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A Girl's Bill of Rights

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"I have the right to be bold, and mighty, and LOUD!"

Power, confidence, freedom, consent. Girls can think what they want, say what they want, and love what they want. Girls can choose their own friends, choose their own boundaries, and choose their own paths. Every girl has the right to be whoever she is--no matter what.

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"This little book is full of color and wisdom and delight. It's very accessible, very down-to-earth. I wish every girl had a copy." --Stephanie J. Hull, PhD, President & CEO, Girls Inc.

"A joyful and affirmative introduction to human rights for young people." --Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad, All the Single Ladies, and Big Girls Don't Cry

"A Girl's Bill of Rights charmingly delivers the most important messages a little girl can hear. My hope is that every girl gets this book, gets these messages, and gets ready to change the world." --Gail Heimann, CEO, Weber Shandwick

"Amy Mucha's gorgeous book A Girl's Bill of Rights (illustrated by Addy Rivera Sonda) will give a new generation of girls a new way to view their world. These are exciting days to be a girl!" --Stacey Keare, President of Girls Rights Project

"Empowering, heartening, and simply beautiful, A Girl's Bill of Rights acknowledges a range of normal feelings for today's girls and validates every one. A must for libraries." --Diane Magras, award-winning author of the New York Times Editors' Choice The Mad Wolf's Daughter and The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter

"A Girl's Bill of Rights is an uplifting, confidence-boosting declaration of a girl's right to her own feelings, opinions, and choices in any situation." --Bea Birdsong, author of I Will Be Fierce

"Amy Mucha's A Girl's Bill of Rights carries a powerful message that encourages girls not just to be themselves, but to be unabashedly proud of everything that makes them unique and wonderful." --Kristyn Kusek Lewis, bestselling author of Perfect Happiness and Half of What You Hear

32 pages, Hardcover

Published February 2, 2021

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Amy B. Mucha

1 book12 followers
Amy Burnham Mucha spent her childhood in various parts of New York and New Jersey dreaming up stories of power and magic while exploring the woods around her homes. Amy’s love of books led her to Kenyon College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English Literature. Though she does not own a time machine, she once spent a summer as a Victorian candlemaker.

After spending twenty of her adult years in the sunny South, Amy finally found a town full of book lovers where the weather is always perfect for a hot cup of tea. She is now firmly ensconced in Hanover, New Hampshire with her husband, two teenagers, and many spoiled pets. She still spends her days walking through the woods spinning stories of power and magic, only now she gets to share them with the world.

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Author 1 book15 followers
July 20, 2020
What a phenomenal affirmation of what kids--and humans!--are entitled to. This book will help girls of any age feel confident and powerful in themselves and their decisions.
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Author 2 books5 followers
January 24, 2021
This book shows girls what it means to stand up for their rights. The clear language, colorful illustrations, and diverse cast make it an engaging read.
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13k reviews269 followers
August 5, 2021
Colorful illustrations featuring a diverse cast of characters--girls, marvelous girls in all sorts of shapes and sizes--complement an introduction to the rights they have to be themselves. Whether it be decisions about their clothing, hair or opinions or even their emotions, girls have the right to be whatever or whomever they wish to be, to dream big dreams, speak loudly and proudly, and say yes or no to whatever is being offered. This empowering text will bring a smile to the lips of many girls who read it while also possibly being a springboard for conversations about each of the examples portrayed in the various scenes.
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10 reviews17 followers
January 13, 2021
(Original review: https://elenareads.com/2021/01/11/rev...)

A Girl’s Bill Of Rights is a sweet book with an empowering message that will inspire all girls to be themselves and not let anyone stop them.

I received this DRC (digital reading copy) from the author of this amazing book, Amy B. Mucha. The book goes on sale Feb. 2, and I definitely recommend it!

The book is exactly what the title proclaims it to be: a girl’s bill of rights. In kid-friendly terms, accompanied by whimsical illustrations, each page gives a phrase on why girl’s matter. One page explains that girl’s have the right to think for themselves and and make decisions for themselves. Another page explains girls have the right to feel however they want, and they have the right to laugh and cry.

