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  • Writer's pictureJosette Abruzzini

Girl Power!

In celebration of my daughter's birthday AND of Picture Book Month, today's recommendations show what girl power can do in math and the sciences!

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Moon Landing by Dean Robbins & Lucy Knisley

This is a delightful biography picture book that introduces us to a girl who makes us wonder why. Why don’t girls play baseball? Why aren’t there more females scientists?

Margaret commits to learning as much as she can, and solves problems one step at a time. She becomes fascinated by the earliest computers, and the rest is history!

The arrangements of Robbins’ lyrical text and Lucy Knisley’s playful illustrations help glide readers through the story. Children will pick up on Margaret Hamilton’s love of learning, her ability to plan for the worst, and her steely determination.

The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires Ashley Spires tells the story of a young girl who sets out to make a new invention, but the task is more difficult than she thought it would be.

She perseveres, then takes a break. When she reexamines the pile of parts scattered about, she realizes she has what she needs. After rearranging them, she invents a most magnificent thing!

Illustrations, (also by Spires), are so VERY delightful! The prose is rhythmic, and artfully scattered throughout the pages. This is sure to entertain young readers and inspire them to make their own creations!

Happy Birthday Diane! You are magnificent!

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