Women Scientists Are Not Unicorns: Picture Books for Fighting the Good Fight (me, writing elsewhere)

I have a post up at The Broad Side that I’m rather fond of. Care to go read it? Here’s a snippet:

Recently I headed to a bookstore and asked for help finding “picture books that include women scientists, or girls or women science nerds, or women science teachers, that sort of thing.” The children’s literature salesperson pondered and scanned shelves while making noncommittal noises for several minutes before admitting defeat. “I just can’t think of anything that specific. We have books about strong little girls, but … picture books about science for little girls?” “Or boys,” I added pointedly. She brightened visibly: “Oh, they can be about boys?” Sigh: “No, I mean, boys can read about women scientists, too.”

I am here to assure you that books for young children do sometimes celebrate, highlight, and—most refreshingly—simply assume the existence of women in science.

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