Last week I read my 4-year-old her favorite book (at the moment) for the 100th time, Violet the Pilot.
*Side note: this was our most recent book from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. If you do not know about this program, you can read all about it here → Kids’ Corner: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Anyways! I actually don’t mind reading this book to her so many times because I loved how the book features a GIRL engineer/pilot. This jogged a memory from last year when I read Ada Twist, Scientist and had similar feelings. It is so wonderful to read STEM books featuring girl main characters. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. When browsing the picture books at the library, I notice that my daughter is drawn to books with anything princess, fairy, unicorn, ballerina, etc. They are often very PINK and very sparkly. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with these books, actually they often hold important themes & lessons, HOWEVER it is also nice to see books that center around girls in traditionally male-dominated fields like science & math.
Long story short, I started researching to find more STEM picture books that featured girl main characters. Sadly, I was disappointed with my findings. There are very few of these books.
Here are the books I did find…