A Mighty Girl Blog

  • Protecting “The Books That Will Never Be Written”: Judy Blume’s Fight Against Censorship

    A Mighty Girl tribute to Judy Blume in honor of Banned Books Week.

    judy-blume1For decades, Mighty Girls have devoured the works of Judy Blume, from Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret to Forever... to Just As Long As We’re Together. Her characters are compelling to readers because they face real issues — issues like puberty, struggles with friends, sexuality, divorce, and bullying. There’s even a book, Everything I Needed To Know About Being A Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, which features a collection of essays by twenty-four notable women authors about the impact Judy Blume’s novels have had on their lives and writing.

    But what many Mighty Girl readers may not know is that the very topics that made Blume’s work speak so powerfully to them also made them the subject of frequent challenges and bans. Blume has the dubious distinction of being one of the most banned writers in America. In fact, challenges and bans to her books still happen frequently; as a result, in some towns, it is actually harder for kids to get access to her books now than when they were written.

    In the process of defending her books, Blume has emerged as a determined defender of authors’ rights to address controversial issues, even in children’s and young adult literature — and of children's rights to read them. In honor of Banned Books Week, which runs from September 25 to October 1, A Mighty Girl is proud to present this tribute to Blume’s efforts to ensure that authors, both present and future, don’t have to face censorship as they write for children. Continue reading

  • 45 Empowering Books Starring Latina Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering books for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

    hispanic-latina-heritage-month-blog-web"The Latina in me is an ember that blazes forever." — Sonia Sotomayor, first United States Supreme Court Justice of Hispanic heritage

    Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Every year, from September 15 to October 15, Americans celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. To recognize this special month, we've put together a selection of our favorite books for children and teens starring Latina Mighty Girls!

    In the first section of this blog post, we share books about real-life Latina role models throughout history, while in the second part, we feature fictional stories about Latina girls and women. For more reading recommendations for this month, you can also discover many bilingual Spanish/English books for young readers in our blog post, 25 Bilingual Spanish/English Picture Books Starring Mighty Girls. We hope these empowering titles will help all kids learn more about the diverse contributions and rich cultural traditions of Hispanic Mighty Girls! Continue reading

  • The Whole Story: 40 Book Box Sets and Collections Starring Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering book box sets and collections for children and teens.

    book-sets-collections-webIf there’s anything a reader loves more than a new book, it’s a great new series! A series is an excellent way to encourage kids' interest in reading as they get drawn into a story over several books — and, for those rabid readers, collections let them find out what happens to their favorite new character without having to wait for the next book to be released!

    Fortunately, there many book series featuring Mighty Girl characters, and, in this new post, we've highlighted 40 of our favorite girl-empowering collections for both children and teens. We've included a mix of Mighty Girl classics and recent releases — all of which will keep her busily reading to find out what happens next!

    If you're looking for more girl-empowering books for children and teens, check out our full book collection of over 2,500 titles.  Continue reading

  • 12 New Books About Science-Loving Girls & Women

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of newly released books starring girls and women who love science, engineering, and math!

    With the demand for stories about female scientists at an all-time high, there have been growing numbers of exceptional books published about girls and women who love science, engineering, and math! It can be challenging for parents and educators, however, to stay up on all of the new releases so, to help make it easier, we've featured 12 of these titles in a new blog post. From books about role models like scientist Temple Grandin, computer scientist Grace Hopper, doctor Patricia Bath, mathematician Katherine Johnson, and marine biologist Eugenie Clark to fictional stories about science-loving girls curious about the world around them, there's sure to be a new book to appeal to every budding young scientist!

    For more books for all ages about girls and women who love science, check out our blog post 50 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls or browse our entire Science / Technology Collection. Continue reading

  • Love Through the Generations: 40 Books About Mighty Girls & Their Grandparents

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about the love between girls and their grandparents.

    grandparents-day-blog-webMany Mighty Girls know how special a relationship with grandparents can be: from special treats to family traditions, grandparents can offer a unique family connection to girls of all ages. And while these relationships can't always be physically close — and sometimes face obstacles, from different languages to a different perspective on the world — grandparents play an important role in the lives of many Mighty Girls.

    In this blog post, we're paying tribute to that special relationship with 40 books about Mighty Girls and their grandparents. From picture books to young adult novels, these stories explore the many forms the unique grandparent/granddaughter relationship can take. Moreover, for the grandparents in our community, we've also featured several keepsake journals that you can use to share even more of your memories with the special Mighty Girl in your life.

