I’m always looking for subtle ways to expose my daughters to the fun that is engineering and science. Of course I also do lots of not so subtle exposing (Tinker Bell doesn’t tinker, she’s an engineer!). The girls really can’t get away from it with 2 parents who are engineers. 🙂
One of my favorite ways to show the girls how awesome engineering and the sciences are, is to read them stories where science/engineering is the focal point. If the main character is a girl? Even better. I’ve scoured Amazon and have only been able to find a handful of books that Rose and Evelyn would enjoy at their age (2 and 5) that feature female engineering/science roll models. I’m going to post reviews of the ones I like the best over the next few weeks to save other parents the effort.
I thought I would start off with my favorite so far, Rosie Revere, Engineer. I think the reason I like this one so much is that it combines both mechanical engineering (one guess why I love that) and encouraging “try try again”. This is something that my Rose in particular really struggles with. When something doesn’t work right off, she reeeeeeally wants to quit. Plus, the main character’s name is Rosie. How can I go wrong with that?
The story goes that Rosie Revere is a 5 (6?) year old little girl that loves to invent things. She can take every day objects and create inventions that solve problems in a really cool and fun way (most inventions involve spray cheese as a inducer of motion). One day she makes something for her uncle who laughs at it. (They don’t make him mean, he is just laughing because it looks a little silly) She is so embarrassed that she gives up inventing all together. Then her great-great aunt Rose (her namesake aka Rosie the Riveter) comes and gives her love and encouragement to realize it’s ok to fail because “Life might have its failures, but this was not it. The only true failure can come if you quit.“. It’s a great book to both encourage invention/engineering and to teach that not everything works the first time and that’s ok.
The girls and I give Rosie Revere, Engineer 5 out of 5.
*For a HUGE list of books that are inspiring to girls/women you can check out the Mighty Girls site. The books are a mix of age groups and themes (not all science based) but are a great source for children’s reading material.
Additional blog posts about STEM books that the girls and I like: