Engaging with quality books and cinema creates more evolved people. Period. Feel free to write an angry FB post about why you don’t need to do either of those things. Oh wait, nevermind, y'all ain’t like that! We love artsy intelligent stuff here at Autostraddle! But finding solid and non-damaging media/arts for kids, especially female kids, can be difficult. I feel like most little American kid brains are steered towards reality teevee, and I worry that it's easy to reach the age of 10 without reading a real book. And when kids do read, especially girl kids, they often as not just end up with something like Twilight, books that don't help them see the strength inside themselves. Harry Potter would have died in the first book if it weren't for Hermione, you know? Which is why I'm so glad that A Mighty Girl, a resource for books and movies that are affirming and encouraging of girls, exists.
About A Mighty Girl :
A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls. 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. The site was founded on the belief that all girls should have the opportunity to read books and watch movies that offer positive messages about girls and honor their diverse capabilities.
Also, A Mighty Girl doesn’t have separate categories for Black, Latina, Asian or differently abled. All of the stories are together as equals, as it should be. And AMG isn't just for kids -- there are books and movies in their collection that appeal to everyone. I might just spend the afternoon brushing up on my female empowerment media because then it's not slacking right? Then it's Feminism.
So spread the word about this website and use it to build up the catalogues and media libraries of all the badass little kids in your world. It might be called A Mighty Girl but the works in their collection will help kids of all identities grow up to be better people. What are your favorite girl power books and movies and things? Share! Matilda by Roald Dahl will always be at the top of my list.