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May 9, 2012 AT 6:03 am

Ada Lovelace Children’s book blows away Kickstarter goal

Last week, the Kickstarter funded children’s book, Wollstonecraft, blew away the project’s funding goal.  Originally, the author Jordan Stratford had set a goal of $4,000 to create the books.  When the funding deadline hit on April 30th, Stratford had raised over $90,000 for the project.

Here is what make’s this children’s book so great:

This is the made up story about two very real girls – Ada, the world’s first computer programmer, and Mary, the world’s first science fiction author – caught up in a steampunk world of hot-air balloons and steam engines, jewel thieves and mechanical contraptions.  For readers 8-12.

This is a pro-math, pro-science, pro-history and pro-literature adventure novel for and about girls, who use their education to solve problems and catch a jewel thief.  Ada and Mary encounter real historical characters, such as Percy Shelley, Charles Babbage, Michael Faraday, and Charles Dickens – people whom the girls actually knew.  If Jane Austen wrote about zeppelins and brass goggles, this would be the book.

Why “Wollstonecraft”?  Mary names the detective agency after her mother, the famous feminist writer. If this is the kind of book you’d like to see, please support this project.

Because of the overwhelming support, this has turned into a four book series.  I would love to see more pro-math/science/history children’s books.  Anyone have any other great children’s book recommendations?

Follow the Wollstonecraft project on Kickstarter.


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1 Comment

  1. Cool! Reminds me of Phillip Pullman’s books (Sally Lockhart)

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