STEM Girls Books’ Sophie and the Airplane Wins Book Excellence Award in Children’s Inspirational/Motivational Category
STEM Girls Books is proud to announce that our first book on aerospace, Sophie and the Airplane, has been honored with a 2018 Book Excellence Award for the Best Children’s Inspirational/Motivational book. Award-winning titles are chosen based on their design, layout, writing quality and overall market appeal.
The Book Excellence Awards is an international book awards competition founded by Literary Excellence Incorporated. Dedicated to providing authors and publishers with the opportunity to showcase their books on a global platform, the annual competition receives hundreds of entries from around the world. Read the official press release here.
The award-winning team behind Sophie and the Airplane includes author Kristi Grigsby and illustrator Sara Kuba. Sophie and the Airplane, along with the entire STEM Girls Books series, is available for purchase on Amazon. Learn more about the STEM Girls Books series at www.STEMGirlsBooks.com.
STEM Girls Books is proud to announce that its first book on engineering, Zelda the Curious, has been named a finalist for the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA), honored among just four finalists in the Picture Books, Ages 4-8 category.
NIEA is a champion of self-publishers and the small or independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Established in 2007, the NIEA competition is judged by experts from all facets of the book industry including publishers, writers, editors, book designers and professional copywriters.
Said NIEA Founder, Ellen Reid, in a published statement, "We are proud to announce this year’s award-winning books as they embody the excellence this award was created to celebrate. We salute you all for such fine work!"
Authored by Kristi Grigsby and illustrated by Brian Maikisch, Zelda the Curious is available for purchase on Amazon. Learn more about the STEM Girls Books series at www.STEMGirlsBooks.com.
Sophie and the Airplane was chosen as a 2017 Official Selection in the Children’s Inspirational category of the New Apple Literary Services Annual Book Awards. Part of the STEM Girls Books series, Sophie and the Airplane introduces young readers to the field of aerospace and its amazing wonders yet to be discovered.
New Apple's Annual Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing were established in 2013 “to honor the creative achievements of the unsung indie and self-published books that are so often lost among the multitude of releases.”
Authored by Kristi Grigsby and illustrated by Sara Kuba, Sophie and the Airplane is available for purchase on Amazon. Learn more about the STEM Girls Books series at www.STEMGirlsBooks.com.
We are honored that STEM Girls Books and our founder, Kristi Grigsby, are included in this summary of "modern day heroes" making new inventions for women.
Originally published on December 26, 2017 on YourTango.com.
By Sloane Solomon, Editor
Modern day heroes.
Female entrepreneurs are hardly a new thing. For years, women have taken their ideas out into the business world hoping to change the world one innovation at a time.
You're probably familiar with a few of them, like Yahoo's Marissa Mayer or Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. But there are many other lesser-known women who continually bring fresh ideas to the table, especially ones that will benefit other women.
These women have ignored the status quo and obstacles presented to them and persevered regardless. They're also seeking to make our world a better, safer place for all females.
Here are some female entrepreneurs who are out to make a difference in the world with their badass inventions and rocking the business world while they're at it.
1. Kristi Grigsby
Kristi Grigsby is the author and founder of STEM Girls Books. Her company's purpose is to bring more resources to girls who are interested in math and science. Kristi is a successful marketing executive who also has a passion for children's books as well as being a mother to two young girls. She was inspired to create this company after discovering how little resources there were for young girls who were interested in STEM.
The company officially launched in January 2017 and three books have already been published. The coolest part of this invention is that it lets girls have accessibility to these learning tools at a very young age. The picture books are designed for girls starting at ages 3-8 and allow them to discover more about their curiosity towards these subjects while encouraging them to take these opportunities and careers later in their lives. Kristi is definitely making sure that the little ones dream big!
Read the full story and meet the rest of the female entrepreneurs featured at yourtango.com.
STEM Girls Books Makes it Easier to Bring Inspiration into the Classroom for Schools Impacted by Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Maria
Hurricane season has been especially fierce this year for the states of Texas, Florida, and now Puerto Rico. The ripple effect of the devastation is significant, and reaches into schools with unexpected closings, traumatized students and disrupted classrooms.
At a time when children are uncertain about their tomorrow, STEM Girls Books would like to help fuel their hope for the future. We would like to offer schools directly impacted by these disasters the opportunity to bring STEM Girls Books into their classroom through a deeply discounted special program.
