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This Week in A Mighty Girl History

Sara Josephine Baker, the pioneering American physician who revolutionized public health care for children in New York City, was born in 1873. Her reforms in the impoverished slums of New York saved the lives of 90,000 children, and were replicated across the U.S. and in other countries.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the American suffragist and abolitionist, was born in 1815. She organized the first-ever women's rights convention and drafted the "Declaration of Sentiments" which called for women to have equal civil, social, political, and religious rights.

News Round-Up

9 Heroic Women of World War I You Should Know. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the end of World War 1, we've shared the stories of nine courageous women who each made a major contribution during that long and devastating war.

Why Bright Girls Struggle: When Ability Doesn't Lead to Confidence. A psychologist explains why smart girls are often quick to give up when learning something new or complex — and offers tips on how to help Mighty Girls build confidence and perseverance.

Mighty Girls Honor Suffragists on Halloween. Our photo round-up features over two dozen Mighty Girls who dressed as suffragists to celebrate their heroes and encourage adults to exercise their hard-earned right to vote on Election Day.

Why Parents Need to Let Middle Schoolers Take Risks. Educator Michelle Icard explores the concept of "good risks," asserting that one of the best ways to keep often impulsive middle schoolers out of trouble and build their confidence is by letting them take risks.

19 Black Women Ran For Judge in One Texas County and Won. The women, who called themselves the "Houston 19" and campaigned together under the slogan "Black Girl Magic," all won their judicial seats in Harris County, the home of Houston.

From A Mighty Girl's Marketplace

I Am Sonia Sotomayor New!

This new addition to the bestselling Ordinary People Change The World series introduces children to the trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. As a child, the TV show Perry Mason made Sonia want to be a lawyer... but who had heard of a Latina girl from the Bronx becoming a lawyer? Even with other obstacles in her path, like a childhood diabetes diagnosis, Sonia refused to give up on her dream — and she eventually reached the highest court in the nation! This upbeat, vibrantly illustrated picture book strikes a wonderful balance between information and inspiration and sends a strong message to kids about the importance of determination in achieving your goals. Ages: 4 to 8
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This popular Ordinary People Change The World series also features books on Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, Lucille Ball, Jane Goodall, Sacagawea, and Harriet Tubman as well as the new 4-book Strong Girls Gift Set.

Strong Is The New Pretty: A Guided Journal For Girls New!

Inspired by Kate Parker's bestselling photo book Strong Is The New Pretty, this newly released guided journal is designed to help tween girls discover and celebrate their independent, wild, silly, and mighty selves! Illustrated with photographs from the book, as well as 20 new ones, each page features an inspiring, interactive prompt that encourages girls to learn more about themselves through writing, doodling, and creative self-expression. As girls complete the fun prompts such as "Draw a picture of yourself as a superhero — what is your superpower?", "Whom do you admire? Draw them here, and write your reasons why," and "What makes you unique? List three things about you that make you different," the journal becomes a source of inspiration and motivation to be their most powerful selves. Ages: 8 to 12
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One of our favorite t-shirts on this theme, available in a variety of styles and colors for all ages, proudly states "I'm not strong for a girl. I'm just strong."

The Poet X New!

This newly announced winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature tells the story of 15-year-old Xiomara Batista who feels voiceless in her largely Dominican community in Harlem. Feeling vulnerable since she's developed curves, she's relied on her fierce exterior and a willingness to throw a punch to keep herself safe. But she pours all of her frustration and insecurity — as well as her conflicts with her strict, religious mother — onto the pages of a notebook. When Xiomara is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, however, she's faced with a choice: leave her poems unspoken or raise her voice, no matter what people think. This powerful novel in verse offers a thoughtful look at identity, family, and the power of words through the eyes of a teen girl. Ages: 14 and up
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For more books about immigrant and first generation Mighty Girls, visit our blog post A New Land, A New Life: 25 Mighty Girl Books About the Immigrant Experience.

Becoming: A Memoir By Michelle Obama New!

During her eight years as First Lady, Michelle Obama established herself as a powerful advocate for girls and women while helping to create one of the most welcoming White Houses in history. In her inspiring new memoir, she chronicles the experiences that shaped her, from childhood years in Chicago's South Side, to the struggles of balancing motherhood with her work as an executive, to the challenges that come with stepping onto the nation's political stage. This personal and compelling account by one of present-day America's most iconic women will encourage readers to reach high and defy expectations, just as its author has done throughout her extraordinary life. Age: Adults
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For more books for adult readers about this pioneering First Lady, we also recommend Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer, Michelle Obama: A Photographic Journey, and the 16-writer essay collection The Meaning of Michelle.

Playmobil Horse Farm Advent Calendar New!

Count down to Christmas with this pony farm-themed Advent calendar from Playmobil! Twenty-four surprises wait inside, including a female horse trainer and two student riders, five horses and ponies, accessories to care for your equine friends, and even barn cats and curious hedgehogs. Kids can set up the included backdrop and then build their pony farm day by day leading up to Christmas. After the holidays, the set is a wonderful addition to any Playmobil collection for year-long fun. It's the perfect Advent calendar for horse-crazy Mighty Girls! Ages: 4 to 10
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For Mighty Girl books for the Christmas season, visit our blog post, Christmas is Coming: 50 Mighty Girl Christmas Stories.

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"Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World" Book Set Giveaway

For A Mighty Girl's new book giveaway, we're thrilled to present the new companion to the bestselling Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History about creative women worldwide: Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World! In her new book, author/illustrator Vashti Harrison celebrates female creators and thinkers including trailblazers such as computer scientist Grace Hopper, architect Zaha Hadid, musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe, actor and inventor Hedy Lamarr. From artists to scientists, writers to inventors, each of the 40 visionary women featured in this beautifully illustrated book shows us that sometimes seeing things a little differently can lead to big changes!

Thanks to its publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, three A Mighty Girl supporters will receive copies of both Little Dreamers and Little Leaders, both recommended for ages 6 to 10 – plus an additional copy of Little Dreamers will be donated to a school library designated by the winner. The giveaway is free to enter and the three winners will be randomly selected. With apologies to our many non-US-based supporters, due to legal restrictions, the giveaway is only open to US residents. The last day to enter is Tuesday, November 20.

To sign up for the Little Dreamers giveaway, visit the Giveaway Entry Page.

Mighty Girl Books for Native American Heritage Month

Every November, America celebrates Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the contributions and cultures of the Indigenous Peoples of North America. While Native American and Indigenous Peoples have long been underrepresented in media — especially children’s media — there has been notable improvement in recent years. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center, which tracks representation in children's books, found that while only 0.6% of children's book featured Native American or Indigenous characters in 2012, that number increased to nearly 2% in 2017, a percentage similar to the current day Native American population in the United States.

With the number of Native American-themed children's books continuing to grow, there are fortunately more titles than ever to share with young readers! In our blog post 40 Children's Books Celebrating Native American and Indigenous Mighty Girls, we've showcased a variety of books about Native American girls and women including historical fiction, biographies, and stories that feature modern Native American girls in their day-to-day lives. No matter their background, kids will love these tales of heroic girls and women from real life and legend — and gain a new appreciation for the contributions and cultures of the Indigenous peoples of North America!

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