The holidays are here, and there are tons of amazing gifts that your Bezlo Girl will love…so how do you choose?! While toys are often on children’s wishlists, storybooks are also a great gift that can teach children, and also get their imagination racing.
Children’s storybooks are an important part of their childhood, as this is where they learn important life values. We here at Hello Bezlo know it’s not all about growing up and marrying a prince! Princess stories are great..BUT growing up to be a strong, smart and independent woman is way more empowering!
Young girls need to learn about STEM role models in order to be motivated and inspired, and what better time to introduce new role models than at story time? Seeing female faces making scientific discoveries and building projects sends a powerful message to young girls that STEM subjects are for everyone — especially girls. There are lots of fun and educational books that feature strong female characters having adventures in science, technology, engineering and math!
Here are some of Hello Bezlo’s favorite STEM storybooks!
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
Written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky, Ten Speed Press (AGES 9+)
This book mixes amazing art with amazing women to prove a scientific fact; STEM women rule! It highlights the contributions of 50 women who have paved the way in medicine, inventions, technology and much more, from ancient times to the modern world. It features well-known women such as primatologist Jane Goodall and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped bring the 1969 Apollo mission to the moon. This is definitely a must-read for any young girl who dreams of changing the world.
Buy it on Amazon.com
The Most Magnificent Thing
Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, Kids Can Press (AGES 3–7)
A little girl plans to make the most magnificent thing. But when building it turns out to be more difficult than she thought, she gets frustrated and quits. Her best friend, a dog, encourages her to keep trying. This quirky engineering-based story teaches kids that with a little bit of perseverance and a dash of creativity, they too can build magnificent things!
Buy it on chapters.indigo.ca.
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
Written and illustrated by Claire A. Nivola, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (AGES 4-8)
This beautifully illustrated story tells the tale of Sylvia Earle’s love for the ocean. We learn how Sylvia first discovers the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in her own backyard, and dives even deeper as she grows up. Whether she’s designing submersibles, swimming with the whales, or taking deep-water walks, Sylvia Earle has dedicated her life to learning more about what she calls “the blue heart of the planet.” This book will inspire young environmentalists!
Buy it on Amazon.com.
Not Just Another Princess Story
Written by Sheri Radford and illustrated by Qin
Leng, Simply Read Books (AGES 6–9)
Princess Candi loves maths more than anything! But her father decides it’s time for her to get married, she takes charge and begins the search for her prince using every trick she can find from fairy tales, including kissing frogs and and slaying monsters. Expect the unexpected with this modern fairy tale, packed with algebra and a happy-ever-after consisting of Princess Candi finding love — with a college math scholarship!
Buy it on chhapters.indigo.ca.
Bright Sky, Starry City
Written by Uma Krishnaswami and illustrated by Aimee Sicuro, Groundwood Books (AGES 6–9)
Astronomy-loving Phoebe is excited for a special night. She has helped her dad set up a telescope to see Saturn and Mars! But will she be able to see them with all the city lights? A storm strikes up and the sky is covered with clouds and raindrops! Suddenly the sky clears, and Phoebe, her dad, and all their neighbors spill out into the streets to enjoy the view of the planets. This hopeful book shows kids to always stay positive. There is even a lovely illustrated section at the end that teaches all about the solar system, planets and light pollution.
Buy it at chapters.indigo.ca
Ada Twist, Scientist
Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, Abrams Books (AGES 4-6)
From the author of bestselling books “Rosie Revere Engineer” and “Iggy Peck Architect” comes Ada Twist, a curious girl who always asks, “why?” So when she notices a toe-curling bad smell in her house, Ada conducts experiments in the name of science to solve the mystery! This book has themes of perseverance and problem solving, and shows diversity and determination at its best. Young girls will learn that sometimes questions only lead to more questions, but that’s the fun of being a scientist!
Buy it on Amazon.com
There are tons of other STEM-themed books and other stories that showcase strong female characters…we simply can’t name them all! Happy shopping, and we hope your Bezlo Girl loves the amazing gifts you’ll gift to her this holiday season.