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New on March 3, 2020 – Women in Space will be available in paperback!

Women in SpaceWhen Valentina Tereshkova blasted off aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963, she became the first woman to rocket into space. It would be nineteen years before another woman got a chance—cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982—followed by American astronaut Sally Ride a year later. By breaking the stratospheric ceiling, these women forged a path for many female astronauts, cosmonauts, and mission specialists to follow. Women in Space profiles twenty-three pioneers from around the world, including Eileen Collins, the first woman to command the space shuttle; Peggy Whitson, who orbited aboard the International Space Station for more than a year; and Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. Their story, and the stories of the pilots, physicists, and doctors who followed them, demonstrate the vital role women have played in the quest for scientific understanding.


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The REVIEWS are in! This is what is being said about the Gutsy Girls Go for Science series:

The Children’s Book Review
A Book Series Teaching and Inspiring Girls About Science
“Gutsy Girls Go for Science is a new 4 book Science series that highlights the careers of five famous female scientists and trailblazers in the fields of engineering, space, programming, and paleontology.  Each book begins with a basic introduction for each field explaining its history, introducing key vocabulary, and what to expect when reading further in the book.. . . . The books in this series are excellent primary resources and would be worthwhile additions to not only the personal library for future scientists but for classroom libraries as well.” Read more online.

School Library Journal Series Made Simple
“These sprightly biography anthologies spotlight five women whose curiosity and determination led them to break barriers and change perceptions. QR codes support information relayed in time lines, archive photos, reflective questions, sidebars, and pull quotes. The codes are used to their very best effect, sending readers to news reports, archival video, websites, TEDx talks, and even a webcomic. Each link is listed in the backmatter. The five or six activities per book range from simple observation to rather involved projects and forgo detailed instructions, instead encouraging readers to make choices and assemble materials and create their own challenges. Engineers is a standout for showcasing little-known stories like water safety pioneer Ellen Swallow Richards, while Programmers has the best activities and uses real programming tools. VERDICT: A holistic approach incorporating personal stories, history, and STEM content.

A Mighty Girl Weekly Round Up
“This girl-empowering STEM series introduces aspiring young scientists to a variety of career fields through the stories of groundbreaking women who made their mark in four disciplines: PaleontologySpace ExplorationComputer Programming, and Engineering. Each Gutsy Girls book introduces five remarkable role models, telling each woman’s story in an engaging chapter-length biography filled with full-color photos, artwork, timelines, and sidebars full of fun facts. Hands-on ‘field assignments’ encouraging experimentation and critical thinking are interspersed throughout the books, including ones focused on building a space rover, preparing specimens, and designing a web page. These fascinating books’ combination of women’s history and STEM activities will encourage young readers to imagine themselves as the gutsy scientists of the future. Ages: 8 to 11

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