Construction-themed books for children, but oddly specific
February 25, 2018 8:49 AM   Subscribe

Can you recommend picture books and books for young children that feature women in construction? Any construction trade is fine. Bonus points if the women are in charge. Thanks!
posted by halogen to Grab Bag (14 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Roadwork by Sally Sutton has women in the crews, but not in charge and the gender ratio is better than most crews I've seen in real life.

note that the description in the link appears to be for a different book. This link has the correct description
posted by Dr. Twist at 9:31 AM on February 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

Two books by the Ahlbergs - Miss Brick the Builder's Baby and Mrs Plug the Plummer. There's a video of someone reading Mrs Plug here.
posted by paduasoy at 9:50 AM on February 25, 2018 [2 favorites]

Sorta related, there is a new book on Rosie the Riveter coming out in August: Rosie, A Detroit Herstory. I saw some of the illustrations from the book (including of all women working in certain pictures) in this article, which look great, and are why I think it might work for you.
posted by gudrun at 10:09 AM on February 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

Hard Hat Area by Susan Roth.
posted by christinetheslp at 10:09 AM on February 25, 2018

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too has Nelly hands-on helping to build her play house.
posted by brujita at 10:20 AM on February 25, 2018

Monsters on Machines is about monsters doing construction, but some of them are explicitly female.
posted by gideonfrog at 10:35 AM on February 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

My daughter loves construction books so I'm always on the lookout. We have two that have a good gender balance - the Usborne Construction Sites flap book and B is for Bulldozer. Neither of them really show anyone being "in charge" but the workers are all noticeably diverse.
posted by cpatterson at 11:04 AM on February 25, 2018 [2 favorites]

I'd be interested in finding some for my son too, but in the meantime, Digger Dozer Dumper at least goes 50/50 on the gender of the machines.
posted by lydhre at 12:08 PM on February 25, 2018

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site has machines that use female pronouns. This is Tinyville Town shows female construction workers. And Wendy from Bob the Builder is featured in at least one book that I can't remember the name of.
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 12:26 PM on February 25, 2018

Not quite construction, but Rosie Revere, Engineer is great.
posted by Empidonax at 12:34 PM on February 25, 2018 [3 favorites]

Whose Tools? is about building a house and features several women.
posted by Knicke at 12:50 PM on February 25, 2018

My recollection is that Easy Street Has men and women on the crews. I don’t have access to the book any more, but the amazon pictures at least show a woman driving one of the big pieces of equipment. It’s kind of hard to tell which of the folks in vests and hard hats are women.
posted by leahwrenn at 1:21 PM on February 25, 2018

Katy and the Big Snow has a female (snowplow) protagonist.
posted by misterbrandt at 2:05 PM on February 25, 2018 [2 favorites]

The book Mommies at Work have women doing construction and all kinds of cool things! I loved it when I was a kid.
posted by starlybri at 5:33 PM on February 25, 2018

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