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  • Girls' confidence drops by 30% between the ages 8 and 14.


    "Now, more than ever, girls should be armed with confidence. They need to have faith in their phenomenal abilities, resist the need to please, fight back against intimidation from peers or adults, and stand up for others, and most importantly, themselves. Confident girls become confident women, and we want that status for our girls, who seem fearless and exuberant through most of elementary school, only to lose confidence at puberty. Boys and girls run neck and neck, confidence-wise, up to then, but when the estrogen-testosterone waves start flooding kids’ brains, all that changes. For girls, confidence takes a huge hit," write Katty Kay, Claire Shipman and JillEllyn Riley, in TIME. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for children and teens on understanding and managing emotions to build their emotional intelligence.

    Whether you have a preschooler struggling to name how she feels, a tween wrestling with newly complex emotions, or a teenager who needs to find ways to incorporate her emotional life into adult decision-making, parents can do a lot to help kids navigate their emotional world. But sometimes, it’s hard to know where to begin.

    Fortunately, there are some great books out there to help parents and kids learn about their feelings — and how to express them appropriately. In this blog, we’re sharing some of our favorite books that help kids name, tame, and manage their emotions. These books for toddlers to teens are funny, poignant, and heartfelt, but most importantly, reassuring that no matter what you’re feeling, you can come out the other side. Continue reading Continue reading

  • Meet 16 Trailblazing Female Scientists Who Dared to Discover!

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    For centuries, women have made important contributions to the sciences, but in many cases, it took far too long for their discoveries to be recognized — if they were acknowledged at all. And too often, books and academic courses that explore the history of science neglect the remarkable, groundbreaking women who changed the world. In fact, it's a rare person, child or adult, who can name more than two or three female scientists from history — and, even in those instances, the same few names are usually mentioned time and again.

    Now is time to change that! In this blog post, we're sharing the stories of 16 historic female scientists who have who have blazed new trails in their disciplines. From determining the size of the universe to unlocking the secrets of the genetic code, these women have forever changed the way we see our world. And if you'd like to learn more about any of the featured women or introduce them to children and teens, after each profile we've shared several reading recommendations for different age groups, as well as other resources that celebrate these women of discovery.

    For even more biographies of inspiring scientists, visit our entire selection of Scientist Biographies. You can also find hundreds of books for children and teens on trailblazing women in all fields in our Role Models Biography collection.

    For more resources to encourage your own Mighty Girl's interest in science, check out the recommendations in our blog posts: Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls and Top Science Toys for Mighty Girls.

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  • A Mighty Girl's favorite back-to-school books for young children!

    It 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. Continue reading Continue reading

  • 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 Continue reading

  • Our top 60 picks of backpacks for children and teens that reflect Mighty Girls' diverse interests in a wide range of colors and designs.

    Whether you're looking for a new backpack for school, need something to tote stuff for sleepovers, or want a heavy-duty, high-capacity daypack for hikes and traveling, it's important that the bag you pick can take everything your Mighty Girl has to throw at it! At the same time, backpacks are a fun way to reflect a child's interests and a tween's or teen's personality. The best backpacks are the ones that both go the distance and capture the wide array of interests of the Mighty Girls in our lives!

    With that in mind, we've put together a selection of our favorite backpacks for kids, from toddlers to teens. In the first half of this blog post, we've showcased a variety of backpacks in fun, colorful patterns that cover a wide variety of themes ranging from animals to science, and then in the second half, we've shared some of our favorite backpacks featuring Mighty Girl characters, including site favorites such as Wonder Woman, Moana, Star WarsThe IncrediblesInside Out, and Doc McStuffins. We're confident there's one every Mighty Girl will love! Continue reading Continue reading

  • Stephanie Kwolek's invention of Kevlar has saved countless lives over the past 40 years.

    Stephanie Kwolek's invention of Kevlar has saved countless lives over the past 40 years. Kevlar is a fiber five times stronger than steel that is now used in numerous products ranging from boots for firefighters to spacecraft — and most famously, in bulletproof vests. It's estimated that since Kevlar's introduction to body armor in the 1970s, the lives of over 3,000 police officers have been saved, as well as those of innumerable soldiers and others in conflict zones. On the day that the pioneering chemist passed away in June 2014 at the age of 90, DuPont announced that the one-millionth protective vest made using Kwolek's lifesaving invention was sold. Continue reading Continue reading

  • 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

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about friendships between girls and boys.

    Books about girls who are best friends forever are easy to find — but what about girls who are friends with boys? Mixed-gender friendships are all too rare in children's literature, and often those that do exist develop into a romance story, creating the impression that romance is the inevitable conclusion of all relationships between a girl and a boy. But in an ideal world, people are friends with anyone who shares their interests, and gender isn't a factor! Providing a model for these girl-boy friendships in children's books is a great way to show that friendships form with many different people — and reading about these friendships encourages kids to build and maintain mixed-gender friendships as they grow.

    In this blog post, we're featuring a variety of stories about girl-boy friendships. These girls and boys adventure together, care for one another, and provide the support that everyone needs to get through tough times. It's the perfect way to encourage young readers to focus not on the gender of a friend, but on the quality of the friendship. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's favorite picture books about Mighty Girls starting preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.

    The first day of school is exciting, but it's also a little nerve wracking, even for the bravest of Mighty Girls! For kids starting preschool or kindergarten, the big questions are likely to be about what school is like, how they'll manage missing Mom and Dad, and whether they'll make friends. Children moving up to first grade may also wonder if they're up for the increased expectations and bigger challenges that come with no longer being brand new to school.

    Fortunately, there are some great picture books out there to help reassure kids that they can handle whatever comes their way at school. These books provide helpful tips in age appropriate ways — and equally importantly, get kids giggling about how the Mighty Girls in the stories get through their own first days at school. Continue reading Continue reading

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