This book really takes into consideration the history of women in the past and now. Women had to fight for our right to vote and be treated as equal in society. Many women now are treated differently because of the mere fact they are a girl. Young girls may also be told their only purpose in life is to cook and clean and marry well, and that men are superior. Our sex should not determine what people think of us, because everyone is created equal. This book teaches girls they have the right to speak their mind and when someone is hurting or disrespecting them, they have the right to tell them to stop.

I loved how the illustrations by Addy Rivera Sonda were so diverse, because then it shows that all girls have rights, even girls with a darker hue, or girls who need a wheelchair to get around, or girls who celebrate different holidays, etc, etc. I was in awe of how A Girl’s Bill Of Rights made me feel proud and prominent. It made me want to stand up and proclaim to the world that I have the power to be myself, to do what I want, and not let anyone stand in my way or tell me I can’t do something.

Obviously, this book is for girls. Girls young and old, Black and white, Jewish and Muslim…this book is for all girls, so that they can proclaim they have the power to be themselves, too. Of course, boys should read it also!

I loved this book! Four out of four roses!
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113 reviews8 followers
February 13, 2021
This picture book is all about girls standing up for their right to confidence, freedom, and consent. A Girl’s Bill Of Rights reads a bit like a lyrical affirmation, and to be honest, it has a few lines I should probably be speaking into the mirror every once in a while. This book pushes back on the many societal expectations women, girls, and other femmes are faced with, like the pressure to avoid making people “uncomfortable” with your feelings, or to shy away from being proud of your achievements.

Despite the depth of the subject matter, the illustrations by Addy Rivera Sonda are so fun, and I love that they depict such a diverse cast of characters.

I also love that A Girl’s Bill Of Rights can be used to teach children both how they deserve to be treated, and how they should be treating others. While this is a great book for encouraging girls to stand up for themselves and speak up about how they feel, I think it is an equally important read for boys. I can’t wait to start reading this book to my son so he will know from an early age how I expect him to treat women.

Thank you so much to Beaming Books for sending me a review copy of A Girl’s Bill of Rights. It was an absolute delight to read!

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60 reviews45 followers
January 16, 2021
Such an essential and affirming read for young ones who identify as girls! A Girl's Bill of Rights is exactly the kind of picture book you can comfortably place in the hands of any young reader who has felt the need to shrink themselves or excuse harmful behavior directed at them. Mucha declares loud and proud how every aspect of your identity is yours to own, from the way you style your hair to your refusal to smile (and what girl hasn't been coerced to smile at some point in her life?). It fills me with joy to know books like this exist to teach children about consent ("I have the right to say 'STOP!' and even the right to SCREAM it!") and self-love that is truly inclusive. And illustrated in Addy Rivera Sonda's candy-colored rainbow dream palette, I can't imagine any little girl who could keep her hands off of it.
14 reviews
June 5, 2021

When I saw the book review for “A Girl’s Bill of Rights” on the Instagram account @booksgrowminds, I instantly signed onto Amazon to purchase a copy for my daughter.

In my excitement, I couldn’t wait for the physical copy, so I bought the Kindle version and read it myself first.

Now, I cannot stop singing the praises of this book!

Seriously, I wish that someone had shared these valuable “rights” with me when I was young; then, maybe it wouldn't have taken over 30+ years to gain enough confidence to speak up or advocate for myself more effectively.

Anyway, it's a simple read but has an important message.

