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  • Simple actions you can take to show support for refugees in your community.

    This week, in honor of Valentine's Day, we're spreading love by helping refugees in our local communities. Right now, the world is in the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since WWII. According to UNHCR, there are 21 million people worldwide who have been forced to seek safety in a new land due to war or conflict — and half of all refugees are children.

    When refugees arrive in a new country, often with few belongings and not speaking the language, staring a new life can be challenging. Support from the local community, however, can made a tremendous difference, especially at making people feel welcome during these times when anti-refugee/anti-immigrant rhetoric has become all too common.

    In this blog post, we've shared a number of simple actions that you can take to show support for the refugees in your community, both in the US and in Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Since refugee resettlement in the U.S. has also been the subject of significant confusion recently, we've also provided a short overview of how it works and an update on recent events. Finally, if you'd like to talk to children about refugees and why supporting them matters, you can find books to share with both children and teens in our blog post, Seeking Safety in a New Land: 15 Books About Mighty Girl Refugees.

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  • Over 150 photos of Mighty Girls standing up for girls and women's rights at the historic Women's Marches held worldwide on January 21.

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    Millions of people took to the streets at Women's Marches around the world on January 21, 2017 in an unprecedented show of solidarity and support for the belief that women's rights are human rights. At the 914 Women's Marches that were held in all 50 states and over 60 countries, girls and young women participated in vast numbers. This day gave these girls an unforgettable life lesson about the power of their own voice in creating change – and the responsibility of every citizen to use that voice to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.

    In this blog post, we're showcasing just a small fraction of the incredible photos of Mighty Girls at Women’s Marches worldwide that have been shared with us. Thank you to the many people who have shared their march stories and photos on A Mighty Girl's Facebook page. And, most importantly, thank you to everyone who participated in a Women's March – while the fight for girls and women's rights will continue, our voices on this inspiring day of action were powerful and sent the clear and unmistakable message: "We're not going away."
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  • Every day, this mom draws a famous woman from history alongside an inspiring quote for her daughter's lunch - all on a napkin.

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    Meaghan Elderkin from Glocester, Rhode Island, has always left little notes in her 9-year-old daughter Holden’s lunchbox: “They’ve progressed over the years from hearts and silly drawings to bad jokes and groan-worthy puns,” she says. But this month, Elderkin decided to give her napkin art a girl-empowering twist -- by drawing images of famous women, past and present, and including one of their powerful quotes. After sharing the images on the private Facebook group Pantsuit Nation, she was met with such a tremendous response that she decided to share them publicly. As one group member wrote: “You are a star. Thank you for the reminders of how strong women ARE!”
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  • 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

  • 25 Mighty Girl Halloween Costumes Celebrating Mighty Women

    halloween-2016-history-blog-webA popular theme among the over 2,000 photos of Mighty Girls in costume submitted to this year's A Mighty Girl Halloween Gallery were costumes that honored a pioneering woman from history or present day. In this blog post, we've showcased 25 of these Mighty Girl's incredible costumes and, to help you and your Mighty Girl learn more about the amazing women depicted, we've also linked to our character collection and biography section where relevant in a "Teachable Moment" feature.

    Today is also the last day to submit a Halloween photo of your Mighty Girl in costume to this year's A Mighty Girl Halloween Gallery. To check out last year's photo album, visit our 2015 Halloween Gallery

    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

  • Win an autographed copy of the companion to "Rosie Revere, Engineer" For A Mighty Girl's first-ever book giveaway, we're thrilled to announce that we have three autographed copies of the new companion to the much beloved Rosie Revere, Engineer -- Ada Twist, Scientist! In this lighthearted soon-to-be-released picture book, Rosie's... Continue reading
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    If you're still on the lookout for the perfect gift for a Mighty Girl in your life, we've pulled together many of our favorite toys from our holiday gift series -- all of which are still available in time for Christmas! Like our annual Girl Empowerment Holiday Gift Guide, the toys featured in this post reflect the diverse range of girls' interests, including science toys, arts & crafts, building toys, dolls, active play toys, and games. We've also included recommendations for both children and teens and organized the selection from youngest to oldest to make it simple to find toys at just the right age. Regardless of what ends up under your tree this year, A Mighty Girl wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Please note that all the toys featured in this post were verified to be available for delivery via Amazon Prime in time for Christmas as of 12/21. Prime shipping allows for 2-day shipping the US and Canada and 1-day shipping in the UK. Relevant links for ordering via Amazon Prime are included below each toy description. Toy availability does change continually so we recommend verifying delivery dates before ordering.

    For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide and our 2015 Gift Guide Blog Series. Continue reading Continue reading

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    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    In our blog Beloved Books: Twenty Mighty Girl Classics, we shared twenty Mighty Girl books from 1950 and earlier that have become favorites of multiple generations. Naturally, though, there are many equally wonderful stories that were written more recently! These are the books from the 1950s to the 1980s that many members of our community grew up reading — and are now beginning to pass on to their own Mighty Girls.

    Although all classics remain popular because they break new ground, these modern classics show the changes to the way Western culture viewed girls and women. The Mighty Girls in these pages tackle difficult social issues, go on hitherto unimagined adventures, and dare to define themselves in daring ways. More diverse characters begin to fill their pages, as well, with more girls of color finally filling the roles of heroes instead of bystanders or companions. Most of all, the girls in these books are no longer portrayed as eccentrics for being daring, courageous, and smart: in fact, for these Mighty Girl authors, that’s just as expected!

    So take a look at our list and see if your favorite Mighty Girl book from your own childhood is on here! One way or another, it’s sure to spur you to share your own list of modern classics with the Mighty Girls in your life.

    Of course, the books featured in this post are only a handful of the wonderful Mighty Girl books available. To browse our collection of over 2,000 girl-empowering books for children and teens, visit our Books section.
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    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    While there are dozens of great new Mighty Girl books getting published every year, there are also many girl-empowering stories that have been passed down for generations! Times may have changed, but these classic characters still speak to the girls of today just as they did to their grandmothers.

    With that in mind, we're showcasing our favorite classic Mighty Girl stories. These are books that you’re likely to remember from your own childhood — in fact, you may have even been first introduced to them because an adult you know loved them as as child!

    Of course, there are so many of these classic stories that it was hard to narrow down our list, so with that in mind, we’ve split our list of favorites into two parts. In this post, we’re highlighting our twenty favorite stories from 1950 and earlier and we follow-up with a selection of our favorite modern classics in our post Beloved Books, Part 2: Twenty Mighty Girl Modern Classics.

    The classic stories featured below have already been passed down through multiple generations — now is a great time to introduce them to a new generation of Mighty Girls! Continue reading Continue reading

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