    For more books about Mighty Girls and beloved family members, check out our blog post, To My Mighty Girl With Love: 40 Stories About Parents, Grandparents, and Siblings. Continue reading

  • 25 Bilingual Spanish/English Picture Books Starring Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering bilingual board and picture books in English and Spanish.

    From the moment they're born, kids are like sponges for language, and many parents decide to take advantage of that natural ability by introducing more than one language early. Whether you speak multiple languages at home or want to teach your child a second language, bilingual books are a fun way to introduce kids to new vocabulary and develop fluency! And in the United States, where 45 million people speak Spanish as a first or second language, there's a huge demand for high-quality books that incorporate both English and Spanish text.

    To introduce you to many of our favorite bilingual pictures books, we've showcased 25 Spanish/English titles in this post. From simple board books for the littlest babies to more complex picture books for preschoolers and early school aged kids, these books provide an opportunity to introduce multiple languages to young readers — and non-bilingual parents will likely learn a few new words too! Continue reading

  • A Season of Change: 20 Mighty Girl Books Celebrating Fall

    Our top picks of girl-empowering books about the wonders and changes of fall.

    fall-books-blog2-webAutumn is here! The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler, and summer is becoming a memory. Every season brings with it the opportunity to share seasonal books with the Mighty Girl in your life, and this fall is no exception. So with that in mind, we've put together a selection of our favorite Mighty Girl books about fall. From celebrations of the changing weather to tales about growing pumpkins to autumn's metaphorical significance as a season of change, these books capture the many beauties of this contemplative season.

    And if your Mighty Girl loves fall because of Halloween, check out our special feature on the Top Halloween Mighty Girl Books & Films for some seasonal spooky favorites. Continue reading

  • Free "Read Question Think" Posters for Kids

    Five downloadable posters featuring beloved Mighty Girl characters Rosie Revere and Ada Twist celebrating science, reading, and critical thinking!

    Author Andrea Beaty has created a series of free downloadable 11" x 17" posters featuring characters from her bestselling series of books, which celebrate science, reading, and critical thinking! These posters were created in support of the March for Science, and encourage kids to remember that all citizens -- astronauts, engineers, and architects, but also each and every one of us -- need to be informed and think critically to create a better world for all of us.

    Beaty is the author of two beloved books starring Mighty Girls in science, Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist. She's also the creator of Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers, a hands-on activity book which helps kids put engineering concepts to the test. She and illustrator David Roberts used Rosie and Ada, as well as Iggy from their book Iggy Peck, Architect, to highlight the importance of reading, education, and scientific literacy. Whether you're decorating your classroom or looking for inspiring wall art for your Mighty Girl's playroom, home lab, or bedroom, these posters provide an excellent reminder that every human's most powerful tool is their brain! Continue reading

  • Top 40 Cooperative Board Games for Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of games for children and teens where you work together to win!

    Most people associate board games with competition: players who work against one another in hopes of being the ultimate winner. And while these games can teach important skills — including how to be a good winner or loser — there's one skill they don't teach: cooperation. Working together as a team is an equally important lesson to learn, and it's also a great way to play when you've got a mixed group of different ages and abilities playing together!

    Cooperative board games are becoming increasingly common, and they provide a totally different flavor for a family or classroom game session. To introduce you to fun twist on the classic board game, in this blog post, we've featured 40 of favorite cooperative games for all ages! From simple games that encourage preschoolers to cooperate in order to achieve a common goal to complex games in which teens and adults have to strategize together and collaborate to complete a mission, these games do more than provide an evening's entertainment: they create a sense of teamwork and unity that players will love.

    For a wide variety of logic and strategy games, single-player games, competitive party games, and more, visit our extensive Games Collection. Continue reading

  • The Teacher Helping Hurricane Harvey's Youngest Victims – And How You Can Help

    The viral grassroots project of kids reading books to kids in hurricane-affected areas -- and the drive to rebuild teachers' destroyed classroom libraries.

    When Hurricane Harvey struck this week, second grade teacher Kathryn Butler Mills of Katy, Texas quickly learned how many of her students were affected. In photos on social media, she saw “several of my students, past and present, sitting under staircases, in bathrooms, and in pantries, waiting out tornado watches and warnings.” She wanted to find a way to "bring a little normal to them in very not normal circumstances.” After seeing a number of kids pictured with books in hand, she hit on the idea of creating an online book club where kids would record videos of themselves reading aloud to share with other kids who had no books within reach. "I thought, let’s keep the momentum of a brand new school year going and have them record themselves reading for their classmates,” Mills said. “My original plan was that I would make a positive comment on each one, and encourage others to join in.” With that, the Hurricane Harvey Book Club was born! Continue reading

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