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Is Disney’s Zootopia a Feminist Film Completely by Accident?

In a recent interview with io9 the director of Zootopia, Byron Howard, tells the story of how originally, the main character of this film wasn’t supposed to be Judy Hopps, the police officer bunny, but Nick the con artist fox. Back in November 2014, after years of production, the team behind the film realized that […]

Posted on: February 29, 2016

The Girl Power Behind Disney’s New “Big Hero 6”

The next animated Disney blockbuster — “Big Hero 6,” coming to theaters this week — features two female scientists who are crucial to saving the day. In this interview, Jamie Chung, who voices a robotics engineer, and Genesis Rodriguez, whose character is a chemistry whiz, talk about their hope that girls who see the film […]

Posted on: November 07, 2014

Spirited Away

(as recommended by Mighty Girl) Spirited Away is a wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. Read More…

Posted on: November 05, 2014

IlluStory Make Your Own Book Kit

(as recommended by Mighty Girl) Imagine your child’s face when she or he sees their own story and drawings made into a professionally typeset, hardbound book! With this multi-award winning kit, you simply have your child write and illustrate their story using the materials supplied in the kit, which are then mailed in (in the […]

Posted on: November 05, 2014


(as recommended by Mighty Girl) All Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly. Her daddy was a pilot, and years after his death she feels closest to him when she’s in the air. But as a young black woman in 1940s Louisiana, she knows the sky is off limits to her, until America enters […]

Posted on: November 05, 2014

Zita the Spacegirl

(as recommended by Common Sense media) Parents need to know that Zita the Spacegirl is an exciting graphic novel with a brave young girl at the center of the story. Her example of bravery, loyalty, and acceptance of others despite differences will resonate with kids. Read More…

Posted on: November 04, 2014

The Best Of Girls To The Rescue

(as recommended by Mighty Girl) In most fairy tales, the helpless girl waits around for a prince to rescue her. But the girls featured in the Girls to the Rescue series’ seven books are not only smart, they’re also spunky enough to save the day when the going gets tough. Read More…

Posted on: November 04, 2014

My Robot Friend

(as recommended by Common Sense Media) Parents need to know that My Robot Friend is a LeapFrog app targeted at older elementary kids, unlike LeapFrog’s usual early education offerings. There’s some crude humor with a sarcastic, burping cat and some mild violence blowing up stuffed animals with rockets and freezing robots, but nothing graphic. Read […]

Posted on: November 04, 2014

Physics Solar Workshop

(as recommended by Mighty Girl) Physics Solar Workshop explores the topic of solar energy, focusing on photovoltaic cells. By building 12 models and conducting 30 experiments, you will learn how solar cells transform light into electrical energy, and how motors and mechanical devices can optimize the work done by this energy. You will build different […]

Posted on: November 04, 2014


(as recommended by Common Sense Media) Parents need to know that the free NASA App is an official NASA app, jam-packed with more information on the U.S. space program and astronomy than you could digest in a lifetime. With new information added daily from a variety of NASA sources, including NASA’s public television channel, this […]

Posted on: November 04, 2014
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