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Category: books
  • Two new books for tweens explore the little-discussed but widespread problem of sexual harassment in middle school.

    The rise of the #MeToo movement in 2017 brought much-needed attention to the widespread problem of sexual harassment of adult women. There has been little discussion, however, about the harassment of tween and teen girls by their peers, and how the way we respond to that harassment shapes what girls and boys think is socially acceptable. With a nationwide study finding that 56% of girls in grades 7 to 12 report experiencing sexual harassment at school, authors have recently began to explore this important topic in their works for middle grade readers. And, whether read together at home or at a book club or in a classroom, such books provide an excellent opportunity for parents and educators to start timely and essential conversations about harassment and boundaries with tween girls and boys.  Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of the best new books for children and teens about incredible women from around the world.

    Gerda Lerner, the historian and scholar who pioneered the field of women's history, once said, "In my courses, the teachers told me about a world in which ostensibly one-half the human race is doing everything significant and the other half doesn’t exist." But increasingly, we are reclaiming history, telling the stories of the girls and women whose contributions to our shared story deserve to be celebrated! As parents and educators, it's also important that we tell these stories to all of our children, boys and girls alike, so that they live in a world where history has always been about the contributions of all of humanity. 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! Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of the best children's books about pioneering black women published over the past year!

    African-American women historically faced both gender and racial discrimination, and their stories are therefore often missing from mainstream histories — but today's children's authors are working to change that! Every year, we see more and more books celebrating inspiring black women pioneers in every field, many featuring little-known figures who have never had their own dedicated biographies before. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of the books, pretend play toys, and tool sets to encourage Mighty Girl builders!

    Whether you're putting together a bookshelf, wiring a light switch, or swapping a kitchen faucet, there's tremendous satisfaction in building something yourself! However, when you picture a carpentry hobbyist or a construction worker, chances are good the person you picture is male. Girls and women have often been discouraged from picking up tools, whether they're interested in trying some basic home repairs or considering a skilled trade as a career. As a result, the percentage of women in skilled trades jobs has been under 9% nationwide for decades. However, with the rise in popularity of DIY, girls are increasingly discovering that they can design, build, and fix things on their own! Continue reading Continue reading

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

    It 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. Continue reading Continue reading

  • 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. Continue reading Continue reading

  • Our top picks of empowering books celebrating adoption and adopted Mighty Girls!

    “If the standard route for creating a family had worked for me, I wouldn't have met this child. I needed to know her. I needed to be her mother. I know now why all those events happened. Or didn't happen. So I could meet this little girl. She is, in every way, my daughter.” — Nia Vardalos, Instant Mom

    Today is National Adoption Day, a day for “celebrating a family for every child.” Around the the world, there are millions of children who have found the home and love they deserve through adoption — and millions of parents who have found joy and love in return! Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's favorite Christmas books, from beloved classics to new releases -- all starring Mighty Girls!

    With December fast approaching, the Christmas season is almost here! And what better activity is there to prepare for the holidays than curling up and reading a beloved Christmas story together? For many families, reading holiday stories — whether old favorites or new finds — is a treasured part of the season. And, what better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a Mighty Girl Christmas story! Continue reading Continue reading

  • The best board books about Mighty Girl role models and the potential of every Mighty Girl!

    What better way to welcome a little Mighty Girl to the world than with a few empowering books? Board books are a wonderful way to build a love of reading from a baby's first months, whether parents are reading to them at bedtime or they're ready to sit on the floor and explore them on their own. And, today's board books provide plenty to explore, from the lives of baby girls around the world to inspiring women of the past and present to the exciting possibilities for her future. In this blog post, we're sharing our favorite board books that are perfect as a gift for a new baby or a mom-to-be at a baby shower. Durable and appealing for both parent and child, they're sure to be favorites for years to come! Continue reading Continue reading

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