This is such an inspiring book for young girls. I wish Dana Dash was around when I was little. The book is full of adventure, action and lots of interesting characters. I love the world building and the introduction into using critical thinking. I highly recommend this book for any child. It’s got everything you can ask for in an adventure book! – Amazon Reviewer
Science-based fun that’s good for you
We want the best for our kids. We want them to eat their vegetables and do their homework and play well with others. We want them to do these things so they grow up to be healthy and successful and good people. We want to do everything we can to help them. And we constantly wonder if we’re doing enough, especially when it comes to our kids and STEM, especially when it comes to our girls and STEM.
Kids need to be entertained, sure, but science is important! How do we help our girls get, and keep, an interest in the fields of the future? How do we help our boys the same thing, while also teaching them to be inclusive of girls in these fields? How do we do it without it being a chore?
The answer? Make it fun.
Dana Dash: First Girl on the Moon is feminist science fiction for kids– think Harry Potter but Hermione is in charge and there’s real science. This book shows kids that science is fun. Science is magic. Science is for girls. Plus robot-alien fights because that’s why you write a book, right?
Dana Dash is a girl genius who accidentally launches her science project to the moon. I love this book and I think you will too. It’s girl-empowering and science-based, but with secrets and adventure and monsters and robots and aliens and– well, no spoilers. The main characters uncover mysteries, learn to turn their competitiveness into collaboration, and save the day using bravery, wits, friendship, and some deftly deployed scientific thinking. No damsels in distress here!
It’s science and it’s fun. It’s a good book with a good message. Young readers won’t even know it’s good for them – it’s broccoli that tastes like gummy bears. It has footnotes to help explain some of the scientific concepts (to you as well, because hey, you’re never too old to learn, right?). It has illustrations (be honest, how often do you flip through a book looking for the pictures?). It even has chapters that are the ideal length to be read before bedtime. Parents, this is the book you wanted to read when you were a kid. Guilt-free. And be easy on yourself – you’re doing a better job than you think.