At Sipipa, we are passionate about reading. With our Little Free Library book exchange, we try to inspire a love of reading while building a community and sparking creativity. This non-profit program has seen millions of books are exchanged each year for readers of all ages and backgrounds. But while our Little Free Library sees plenty of fiction books come and go, we’d love to see more educational books exchanged, especially those aimed at young students.
Over the past 15 years, the United States, and the global community as a whole, has made a big effort to inspire and engage women and girls in in the areas related to STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. But there is still a lot of work to do. For example, a recent study showed the probability for female students of graduating with college degrees in science-related field are much lower compared to men. Only 18% of female college graduates earned a bachelor’s degree in science, compared to 37% of males. With master’s degrees, the split is 8% versus 18%; and with doctorate, women earn 2% of the science degrees compared to 6% of men.
This is part of the reason the United Nations formally adopted a resolution to declare February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Today also happens to be National Inventors Day, and as you know, so many significant, creative and necessary inventions are related to science.
So how does this relate to Sipipa and our core mission of encouraging reading? Today, to honor these important holidays, we suggest you seek out books and articles related to inventors and the study of science. And then share these books with a girl who could use inspiration or strives for high achievements.
Here are some suggestions.
First, we love the Penguin series of “Who Was… ?” series of books. There are more than 200 books that tell the incredible stories of trailblazers, legends, innovators, cool places, historical figures and important events.
Related to science, some of our favorite “Who Was” titles include:
- “Who Is Bill Gates?” by Patricia Brennan Demuth
- “Who is Jane Goodall?” by Robert Edwards
- “Who Was Marie Curie?” by Megan Stine
- “Who Was Nikola Tesla?” by Jim Gigliotti
- “Who Was Rachel Carson?” by Sarah Fabiny
- “Who Was Sally Ride?” by Megan Stine
- “Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?” by Margaret Frith
- “Who Were the Wright Brothers?” by James Buckley Jr.
Other great books include:
- “Girls Think of Everything” by Catherine Thimmesh
- “Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be” by Charlotte Foltz Jones
- “Robots, Robots Everywhere!” A Little Golden Book by Sue Fliess
- “What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur?” by Rana DiOrio
- “Mae Among The Stars” by by: Roda Ahmed
- “Swimming With Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark” by: Heather Lang
- “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty
- “Little People, BIG DREAMS: Women in Science” by Isabel Sanchez Vegara