A Mighty Girl Blog

  • Free Posters Celebrating Mighty Women in Science

    Six downloadable posters celebrating women in science perfect for displaying in classrooms and kids' rooms!

    Designer Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya has created a series of incredible posters celebrating women in science that are perfect for displaying in a classroom or kid's bedroom! The six posters featured here, which are free to download, were created by Amanda, a science-trained designer, to connect the Women's March to the March for Science as part of her Beyond Curie design project focused on women in science.

    Below each poster, we've also provided a short introduction to each of the featured scientists as well as recommended reading for both kids and adults. To download any of the posters below, click the image or the "download poster" link.

    For more girl-empowering posters on a wide range of topics, visit A Mighty Girl's Art & Decor section.

    To introduce kids to more inspiring female scientists from throughout history, you can find many books for children and teens in our blog post, Celebrating Science: 50 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls.

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  • Standing Together: 50 Mighty Girl Books Celebrating Diversity and Acceptance

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for children and teens celebrating acceptance and the value of diversity.

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    For parents and educators concerned about fostering children's appreciation of diversity and acceptance of others, it can sometimes feel like an uphill battle in such divisive times. From the subtle to the overt, discrimination based on sex, race, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin, appearance, and ability does exist, and tackling it can be a difficult conversation to have with kids regardless of their age.

    Fortunately, thoughtful stories exploring these issues in sensitive and compassionate ways can help make such discussions a bit easier. To that end, in this blog post, we've collected fifty books for both children and teens that explore the ways in which our differences shape our views of the world, affect how we interact with one another, and influence our future — and how those differences are strengths to be celebrated. As well, many of these titles show kids how to stand up for their peers and others when they see discrimination happening right in front of them. By sharing books like these, kids will learn the most important lesson of living in a diverse world: by standing together, there's nothing we can't accomplish.

    For over 200 titles that celebrate acceptance of differences, visit our Tolerance & Acceptance Collection. For more books that star Mighty Girls of all cultures, races, religions, sexual orientations, and abilities, visit our Multicultural Fiction Collection. Continue reading

  • That Time Of The Month: Teaching Your Mighty Girl About Her Menstrual Cycle

    A Mighty Girl's recommended books and resources for preparing girls for their first periods.

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    first-period-kitDo you remember having your period for the first time? Were you relieved, scared, or confused? Did you know what was happening, or were you told after the fact? Did you think you could bleed to death, or believe that you couldn’t swim or go to gym class? Did you hear someone make joking references to women being “on the rag” and think, “I’ll die of embarrassment if anyone knows?” Did you feel like you were prepared?

    In a world that is increasingly public about all sorts of previously private topics, menstruation is often still a taboo subject. What information girls do hear around them is often negative or incorrect, and even school health classes that discuss the subject often focus on the “nuts and bolts” without ever touching on the real, practical experience of a monthly cycle. As a result menarche — a girl’s first period — is still likely to be disconcerting for her.

    But parents, mentors, and friends of Mighty Girls can turn this milestone of womanhood into a much more positive experience. By providing lots of accurate information, real-life experience, and practical advice, girls can learn to view their menstrual cycle in a totally different way: as an important element of their female nature and as a key sign of coming adulthood. In this blog post, we’ll help you turn a girl’s first period into an empowering experience. Continue reading

  • Pack It Up: Empowering Backpacks for Mighty Girls

    Our top 50 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 50 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 WarsInside Out, and Doc McStuffins. We're confident there's one every Mighty Girl will love! Continue reading

  • Meet the Six Mighty Girl National Finalists in the Young Scientist Challenge

    Six of the ten national finalists in the premier science competition for middle schoolers are Mighty Girls! In this post, we introduce the girls and their incredible projects.

    The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the premier science competition in the U.S. for middle school kids and, like every year, the Mighty Girls in the competition continue to astound! The event challenges kids in 5th through 8th grades to use their scientific know-how to come up with an invention or solution that addresses an everyday problem. Whether it's an issue that affects themselves, their family, their community, or the whole world, they get to turn their ingenuity and drive towards making a difference — and every year, it's amazing what these young scientists think up!

    This year, in a show of how girls and women are on the leading edge of science, six out of the ten national finalists are Mighty Girl scientists! These Young Scientist finalists will be spending their summers working with mentors to develop their visions into a more polished prototype, and we can't wait to see the results at the finals in October, where they'll be vying for a $25,000 prize and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist" for 2017.

    In this blog post, we introduce you to these six clever and creative Mighty Girls and their incredible projects. From harnessing an unexpected source of clean energy to cleaning up oil spills with everyday materials to changing the way we design medical equipment for kids, these Mighty Girls' inventive solutions to everyday problems will inspire science lovers of every age! Continue reading

  • Self-Rescuing Mighty Girls: 40 Books Starring Independent Princesses

    40 of our favorite Mighty Girl stories starring smart, confident, and courageous princesses!

    A princess is always pretty, sweet, passive, and needs a prince to rescue her, right? Wrong!

    At A Mighty Girl, we receive many questions from people searching for empowering depictions of princesses — books that prove that princesses can be much so more than the limited stereotype usually applied! Instead, princess characters can be smart, strong, courageous, daring, and kind; and most importantly, they can be individuals, just like the children who love hearing their stories.

    In this blog post, we feature 40 of our favorite independent princess stories but this is just a small sample of the many great titles available. In our popular special feature The Ultimate Guide to the Independent Princess, you'll find more than 100 books starring smart, confident, and courageous princesses for all ages! Continue reading

  • The Big Day: 18 Picture Books About Mighty Girls Starting School

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

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    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

  • Eclipse Fever: 15 Books and Toys To Inspire Mighty Girls to Reach for the Stars

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books, toys, and gear to inspire young astronomers -- and introduce them to the women who helped us understand the stars.

    On August 21, people across North America will get the chance to witness a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event: a solar eclipse! It's the first total eclipse in the continental US since 1979, and for central US states, the first total eclipse since 1918. Even for those not in the zone of totality, partial eclipses will be visible in many places. So it's no wonder that there is so much excitement brewing — and with it, a surge of interest in astronomy and all things space!

    If the upcoming eclipse has your kids clamoring to learn more about astronomy, this is the perfect time to pursue their interest — and to share stories of the little-known women who have made enormous contributions to the field. In this blog post, we're providing a selection of books to talk about the eclipse itself and gear to view the eclipse safely,  as well as a variety of toys and science kits to support an interest in astronomy, and books about female astronomers throughout history. It's a great way to show kids of all ages that the sky doesn't have to be the limit! Continue reading

  • A Girl's Best Friend: 40 Mighty Girl Stories About Caring For Animals

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about girls and their love of animals!

    animal-lovers-blog-webFor many Mighty Girls, a beloved animal provides a treasured relationship. And whether an animal is large or small, wild or domesticated or maybe even imaginary, sometimes it’s a Mighty Girl who cares for them or even comes to their rescue! If your Mighty Girl is an animal lover, she’ll love these stories about fictional Mighty Girls who take care of the other creatures around them.

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  • 40 Prime Day Deals for Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of Amazon Prime Day Deals for Mighty Girls!

    With Amazon offering over 100,000 deals for this year's Prime Day, it can be challenging to find the best deals for the Mighty Girls in your life. To help make it easier, we've sorted through all of the options to find fifty of the most empowering and high quality toys and gear for kids of all ages. From building sets to arts & crafts to pretend-play toys, there's something that every Mighty Girl will love!

    As always, you'll need to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of the Prime Day deals. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial if you'd like to access the deals featured below. Continue reading

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