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Category: A Mighty Girl Top Pick
  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for children and teens about real-life girls and women who fought for a more just, equal, and peaceful world.

    When people think about what it means to love their country, some assume patriotism requires unwavering support, and that questioning or disagreeing with their government's choices is unpatriotic, disruptive, and even dangerous. But the truth is that dissent makes countries stronger: when citizens demand the best from their leaders and their countries — justice, accountability in government, and equal rights for all — everyone benefits. In fact, throughout history, progress for every country has come from people's willingness to stand up for what they believe in and insist on being heard, even if their beliefs counter those of the people in power. In other words, dissent isn't distracting or divisive: it's patriotic!

    To explore this topic with children and teens, we've showcased 40 of our favorite books about girls and women who resisted —  who dared to stand up against the laws and social norms of their day to fight for societies that were more just, tolerant, and equal. These people, from all walks of life, fought hard for causes they believed in, including women's suffrage, labor rights, civil rights, environmental protection, and more. They argued, they disagreed, and they protested — and today, we hail them as heroes whose courage and determination led to positive change and helped create a better future for everyone. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's favorite books and resources focused on charity, giving, and community service to inspire all kids to make a difference!

    On January 15, the United States recognizes the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader who famously said "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" To honor King’s memory, since 1994 this federal holiday has also been celebrated as a day of service. The website for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service encourages people to think of the holiday as “a day on, not a day off” by volunteering for local causes.

    In addition to contributing time to good causes, this day also provides an excellent opportunity to talk about service, charity, and generosity with children. By providing concrete examples of ways to help and showing them that their efforts do make a difference, parents and educators can encourage children and youth to be socially minded. Then they can turn their creative minds toward finding solutions to the problems they see around them!

    With that in mind, A Mighty Girl has collected a series of resources that emphasize the value of charity, community service, and giving. Whether your Mighty Girl decides to contribute time, talent, or treasure to a charitable cause, these books will help her understand the value of compassion and generosity. And, if you’d like volunteering to become a part of your family’s life, there is a selection of parenting books to help guide you on getting started.

    So why not find a way that you and your Mighty Girl can volunteer together throughout the year? You and your Mighty Girl will be amazed at the rewards that giving can bring. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about Mighty Girl immigrants historically and in modern times.

    immigration-blog-webIt takes courage, determination, and hope to travel hundreds or thousands of miles and start a new life in an unfamiliar country, and yet for generations, people have immigrated into new lands and cultures in search of a better life. While many things have changed about the immigrant experience over time, some things remain the same: new immigrants face unfamiliar customs and sometimes new languages, and a challenging balance between blending in to their new home and maintaining the traditions they loved from their old one.

    A great way to help new immigrants realize that they're not alone in their struggles — and to build empathy among the people in their neighborhoods — is to share stories about the lives and experiences of immigrants both past and present. With that in mind, we're sharing a selection of Mighty Girl stories about coming to a new country, and all the excitement, anxiety, and adjustment that entails. By reading these stories, young readers — whether they were born in their countries or came from another one — will come to understand why people will leave behind everything they know to come to a new country and how we all benefit from the diversity that immigrants bring to our communities.

    For girl-empowering books specifically focused on refugees, check out our blog post, Seeking Safety in a New Land: Books About Mighty Girl Refugees. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering reimaginings of twelve traditional fairy tales from Rapunzel to Cinderella!

    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 Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of indoor toys and games to keep Mighty Girls active even when it's cold outside!

    When it's cold outside, kids are often stuck inside for much of the day — but that doesn't mean they can't stay active! It only takes a few fun toys and games to get kids moving and keep bodies healthy and brains busy. If you're a parent or educator looking for ways to burn off kids' extra energy indoors, we've highlighted our favorite indoor active play toys and games in this blog post. From ride-ons to balance boards to relay games, the featured toys will get hearts pumping and kids laughing! It's the perfect way to keep kids of all ages active until they can get outside again! Continue reading Continue reading

  • Our top picks of stories to inspire your Mighty Girl to dream big this year and follow through with the hard work and perseverance to make those dreams come true.

