Komal Singh’s goal is to see more young girls get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (a.k.a STEM). Research shows that only 15 to 20 percent of women are in the tech workforce, and girls start doubting their STEM intelligence as young as six years old.
She’s hoping to fix those stats through an empowering new children’s story, a first-of-its-kind picture book featuring real-life engineering trailblazers who are women.
Read more about the book below, as well as other reads that will help inspire young girls to get involved in the STEM world.
Nine books that inspire young girls to explore the STEM world
Ara the Star EngineerAra and her droid DeeDee are on a quest to count all the stars in the sky – but how? Together they use big data to come up with ingenious mathematic solutions, and encounter some real-life influential women in STEM! You can continue the fun online with hands-on activities and more learning resources related to Ara’s story. By Komal Singh
Rosie Revere EngineerRosie loves to tinker and create cool inventions; she dreams of becoming an engineer. However, the fear of failure grips her causing her to hide her creations, until her great-great-aunt Rose shows her that failure is something to celebrate, not hide from. By Andrea Beaty
Hello RubyThis half picture book and half activity book follows Ruby, a girl with a big imagination and love of solving puzzles. Kids are introduced to the fundamentals of coding as she solves problems, creates plans, and uses patterns all while telling a fun story! By Linda Liukas
Mae Among The StarsThis picture book is inspired by the first African-American woman in space, Mae Jemison. It follows her journey to becoming an astronaut, and teaches young girls that nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams with a bit of hard work and curiosity. By Stasia Burrington
Girls Who Code: Learn To Code And Change The WorldGirls Who Code is an organization that teaches computing skills to young women. Its founder, Reshma Saujani, is sharing some of the phenomenal real-life stories of intelligent women in STEM that she’s met along the way. Focusing on a variety of industries from animation to engineering to sports to baking to social justice, Girls Who Code inspires the future generation of female computer scientists. By Reshma Saujani
Ada Lovelace (Little People, Big Dreams)Ada Lovelace was the world’s first computer programmer. In the Little People, Big Dreams edition of her story, kids learn about her life as the British daughter of a famous poet who grew up to be Mathematician with a love of logic and coding. She worked with the inventor Charles Babbage to create an early version of a computer, bringing her to the forefront of STEM learning.By Isabel Sanchez Vegara
DotWritten by the CEO of Zuckerberg media – and sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg – Dot. is a picture book named after a quirky girl who loves electronics. She’s tech-savvy and resourceful but she struggles to make friends in real life. This is a story about adventure, and learning how to work with the tools, and people, that help you along the way. y Randi Zuckerberg
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting it DoneFor the older girls in your life, Girl Code is the perfect way to empower your teens to take charge of their future. It’s written by two female tech whiz kids who teamed up to create their own viral video game after meeting at a coding summer camp! They talk about their journey into the world of STEM, and share what they’ve learned along the way. By by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser
The Most Magnificent ThingThis picture book focuses on an unnamed girl and her sidekick pup as they try to make a magnificent thing! She has a vision for how it will work and what it will look like, but she can’t seem to make it happen. She learns a valuable lesson about trying, failing, and trying again that every techie can relate to. By Ashley Spires