I am so glad that resources or stories like this exist to empower, encourage, and teach the younger generation of the female population how to use their voices, set healthy boundaries, and permit them to be comfortable with & knowledgeable about their personhood.
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Author 3 books28 followers
July 24, 2020
A Girl's Bill of Rights by Amy B. Mucha
"I have the right to be me!" The message comes across loud and clear in this engaging picture book giving all girls and people the right to stand up for themselves. The illustrations do a great job representing a variety of ethnic backgrounds. I have the right to love this book, and I do! I recommend this book for children, as well as adults!
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Author 1 book6 followers
November 29, 2020
This story shows children that they have the right to be themselves, along with all that they feel and all that they love in the things and people around them. It also shows that it is okay to make mistakes and forgive ourselves when mistakes happen. This book is a great example of a story that can spark meaningful conversations between children and adults in any setting--home or classroom. Highly recommended for young readers who will be encouraged to draw from the list of rights presented and make one of their own.
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Author 18 books12 followers
January 13, 2021
This is an encouraging and uplifting book for girls (and boys). I am especially drawn to the part of the book where girls are encouraged to acknowledge and express their emotions in healthy ways. Women have long been cast as overly emotional and as little girls, we can inadvertently learn the lesson that we should repress those emotions so we don't make others uncomfortable. We need to stop doing that! Addy Rivera Sonda's illustrations are beautiful and the depiction of a diverse group of girls leading the way is exciting and hopeful.
8 reviews
February 12, 2021
A Girls Bill of Rights #author Amy B Mucha #illustrator Addy Rivera Sonda

We’re cheering for this beautiful book that not only empowers girls but shares remarkable ways that girls can mentor themselves. #momdaughterfavbooks

Girls can do and be anything they want.Reading into this further my 9 year old daughter shared that “when these girls were doing what they wanted they helped another friend be self confident “passing on the “right “ to be you’re authentic self .

#momdaughterfavbooks #BookReview @lynhannsbookad1
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85 reviews
July 10, 2021
A Nice Simple Lesson

A GIRL’S BILL OF RIGHTS is a nice introduction for young girls about how they are entitled to take up space, express their emotions, and never let anyone get in their way. Short, sweet, and simple, the book starts to combat the harmful implicit messages that our girls can receive from society. The diverse cast of characters comes across in fun, colorful illustrations that give concrete examples of just how girls can enact their fundamental rights. All in all, this book is a great way to talk with kids about a tough issue in a light-hearted way.
1,291 reviews18 followers
December 16, 2022
'me and my girl posse can do whatever we want, whenever we want, we have the united states constitution at our backs. if i want to throw a tantrum on the soccer pitch, that is alright, accept me for who i am, i do not care if i get a red card, nor do i care for my teammates, i care only for myself!'

if i want to swing one day, then not swing the next day, that is my decision, if i say yes one day and no the next, you have to accept that. if i want to be ms america and g i jane, that is my decision!'
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Author 2 books64 followers
July 22, 2020
Wow! Amy's words are empowering, and Addy's illustrations are thoughtful and inclusive. I love the message to young (and old) girls that screams of confidence and acceptance. We have the right to be who we are--our whole selves! No need to apologize for all the wonderful and amazing things we are and instead, embrace our unique traits and abilities as women. This is a Bill of Rights I hope all women and girls sign off on and choose to live by!!
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Author 10 books308 followers
November 21, 2020
Important book I wish I'd had when I was young. Through the beautiful illustrations (showing girls who are from all backgrounds) to the empowering words, children who read this will know they have rights to feel what they feel, make important and sometimes difficult choices, to stand up for themselves and others when they are mistreated.
This books makes me so happy that children will see this and hopefully take this message with them wherever they go in life from an early age.
Author 1 book8 followers
December 2, 2020
Empowering. Inspiring. Important. Timely. A Girl's Bill of Rights is a must read for young girls, who are learning how to stand up and stand tall for themselves. The assertion of the opening itself ("I have the right to like what I like and love what I love") gives me goosebumps! It's also a must read for boys, who need to know the rights they enjoy more freely also apply to girls. Inclusive, idyllic artwork rounds out the messages contained in this gem of a picture book.
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Author 1 book14 followers
December 31, 2020
This picture book is so empowering! I especially love the line, "I have the right to laugh." I have such a loud laugh (and loud voice), and sometimes I feel like I need to make myself smaller for people/not be so much. (I do make sure I'm quieter when I'm inside!) This picture book encourages readers to celebrate their traits/feelings and to not feel embarrassed to be who they are. As Amy says, we have the right to be ourselves!
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Author 8 books10 followers
January 12, 2021
I was kindly provided with an advanced reader copy of this book from the author. A Girl’s Bill of Rights is a colorful collage of various diverse girls declaring their individual freedoms. It’s a delightful yet bold telling of affirmations that will be sure to embolden little girls as they begin their journey through this oftentimes-confusing world. The book holds truth for us all. I wish I had this book growing up.
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Author 1 book11 followers
January 27, 2021
A Girl's Bill of Rights by Amy B. Mucha is a smart, empowering book for young readers! I love that this book is inclusive, and depicts girls from all different backgrounds. This is a critical read for all readers! I love that it teaches readers that they have "rights," and most importantly, that they have the right to be themselves. I think this book should be in every classroom, and in the hands of every girl!
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Author 4 books27 followers
January 27, 2021
Amy B. Mucha’s book is something every little girl needs. This uplifting, empowering story reminds girls that they can be anything. A welcome addition to classrooms and libraries.

