In honor of Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science & Engineering Month, we’re sharing 5 children’s book recommendations that feature intelligent and ambitious heroines who challenge themselves to pursue their dreams and reach for the stars!
By A. Noelle
1. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (Ages 5+)
Though she’s quiet during the day, at night Rosie is actually a brilliant inventor of gadgets and gizmos with the dream of becoming an engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) reveals that her one goal left unaccomplished is to fly, Rosie gets to work building a contraption to help Rose live out her dream. When Rosie’s initial flight test ends in failure, Rose explains, “You can only fail if you quit.” Read about how Rosie takes this piece of advice.
2. Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen (Ages 4 – 8)
At the age of 2, Violet Van Winkle could fix almost any appliance in the house. By 8, she was constructing flying machines—the Tubbubbler, the Bicycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig. When her classmates tease her, she must consider how she can win their respect—perhaps by winning the blue ribbon in the upcoming Air Show? Or possibly by saving the day with the help of her best invention?!
3. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (Ages 3 – 7)
With her very best friend, who happens to be a dog, one girl without a name decides to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows exactly how it will look and work, but she runs into quite a few problems that make her so angry that she quits! That’s when her dog convinces her to take a walk. She comes back to her project refreshed and determined to complete her most MAGNIFICENT thing! Read on and fire up your young inventors’ imaginations!
4. Luz Sees the Light by Claudia Dávila (Ages 8 – 12)
Frequent power outages, soaring gas prices, and now Luz needs to walk to the mall?! Well, soon this bright girl realizes that necessary changes need to be made since times are changing—her name means “light” after all. With rising food prices, Luz decides to create a more sustainable community by transforming an abandoned city lot into an urban garden. But she comes up against some opposition from her friends and neighbors. How will Luz tackle these challenges for the sake of sustainable living?
5. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (Ages 8 – 12)
When Zita’s best friend gets abducted by an “alien doomsday cult,” she springs into action and finds herself on a strange planet with humanoid chickens and neurotic robots! Read about her intergalactic adventures with your young explorers!