I found I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer at the library completely organically. I was walking out of the children’s section with Me…Jane in my arms (that’s a separate blog post) and just happened to notice the name Amelia Earhart on the spine of a book at eye level. Imagine my delight when I pulled it out and saw that it was a children’s book on the life of Amelia Earhart from her perspective as a child. To put it mildly, this book is awesome.
Seriously, how can you not be inspired by that? Rose thought the idea of having a parade thrown for you was pretty cool, I loved the words.
I had fun explaining the engineering behind the roller coaster she built (way to reduce the friction with grease Amelia!). I also expanded on the themes of her learning to fly with a discussion on the technology she needed to learn (simplified for a 5 year old of course).
Rose was entertained by this book, a large part of which was the great illustrations that are very kid friendly. It was great that Amelia was illustrated as a kid through the whole book. I think it helped her identify with the character better. More than having to imagine herself as an adult, Rose got to see the KID doing all this cool adult stuff.
“Why I review” and a disclaimer:
This post is a continuation on my series of book reviews of children’s book which emphasize topics in the STEM field that would be interesting to young girls. It started when I had difficulty finding STEM related children’s books that weren’t obviously written for boys. Most had only male main characters or even only male characters period. My girls had a hard time identifying with them. Thus, this blog series was born. The opinions in these blogs are purely my own. Well, really they are my girls opinions. Either they like them or they wander off half way through the book. We’ve read an ever growing number of these books and quite a few bore them or turn out to be subtly sexist (those “disappear”).
The links to Amazon are affiliate links which means I get a few pennies if you end up ordering the books. These pennies are used for… more books. 🙂
If some random link on the internet brought you to this post and you want to learn about other awesome STEM books for young girls that the girls and I love try these posts:
For a huge list of books to inspire, try the A Might Girl site.
Know of other STEM books that are age appropriate for the younger girls? Let me know! I’m always looking.