What do these girls have in common? Grit, determination…and the gift of inventiveness.

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.

Find this new edition of GIRLS THINK OF EVERYTHING at local independent bookstores, through IndieBound, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or in your local library.


2001 IRA Children's Book Award

Children's Book of the Month Club Best Nonfiction Book

Minnesota Book Award finalist

Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children 2001

Smithsonian Notable Book 2000

This updated version of Thimmesh’s collection of profiles of female inventors (fifteen in all) eliminates three outdated chapters and spotlights seven new inventions created since the original’s 2000 publication (Trisha Prabhu’s antibullying ReThink app; Alissa Chavez’s “Hot Seat” sensor to protect kids from being forgotten in hot cars). Today’s readers will find a laudable increase in the subjects’ diversity as well as a more contemporary focus. The many “personal interviews…employ[ing] a conversational tone” noted in the original Horn Book review (rev. May/June 2000) remain, as does the emphasis on “accomplishments over personality.” Sweet has added vibrant collages to the new chapters as well as to some of the old ones. The refreshed design also includes additions to the timeline of women’s inventions. A resource as informative as it is empowering.
— Horn Book, 2018
An outstanding collective biography of women and girls who changed the world with their inventions. Thimmesh surveys unique and creative ideas that were both borne of necessity or were simply a product of ingenuity and hard work.
— School Library Journal
This very attractive, informative book will find an audience among browsers and report writers alike.
— Booklist, starred review
An outstanding collective biography of women and girls who changed the world with their inventions.
— School Library Journal
This book is an inspired ode to women inventors.
— Publishers Weekly
Girls Think of Everything is a wonderful book, as surprising as it is inspiring .... Buy this book for the girl you love today, and she may well become a mother of invention tomorrow.
— Pulitzer Prize winner Natalie Angier, author of Woman: an Intimate Geography, 1999 National Book Award finalist