STEM fields are the key to solving some of the toughest problems our world faces, including natural disasters. We believe that the children dealing with the aftermath of these disasters may ultimately be the ones who create innovations that make the impact of such disasters less severe in the future.
If you are an early elementary teacher or school administrator who would enjoy the enrichment that a new resource would bring to your classroom – one that fuels hope and stimulates conversation about the problems your students might solve one day through careers in science, technology, engineering and math – please let us know through the form below and we will share details of our at-cost pricing program. We'll do our best to ensure that any impacted school that would like a set of our books receives them.
In addition, you and your students may find the women in STEM interviews on our website highly inspirational. Within these interviews you and your students will discover over 50 women – each with unique viewpoints, experiences and careers – who share words of encouragement and offer insights into exciting career paths.
STEM Girls Books are picture books designed for preschool through early elementary school ages. But don’t let the name fool you...STEM Girls Books are inspiring for both boys and girls.
From a recent reviewer:
“These books aren't just for girls. Young boys would enjoy them just as much. Aside from the title, the books are just fun stories of curious kids doing what kids do. The part of the books that I loved the most, both as a parent and an educator, was the end. At the end of each book is a connection to the interest of the character (airplanes, cooking and make-up, and a curious tinkerer) to the real life STEM career that shares those same interests: aerospace engineer, chemist, and a mechanical engineer. Just the fact that I get to have a discussion with my children/students about how they relate to the characters and then discuss a career they might be interested in is HUGE! How often do you get to bring up STEM careers with kids in a normal day? With these books, all the time!”
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Opening to rave reviews, the first three STEM Girls Books™ on engineering, aerospace and chemistry are now available on Amazon.
Naples, FL - The highly anticipated publishing date for the new picture book series, STEM Girls Books, has arrived. The first three books in the series, Sophie and the Airplane, Zelda the Curious, and Chelsea Discovers Chemistry are now available for purchase on Amazon. With funding from a successful Kickstarter campaign – which achieved its goal after just three days – the team published three beautifully illustrated books, designed to introduce ages 3-8 to the exciting career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“We’ve made remarkable progress since we launched our Kickstarter campaign in April, which shows what’s possible when a great team is working hard to meet the demand for a much-needed product,” said Kristi Grigsby, founder and author of STEM Girls Books. “I am truly grateful for our talented illustrators, generous backers on Kickstarter, and the inspiring women in STEM who have shared their stories with us so we can empower girls and their families with visions of amazing career possibilities in their future.”
The first three books in the series introduce topics of chemistry, aerospace and mechanical engineering, but they do so in a very simplistic way. For example, without going into complex details, Zelda the Curious shows how a child’s natural curiosity and love of "tinkering" can lead to an exciting career in engineering. This is reinforced at the end of the story when readers are introduced to a real woman in STEM and learn about her career.
Science educator and parent, David Ware, was among the early reviewers of the series and says the opportunity for young girls to meet real women in STEM is of tremendous value. “I love how the books make a connection between the interests of the character and the real life STEM careers that share those same interests. Just the fact that I get to have a discussion with my children/students about how they relate to the characters, and then discuss career options they might be interested in, is huge!”
Another early reviewer, chemical and biomolecular engineer Tamara Robertson, has a unique viewpoint as an accomplished woman in STEM who is passionate about sharing the possibilities of STEM with young girls. “The books reminded me so much of my own childhood, and it was so great to see how they bridged the world of STEM and everyday life for the young characters portrayed. I hope these books inspire more girls to go into STEM, particularly my favorite field, Chemical Engineering.”
STEM Girls Books are now available for ordering on Amazon. Learn more about STEM Girls Books, read interviews with women in STEM, or shop for some of the best STEM toys for kids of all ages at www.STEMGirlsBooks.com.
Thank you to ABC 7 and reporter Ross DiMattei for telling our story and raising awareness of the need to encourage girls in STEM!
Story originally aired on ABC 7 June 20, 2017. Visit ABC 7 to watch the video.
Kristi Grigsby used to write stories for her daughters when they were growing up in Naples. After taking a break from her books, she was recently inspired to pick up the pen again after reading reports about little girls falling behind in the fields of science, engineering, technology, and math.
"There is nothing available to introduce STEM fields in a way that's exciting and fun to girls at this age," Grigsby said.
