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.
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.
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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