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Reviewed by Sarah Westmoreland for Readers' Favorite
Named after one of the planet Jupiter’s moons, Elara was most definitely born to be a STEM girl! What’s a STEM girl, you ask? Well, a STEM girl is a girl who loves all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). That doesn’t mean that Elara doesn’t also like to do girly things, like have tea parties or pretend to be a princess. It just means that Elara can also have fun doing things like making baking soda volcanoes, building catapults out of popsicle sticks and marshmallows, and even building a real, live, working robot! Elara loves her robotics club. There’s only one things that she wishes was different: Elara would love for there to be more STEM girls involved! And she has a plan to make that happen... Will she be able to prove to her friends that STEM is every bit as fun as more traditional “girly” things? There’s only one way to find out!
Elara, STEM Girl by Leela Ayyar is exactly the kind of book that the children’s section needs. It shows little girls how much fun all things STEM can be, without detracting at all from how much fun playing with dolls and having tea parties is! After all, who said a little girl can’t be a princess and a scientist? Or a ballerina and a robotics expert? Even better than just showing Elara’s contagious love for STEM, Leela Ayyar also included a lot of interesting quotes from famous female STEM experts from around the world, as well as short biographies for each one of them at the very end. How cool!