Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women (Girls Think of Everything #1)

by Catherine Thimmesh (Author) Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
This updated edition of the bestselling Girls Think of Everything, by Sibert-winner Catherine Thimmesh and Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet, retains all the integrity of the original but includes expanded coverage of inventions (and inventors) to better reflect our diverse and technological world. 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. What inspired these girls, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities? Retaining reader-tested favorite inventions, this updated edition of the best-selling Girls Think of Everything features seven new chapters that better represent our diverse and increasingly technological world, offering readers stories about inventions that are full of hope and vitality--empowering them to think big, especially in the face of adversity.

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-8—This updated edition of the 2000 collective biography showcases greater diversity in its representation of women inventors. Each chapter focuses on challenging problems that spark creative solutions that have changed, or promise to change, the world. Most of the subjects from the original are retained, now balanced with women of color and women from outside the United States. New profiles include Alissa Chavez, a Latinx teen who invented the Hot Seat to prevent infant deaths in hot cars; Azza Abdelhamid Faiad, an Egyptian teen who devised a method of turning recycled plastic into fuel; and Kiara Nirghin, a South African teen who came up with a way to fight drought using the absorbency of orange peels. Thimmesh profiles young inventors who are trying to solve contemporary problems, with creations that rely on modern technology. Many of them raise capital for their projects via crowdfunding, which will likely inspire readers. Expanded resources for aspiring scientists and a time line that emphasizes more recent inventions are welcome changes. Tweaks to the original artwork and additions in the same collage style are fun and creative. In a growing marketplace of works about women transforming the world, this title holds its own. VERDICT Update shelves with this revised version, and add to any library needing more titles about women in STEM.—Alex Graves, Manchester City Library, NH

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"Today's readers will find a laudable increase in the subjects' diversity as well as a more contemporary focus...A resource as informative as it is empowering"-Horn Book Magazine

"In a growing marketplace of works about women transforming the world, this title holds its own."-School Library Journal
Catherine Thimmesh
Catherine Thimmesh is the award-winning children's-book author of Team Moon, winner of the Sibert Medal. Visit her online at

Melissa Sweet is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of many books for children, including Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White and Balloons Over Broadway. Visit her online at
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Publication date
October 20, 2018
Girls Think of Everything

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