Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?

Features women inventors Ruth Wakefield, Mary Anderson, Stephanie Kwolek, Bette Nesmith Graham, Patsy O. Sherman, Ann Moore, Grace Murray Hopper, Margaret E. Knight, Jeanne Lee Crews, and Valerie L. Thomas, as well as young inventors ten-year-old Becky Schroeder and eleven-year-old Alexia Abernathy. Illustrated in vibrant collage by Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet.

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3 Comments

  1. Entertaining and Enlightening Stories Girls Think of Everything is truly captivating. The “Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women” are told in a manner which will delight the target audience. The writing is crisp, interesting and sophisticated and will hold the interest of bright children and interested adults alike; while at the same time, the stories are quite accessible for even younger children. The book is not a dry compilation of biographies of inventors or a boring recitals of the history of various…

  2. Wow! Girls are amazing! The inspiring nuggets of information in Catherine Thimmesh’s book have my mind racing–do I have an invention lurking somewhere inside of me? The author’s concise, information-packed, yet fun narrative will intrigue children and adults alike, many of whom will turn page after page saying, “I never knew that!” Judging from the chronology of inventions on the endpapers, Ms. Thimmesh has many more stories to tell, and I can’t wait to read them. Melissa Sweet’s collage illustrations…

  3. Empowering and informative This book goes a long way towards encouraging girls (and women!) to put their creative powers to practical use. It is so gratifying to learn that many everyday items (ice cream cones; Toll House cookies) were invented by women. And the items that are not so ‘everyday’ (Kevlar; space shields) have such a positive impact on the world around us. The illustrations are wonderfully creative, blending the fascinating details of the text into whimsical collages. Don’t forget the sidebars – lots of fun…

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