Do you know a bright young girl? A daughter, sister, cousin, niece, neighbor, student, friend? Does she like to read? (Or do you want her too?) Have you heard about A Mighty Girl: The world's largest collection of books and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls? They are relatively new (launched in March of this year!) but already have a varied and interesting collection of books and movies. Here's what they have to say about themselves:
After years of seeking out empowering and inspirational books for our four young nieces, we decided to create A Mighty Girl as a resource site to help others equally interested in supporting and celebrating girls. Our labor of love has now come to fruition as the world’s largest collection of books and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls.
The site was founded on the belief that all children should have the opportunity to read books and watch movies that offer positive messages about girls and honor their diverse capabilities. We believe that girls do not have to be relegated to the role of sidekick or damsel in distress; they can be the leaders, the heroes, the champions that save the day, find the cure, and go on the adventure. It is our hope that these high-quality children’s products will help a new generation of girls to grow and pursue whatever dreams they choose -- to truly be Mighty Girls!
I already see a substantial amount of our birthday and winter holidays budgets being spent here! Just a few products that have caught my eye:
My Lady A is nuts about birds. She can spend hours watching them out the window, or looking through bird watcher books at all the lifelike pictures. It took buying bird-bedecked sheets and blankets to get her to make the move to her very own big girl bed. So, naturally we feel in love with Sara Pennypacker's Sparrow Girl; the story of a girl so entranced by the sparrow that she goes against her family, her community, even her country to save them. And the illustrations by Yoko Tanaka are just stunning.
Ming-Li looked up and tried to imagine the sky silent, empty of birds. It was a terrible thought. Her country's leader had called sparrows the enemy of the farmers--they were eating too much grain, he said. He announced a great "Sparrow War" to banish them from China, but Ming-Li did not want to chase the birds away. As the people of her village gathered with firecrackers and gongs to scatter the sparrows, Ming-Li held her ears and watched in dismay. The birds were falling from the trees, frightened to death! Ming-Li knew she had to do something--even if she couldn't stop the noise. Quietly, she vowed to save as many sparrows as she could, one by one...
"Opposite the grave historical account, though, is an uplifting image: on a field of white, a small nest with seven eggs promises the hope that springs from the simple actions of one empathetic heart." -- Booklist
And, although we own most of the movies in her age range, we did find the Miss Mallard movies. (How have I never heard of these before?) I am really excited to give them a try.
Here are stories that stimulate children with simple problem-solving puzzles that increase learning skills. More than that, the stories encourage 5 to 12 year olds to analyze events and scrutinize characters that they can apply to their daily lives. That's why children can't get enough of mysteries and why they love the adventures of Miss Mallard and her nephew, Willard Widgeon of the Swiss Police. The world-famous ducktective and her nephew travel around the world encountering all kinds of fowl play. No detail is overlooked by Miss Mallard. There's never been a case she couldn't "quack." -- Author's Site
This set includes the episodes:Taxi to Intrigue, Cable Car to Catastrophe, Express Train to Trouble, Whistle Stop to Fear, Footbridge to Jitters, Snowmobile to Panic. Miss Mallard's adventures continue in Miss Mallard Meets the Masters of Mischief.
I am really excited to see what A Mighty Girl picks up next!
Just a note: I am in no way being compensated for this! I just really like the website and wanted to bring it to the attention of other people looking for positive books and movies for girls!