Girl Power (Tools) Booklist!



There is a link to download as a pdf at the bottom of this page.

Children’s books with positive messages about girls making and inventing, especially using tools.

This booklist especially for girls who like to make – book characters can be powerful role models – you can’t be what you don’t see.  Of course it’s for boys too – they need to appreciate what girls can do as well as do themselves.

Let’s empower girls to have the ‘tools’ to shape their world

In no particular order – and these are all recommendations from generous folk on twitter! I haven’t read them all! If you’d like to suggest another book please do, or suggest I remove one! email me at feel free to share and distribute…..


Ada Twist – Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Iggy Peck architect by Andrea Beaty

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

The Little Red fort – by Brenda Maier

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World by Kate Pankhurst

In Mary’s Garden by Tina and Carson Kugler

Doll-e 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey

Not all princesses dress in Pink by Jane Yolen

Ara the Star Engineer by Komal Singh

Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones and Sara Ogilvie

What About Moose? By Schwartz, Coren Rosen and Rebecca J. Gomez

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Smart Girls by Robert Leeson and Axel Scheffle

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Franny K Stein – Mad scientist by Jim Benton

Little People, BIG DREAMS: Women in Science by by Sanchez Vegara, Isabel

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas

Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake

The Princessless prince by Joel Hedlund

Meggie Moon by Elizabeth Baguley

The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell

Katy’s Kit Car by Robin Lawrie

Be a Maker – by Katey Howes

Magnolia Mudd And The Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe by Katey Howes

Nina’s Machines by Peter Firmin

Sweet Dreams, Sarah: From Slavery to Inventor by Vivian Kirkfield

How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour and Rebecca Ashdown

My mummy is an: engineer, plumber, soldier, scientist –  series by Kerrine Bryan

The Ant Farm Escape by Heather Macht

Ellie Engineer by Jackson Pearce

Ada Lace adventures by the Space Gal

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters (Questioneers)– Andrea Beaty

How to code a roller coaster by Josh Funk

Bright Strorm by Vishti Hardy

Wildspark by Vishti Hardy

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

And of course if you want to turn their dreams into reality….

Learning through Woodwork – Pete Moorhouse – Routledge 2018