The illustrations by Addy Rivera Sonda capture girls doing a variety of activities. Bright colors—and even brighter smiling faces—enliven the text.

I thank Beaming Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Jocelyn Rish.
Author 5 books11 followers
August 7, 2021
An empowering book for girls of all ages, as well as an important read for boys. Amy B. Mucha clearly and definitively affirms the rights girls have that are often undermined by society. She reminds us that we can dress how we want, express our feelings, set boundaries, and decide who we will be. Addy Rivera Sonda's lively illustrations show a diverse group of girls enjoying life and bonding as friends, which give Amy's words even more power.
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Author 6 books63 followers
July 23, 2020
This book is a book for all girls. It's time we, girls. can fight for all our rights. This book is all about showing all that we can do. Buy it if you have a girl. Buy it if you have a boy. The illustrations are also amazing and you see a diversity of girls. So all the girls can see them represented in the book about Yes, You CAN. In Spanish - Sí, se puede!
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Author 8 books10 followers
November 13, 2020
“I have the right to like what I like and love what I love.” I can’t think of a better message with which to equip our girls as they blaze their own unique paths in this world. The text and illustrations are joyful yet thoughtful—a celebration of being exactly who you are. Looking forward to giving this book to the young women in my life—and maybe an extra one for the younger me. :)
13 reviews2 followers
November 21, 2020
This little book delivers a powerful message. From the first line to the last, it affirms a girl's (or any kid's) right to be themselves, feel their feelings, and stand up for what they believe. The colorful illustrations show a diverse group of girls. This book should be shared with girls from 0 to 90!
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Author 1 book19 followers
November 22, 2020
As a teacher and a father of two girls, I'm a big fan of A Girl's Bill of Rights. Mucha's words are empowering and they assure readers that no matter how they feel or what they do, they have the right to be true to themselves. This book would be a great addition to elementary classroom libraries and as a read-aloud for Social and Emotional Learning lessons.
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Author 9 books21 followers
November 22, 2020
An important book for girls but also an important book for boys to read as well. Amy Mucha's girl-power story doesn't hold back--girls can be what they wish and with no apologies. This book is a great conversation starter for parents of all genders. Lively, active and bold, Mucha's story is a must for any child's bookshelf.
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4 reviews3 followers
November 23, 2020
This is a book that needed to be written, and all girls need to read.

Using clear prose, vibrant illustrations, and a sweet cast of characters, A Girl's Bill of Rights clearly lays out the fact that feelings (all of them!) are okay, and who you are is special.

I am so happy this book is out in the world, and has the chance to impact so many girls' lives for the better.
40 reviews1 follower
December 7, 2020
This is a timely book with an empowering message, particularly for girls. It addresses having the right to smile, or not smile, having autonomy in physical touch, and being able to speak up. The colorful, inclusive illustrations complement the simple prose well. A great picture book read for all children!
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