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Author Archives: A Mighty Girl Staff

  • A team of volunteers provides women and children escaping domestic violence everything they need to have a beautiful, comfortable new home — for free!

    Photos: YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

    In Nashville, Tennessee, a unique program provides women and children escaping domestic violence everything they need to have a beautiful, comfortable new home — for free! Re-New at the YWCA, which is run entirely by volunteers, has furnished nearly 200 homes for over 400 survivors of violence, allowing them to make a fresh start. Before the families move in to the homes, volunteers come to decorate, move in furniture, and stock bathrooms and kitchens with necessary supplies; they even provide a crock-pot simmering with the family's first meal in their new home. "It's an invaluable experience for a woman who's gone through brutal abuse," says Christan Lyons, one of the women who received a Re-New home last year. "It felt like a reward for having the courage to walk away." Continue reading Continue reading

  • New data finds parents pay girls half the allowance paid to boys.

    The gender pay gap starts much earlier than most people imagine with new data showing that parents, on average, pay boys twice as much for doing chores per week than girls. The chore app BusyKid analyzed 10,000 families in their database and discovered that the average boy earned $13.80 in weekly allowance, while the average girl received only $6.71. The results highlight how traditional 'girls' work' is viewed by parents as being less valuable than that often assigned to boys — and raise awareness of the concerning messages girls receive from an early age about what their work is worth. "It was interesting and shocking to see how much of a difference in pay there was between boys and girls in our network," says BusyKid CEO Gregg Murset. "I think this is an important wake-up call for parents to be cognizant of what they are paying to make sure they are being as fair as possible. I don't think any parent would intentionally pay differently based on gender, but clearly, it's happening." Continue reading Continue reading

  • "These aren't just the stories of famous people. This is what we're all capable of on our very best days."

    Brad Melzer

    For the past four years, Brad Meltzer's best-selling series Ordinary People Change the World has been teaching kids that 'everyone can be a hero' while introducing them to a variety of amazing people throughout history. This week, A Mighty Girl spoke with Brad about the release of his 15th book in the series, I Am Harriet Tubman, what he hopes kids take away from his books, and his plans for the future of the popular series.

    To celebrate the new book's release, A Mighty Girl supporters can sign up to win an autographed set of all seven books from the series focused on the stories of Mighty Women. To enter, visit our I Am Harriet Tubman & Ordinary People Change the World Giveaway page. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's 2017 Halloween Gallery is now live! A small sample of the nearly 2,000 photos submitted can be viewed in our Halloween Highlights post.

    Thank you to everyone who submitted photos of their Mighty Girls in costume to our 2017 Halloween Gallery! We received nearly 2,000 photo submissions to this year's gallery and were awed by the creativity and variety of these Mighty Girls' amazing costumes. As we've always said, Mighty Girls know that their costume possibilities are limited only by their imaginations and with costumes ranging from ones based on favorite superheroes to ones inspired by historic role models, these Mighty Girls clearly know no bounds!

    In this blog post, we've showcased a small sample of these incredible costumes -- to browse all of the amazing costume photos submitted, visit our 2017 Halloween Gallery. And, to help you and your Mighty Girl learn more about the wonderful historic figures and characters depicted, we've also linked to our character collection and biography section where relevant.

    And, 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 Continue reading

  • 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 Continue reading

  • Princess Cora and the Crocodile Pre-Release GiveawayFor A Mighty Girl's latest book giveaway, we're thrilled to present Princess Cora and the Crocodile, a soon-to-be-released book by Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz and Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca! In this lighthearted original fairy tale, Princess Cora is sick of being a proper princess. Longing for the freedom to play and explore, she appeals to her fairy godmother for help -- and, it arrives in the form of a decidingly improper crocodile. With the crocodile disguised as the princess, Cora is free to go on an adventure, exploring the fields and forests nearby – little does she know that her alter ego is wreaking havoc inside the castle! Filled with Schlitz's signature wit, Floca's charming artwork, and starring a young princess who learns the importance of standing up for herself, this delightful illustrated chapter book, recommended for ages 5 to 9, will be a hit with young readers!

    Thanks to its publisher, Candlewick Press, we have three pre-release copies of Princess Cora and the Crocodile autographed by author Laura Amy Schlitz to give away to A Mighty Girl supporters. The giveaway is free to enter and the three winners will be randomly selected. With apologies to our many non-US-based supporters, due to legal restrictions, the giveaway is only open to US residents. The last day to enter is Sunday, March 19. Continue reading Continue reading

  • Win an autographed copy of the first-ever picture book biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- and a copy for the school of your choice.

    For A Mighty Girl's latest book giveaway, we're thrilled to present I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, the first-ever picture book biography of an American icon and champion for justice, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Thanks to its publisher, Simon & Schuster, we have three I Dissent packages to give away to A Mighty Girl supporters. Each gift package contains a copy of the picture book autographed by author Debbie Levy, a cloth tote bag featuring an original illustration of Justice Ginsburg on the front and the book's title on the reverse, and a 17" x 22" poster of an illustrated inspirational quote from the book. Additionally, a second copy of I Dissent will be donated to a school designated by the winner so that more children can be inspired by its empowering message.

  • 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 Continue reading

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