Recent reports show women are lagging behind men in the fields of math and science. Kristi Grigsby says the problem starts at an early age.
"STEM resources for girls are not readily available until they get to school," she said. "High schools are doing a better job of introducing these fields. Middle schools are starting to introduce these, but when you look at the research and it shows the girls at the age of six are already doubting their intelligence at times, middle school is too late."
Now, Grigsby is preparing to publish her three children's stories, all about young girls interested in a career in STEM.
"So we have 'Sophie and the Airplane' which focuses on the aerospace industry. We have 'Zelda the Curious,' which is focused on engineering. And we have 'Chelsea Discovers Chemistry,' which of course is chemistry and the sciences."
The books will also feature interviews with real women who have been successful in STEM fields over the course of their careers.
"Parents often times don't know the possibilities, so that's why we interview real women in STEM and put those interviews out there," she said. "They know that these fields are exciting and the future and they want, more than anyone, to see young girls take an interest in this and learn from their experiences. Women in the sciences are discovering cures for terrible diseases. Women in aerospace are dreaming of flying to the moon."
Sarah Kuba is the young illustrator bringing Grigsby's character, Sophie, to life.
"The character's name is Sophie, and I was interested in the book because when I was young, I remember when I went on the airplane for the first time, it was an exciting experience, and it was just magical," Kuba said. "I wanted to kind of make her look like a pilot so I gave her those aviator goggles, and she just has a very big and bright and bold personality, so I gave her very bright warm colors to make her look inviting. I think the young girls will catch on with her after seeing how bright and happy and confident she is she's not afraid to ask questions and she's very excited."
Picture books about young girls chasing their dreams is something many moms can get behind.
"When you have a child who is so interested in something that so needed in this world and knowing that they're gonna be taking care of us when we're old and I want my child to be part of it being a benefit and not a hindrance," said Nancy Jeffers.
"My hope is that these books can ignite excitement in little girls and that they will see the possibilities and see that curiosity and their creativity can lead to really exciting things and that they are not afraid to dream," Grigsby said.
Kristi Grigsby is publishing these books on her own. She doesn't have a set publishing date yet, but she hopes they will be available on Amazon by the end of the summer. They're aimed at kids ages 3 through 8.
Thanks to the Naples Daily News and reporter Laura Layden for this great article on STEM Girls Books, our mission and our team.
Story originally published in Naples Daily News, June 16, 2017
Years ago Kristi Grigsby's daughter asked her a question she struggled to answer.
"What is an engineer?" her then-little girl, Jennifer, wanted to know.
"I didn't know," Grigsby said. "I couldn't explain it to her."
Grigsby knows a lot more now — and she is making sure other parents and little girls do too through her new STEM Girls Books series. That's STEM as in science, technology, engineering and math.
Her first three picture books are expected to be out by summer's end thanks to a successful campaign on Kickstarter, an online funding platform for creative projects.
Her 30-day campaign raised nearly $7,800, more than twice what she asked for in pledges to get her first books launched. Her campaign even caught the eye of Inc. magazine, leading it to include Grigsby on a list of "15 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch Out For in 2017."
The idea for the book series came to Grigsby in January. After doing a little research, she found it takes most writers years to get their first book published. She'll have the trio of books published within seven months.
"It was a God thing," she said. "I mean it all came together. It was just too great of an idea. It couldn't have come from me."
The first books are centered around engineering, aerospace and chemistry. They'll be available in paperback and digital formats.
"I've got probably six more books waiting that could go through illustration as I get funding to put back in the business," Grigsby said.
Future subjects will include technology, biology, civil engineering and math.
The book series is designed for girls from the age of 3 to 8. Grigsby said she wishes she had them for her daughters when they were younger. Fortunately, her girls are still both interested in pursuing STEM careers after getting encouragement from their parents early on, who did some exploring of their own to better explain job opportunities in those fields to keep up their children's intrigue.
The books send this message, Grigsby said:
"It is cool to be curious. It is fun to be good at math. I can tinker with what has traditionally been known as a boy's toy and have fun with it."
Grigsby's daughter, Jennifer, is studying to be an engineer at Georgia Tech.
"There are so many girls that don't know what exciting careers are available," Grigsby said. "They still think of engineering as building bridges and that doesn't always sound so exciting to them."
