressing your creativity! Whether you're painting a picture, playing a song, or making something beautiful, arts and crafts inspire the maker as much as those who see them. And there's no better way to keep hands and minds busy if the weather is bad than with a fun new project!

    If you'd like to give the gift of creative play this holiday, we've collected some of our favorite arts and crafts toys and kits in this blog. For even more ideas, visit our full Arts and Crafts Collection. For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide and our 2016 Gift Guide Blog Series. Continue reading

  • Christmas is Coming: 40 Mighty Girl Christmas Stories

    A Mighty Girl's favorite Christmas stories, from beloved classics to new releases -- all starring Mighty Girls!

    christmas-books-blog-2016-webWith December fast approaching, the Christmas season is almost here! And what better activity is there to prepare for the holidays than curling up and reading a beloved Christmas story together? For many families, reading holiday stories — whether old favorites or new finds — is a treasured part of the season. And, what better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a Mighty Girl Christmas story!

    If you’re looking for Christmas stories to add to your family's library, we’ve put together a selection of 40 of our favorite girl-empowering books celebrating this special holiday. The Mighty Girls in these books enjoy Christmas traditions, share special time with family, and learn the true importance of giving — both to the people they love and to people in need. We hope that you find the perfect book to become part of your family’s Christmas tradition!

    You can also learn about our favorite books celebrating Hanukkah in our blog post, The Festival of Lights: 15 Favorite Mighty Girl Hanukkah Stories. Continue reading

  • Born In My Heart: 10 Mighty Girl Books for National Adoption Day

    Ten empowering books celebrating adoption and adopted Mighty Girls!

    adoption-blog-web“If the standard route for creating a family had worked for me, I wouldn't have met this child. I needed to know her. I needed to be her mother. I know now why all those events happened. Or didn't happen. So I could meet this little girl. She is, in every way, my daughter.” — Nia Vardalos, Instant Mom

    Today is National Adoption Day, a day for “celebrating a family for every child.” Around the the world, there are millions of children who have found the home and love they deserve through adoption — and millions of parents who have found joy and love in return!

    To celebrate all of the Mighty Girl adoptees and the Mighty moms and dads who are raising adopted Mighty Girls, we’re sharing ten of our favorite Mighty Girl books about adoption. Whether you’re explaining the process to a young child or talking about it with a tween or a teen, these books recognize and honor the special relationship that comes through the adoption process.

    The few highlighted in this post are just a small selection from our collection of Mighty Girl books about adoption. To view the full collection, visit our Adoption book section. Continue reading

  • Standing Together: 50 Mighty Girl Books Celebrating Diversity and Acceptance

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for children and teens celebrating acceptance and the value of diversity.

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    For parents and educators concerned about fostering children's appreciation of diversity and acceptance of others, it can sometimes feel like an uphill battle in such divisive times. From the subtle to the overt, discrimination based on sex, race, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin, appearance, and ability does exist, and tackling it can be a difficult conversation to have with kids regardless of their age.

    Fortunately, thoughtful stories exploring these issues in sensitive and compassionate ways can help make such discussions a bit easier. To that end, in this blog post, we've collected fifty books for both children and teens that explore the ways in which our differences shape our views of the world, affect how we interact with one another, and influence our future — and how those differences are strengths to be celebrated. As well, many of these titles show kids how to stand up for their peers and others when they see discrimination happening right in front of them. By sharing books like these, kids will learn the most important lesson of living in a diverse world: by standing together, there's nothing we can't accomplish.

    For over 200 titles that celebrate acceptance of differences, visit our Tolerance & Acceptance Collection. For more books that star Mighty Girls of all cultures, races, religions, sexual orientations, and abilities, visit our Multicultural Fiction Collection. Continue reading

  • Cultivating Compassion: Books About Financial Hardship Close to Home

    Fifteen books that explore poverty and hardship in local communities -- and cultivate kids' desire to lend a helping hand to those in need.

    hardship-books-blog-webFor many kids, poverty and hunger are things from long ago or far away, but the truth is that financial hardship exists in our own communities as well: behind closed doors, many families struggle to provide the necessities. Divisions due to class differences can appear any time — after all, when a new “must-have” toy or clothing brand becomes popular, there are always classmates at school who can’t have it. And yet, talking to kids about poverty and class is difficult for many adults because the issues behind these problems seem too complicated or uncomfortable to explain.

    Understanding the realities of financial hardship is key to helping kids build empathy for those in need, and thoughtfully written stories can highlight the challenges facing many people in our neighborhoods as well as show how communities can draw together to help. In this blog post, we’re sharing ten of our favorite books for young readers that explore different facets of poverty, hardship, and class in modern society. By sharing these books with kids, you can open their eyes to the financial realities facing other kids just like them and help cultivate a desire to reach out a helping hand to those in need.

    You can find more books addressing poverty worldwide and throughout history in our Poverty & Hardship section. Continue reading

  • Back to School Time: 40 Books About Mighty Girls' Adventures at School

    A Mighty Girl's favorite stories focused on helping young children prepare for school and celebrating back-to-school time!

    back-to-school-blog-younger-children-webIt can be easy for adults to forget that, for kids, school is an adventure: sometimes exhilarating, sometimes nerve-wracking, and always full of new experiences! Each year at school, kids face new challenges like building relationships with peers, meeting new expectations from teachers, and discovering their own talents and gifts. And, like any time you start an adventure, it helps to be prepared — with a few good books to reassure Mighty Girls that they're ready to take on whatever comes their way!

    Whether your Mighty Girl is starting school for the first time, moving to a new school, or just anticipating the start of a new year, these books will help her feel prepared. By answering some of her questions about what it will be like — and reassuring her that there are wonderful things to learn and do there — you can help your Mighty Girl get excited about her first day.

    If you have a young child who is just starting school for the first time, you can also find girl-empowering books focused on calming first day jitters in our blog post, The Big Day: 15 Picture Books About Mighty Girls Starting School.
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