    A new year always seems ripe with opportunity, and it's not just adults who are eager to challenge themselves to achieve new things: kids and teens are often ready to tackle new goals when the calendar rolls around to January! But, of course, trying new things can seem intimidating, and it will take perseverance and dedication in order to accomplish whatever your Mighty Girl has set as her goal.

    With that in mind, we've collected some of our favorite books for inspiring Mighty Girls to take a deep breath, jump in with both feet, and then see their plan through to the end! These books will get kids dreaming big dreams and remind them that those dreams are always worth striving for, even if there are some bumps along the way.

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  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of clothing, toys, and book kits for book lovers of all ages!

    With all of the amazing girl-empowering books out there it might seem like book lovers are easy to buy gifts for, but what if you want to get them something other than more titles for their library? Fortunately, there’s a whole world of gift options to help your Mighty Girl — or the adult book lovers in your life — celebrate their love of books, literature, and reading.

    You could find the perfect literary-themed T-shirt or a beautiful book-themed poster. Maybe she’s crazy for a particular book character or she just loves to play with words and stories. This blog post will provide you with some inspiration for almost any reader, whether she’s still enjoying story time on Mom or Dad’s knee or she’s sharing her childhood favorites with a new generation of Mighty Girls.

    Of course, if you're looking for books to put under the tree, you can always find thousands of Mighty Girl titles for all ages in our Book Collection! Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of empowering games for game lovers of all ages!

    Whether it’s an activity for a rainy or snowy day, or part of a weekly family game night, there’s nothing more fun than a good game! Card games, board games, video games, and logic games are great entertainment for one or more people and an excellent way to build a variety of skills, from spatial awareness to planning and strategy to social skills like taking turns.

    If you're looking for a great new game for someone on your gift list, we've included many unique options for all ages in our new blog post. In the five thematic sections below, we'll find a little bit of everything, from storytelling to puzzle solving, from solitaire games to games for teams. So get ready to get gaming!

    For even more games for kids of all ages, visit our Games Collection. For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2017 Girl Empowerment Holiday Gift Guide and our 2017 Holiday Guide blog series. Continue reading Continue reading

  • From science to superheroes to women's history, our favorite Mighty Girl socks for teens and adults!

    There are few things as much fun as a pair of unique, colorful socks! Mighty Girls — and the women they grow into — have a huge range of interests and talents, but those interests are often not reflected in the clothing options available to them.

    With that in mind, we're showcasing our favorite girl-empowering socks for teens and adults from our clothing collection. These high-quality socks represent a much larger array of interests that you'll find in most retail clothing sections, so you're sure to find a pair to suit any pair of feet. And, of course, they're perfect for small gifts or stocking stuffers!

    For our full selection of empowering socks, visit our Sock Collection. You can also find many more fun Mighty Girl stocking stuffers in our "Small But Mighty" Stocking Stuffers Collection. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of books, toys, clothing, and room decor featuring Rey!

    For decades, many girls have loved the exciting stories of the Star Wars universe. But whether they were fans of the original rebel princess, Princess Leia, or eagerly followed the adventures of other Star Wars characters, like Padme Amidala, Ahsoka Tano, or Sabine Wren, it's often been challenging to find merchandise that celebrated the characters that they loved.

    With the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and the revelation that the film's star, Rey, was female — excitement began to build. But despite Rey's prominence in the film, fans were dismayed to discover that products featuring her were few and far between. This led to a hashtag campaign, #WheresRey, dedicated to seeking better representation of female characters — in particular Rey — in Star Wars merchandise. Fortunately, companies began to respond to the demand and provide more options for Rey fans.

    In advance of the highly anticipated sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in this blog post, we're showcasing a variety of books, toys, clothing, and decor featuring Rey, as she is shown in both films. Whether you're seeking a storybook for a young fan, an action figure depicting Rey during her Jedi training, or artwork featuring Rey, there are many more options for all ages. Now, fans of this courageous and determined Mighty Girl character can read stories, play with toys, dress up, and decorate the walls — all with Rey! Continue reading Continue reading

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