The books are designed to tap into little girls' natural curiosity and talents.
"In this way we can introduce careers that they may not have otherwise considered," she said. "For example, a passion for cooking and playing 'dress up' with makeup is an ideal opportunity to introduce chemistry."
At the end of every book, a real woman working in a STEM job tells her story and gives insight into her career. More in depth interviews with women working in these fields are shared on the website for the series, which can be a valuable resource for parents and teachers alike.
As part of the Kickstarter campaign, 330 books have been claimed. Donors who pledged $45 or more will receive printed copies of all three books.
The books are self-published and will be sold on amazon.com.
Grigsby is working with three illustrators, two of them students. She's also getting assistance from her younger daughter Dayna, who has helped with marketing and promotion, but will soon head off to Georgia Tech, where she plans to study technology and entrepreneurship.
Brian Maikisch, the illustrator for "Zelda the Curious," the book on engineering, said as a father of two boys he's learned from his involvement in the book project that some STEM occupations aren't pushed as much with girls as with boys — and for no good reason.
He hopes to illustrate future books in the series.
"It has been really fun, to more or less be a kid again," he said.
Meghan Schimmel, an elementary school teacher at Seacrest Country Day School in East Naples, said what's great about the books is that they get kids thinking about STEM fields at such a young age, something her private school promotes.
"We allow our youngest learners to question how things work and how things are made, through STEM and education activities," she said. "We set up the path for our youngest learners who are naturally curious to develop a scientific inquiry process at an early age."
This article was originally published in Inc. April 25, 2017.
These 15 females are at the top of their field.
Each year, attention turns to the entrepreneurs making the biggest impact, whether they're changing the world or improving the way consumers live and work each day. In 2017, women are emerging as a major force in the business landscape, often leading conferences and mentoring others. These 15 entrepreneurs are at the top of their field, blazing the way for the many generations of female startup founders who are sure to follow.
Kimberli Cheung Wright
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STEM [Girls Books] was founded out of a need to encourage learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Kristi Grigsby's picture book series is geared specifically toward encouraging young girls to pursue these areas through fun storytelling.
Read the rest of the story and meet the remaining 13 honorees on Inc.
Closing the gender gap in STEM can begin as early as the preschool years with new picture book series inspired by women in STEM.
Naples, FL - The push to equalize the gender gap in STEM is a hot topic across the nation. In fact, creating more opportunities for women in STEM was among the first bills signed by President Trump. While progress is being made with stronger university recruitment programs and the introduction of STEM curriculum in schools during the teen or preteen years, research tells us that introduction to STEM needs to begin much earlier.
A recent study shows that confidence, not ability, is the primary driver behind a girl’s reluctance to pursue STEM fields. Which isn’t surprising considering further research that shows by the age of six, little girls may already begin doubting their own intelligence. In the quest to close the gender gap in STEM, it may be wise to focus more effort on these early years, long before self doubt and stereotypes begin pushing girls away.
That’s the mission behind STEM Girls Books™, a series of picture books designed to introduce young girls – ages 3-8 – to the exciting possibilities of STEM. With today’s Kickstarter launch, a grassroots crowdfunding campaign is underway to raise the remaining funds needed to bring the first three STEM Girls Books to market before the end of summer.
“Our stories don’t try to change little girls, rather they tap into their natural curiosity and talents,” said Kristi Grigsby, founder of STEM Girls Books. “In this way we can introduce careers that they may not have otherwise considered. For example, a passion for cooking and playing ‘dress up’ with makeup is an ideal opportunity to introduce chemistry. In contrast, a little girl who loves to tinker and help Dad fix things around the house will see how these traits can lead to a fun career in engineering.”
One of the unique features of STEM Girls Books is that they are inspired by women in STEM. As part of the research process, STEM Girls Books surveys successful women in STEM and publishes the stories on the website. Grigsby added, “These interviews have become such a valuable resource for parents and teachers alike who are also learning and finding inspiration from the stories shared. With greater knowledge, they are better equipped to nurture STEM interest and help build the confidence that girls need to go after their dreams.”
To join this effort and help the STEM Girls Books team inspire the next generation of STEM dreamers, visit the Kickstarter campaign. Learn more about STEM Girls Books at www.STEMGirlsBooks.com.
Kristi Grigsby, Founder
STEM Girls Books
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