The House that She Built educates young readers about the people and skills that go into building a home. One by one, we learn about the architect, framer, roofer and many more as they contribute their individual skills needed to complete the collective project — a new home. With illustrations that connect and empower and words that build upon each other with each page, this book will leave all kids (she, he, and they) excited about their own skills and interested in learning new ones.
This is the woman who wrote the book.
Mollie Elkman spent her childhood surrounded by home builders, yet it wasn’t until she joined the industry herself that she recognized how often she was the only woman in the room. She quickly discovered that just as she was brought into a family business by her father, so were the majority of other women she was meeting throughout all areas of home building. Over her career, Mollie formed friendships with people who proved that not only are jobs genderless, but everyone benefits from a workforce that embraces diversity and inclusion. One of those friends shared an exciting and ambitious project they were involved in...an all-woman-built home. As Mollie learned about each of the women involved in the project, she could feel herself becoming more and more inspired by their stories. She hopes that young readers everywhere will feel inspired too.
This is the woman who illustrated the book.
Georgia Castellano is an artist who uses illustration to process and communicate her thoughts. As a little girl, Georgia’s parents and grandparents encouraged hands on play that cultivated a lifelong feeling of being fully present while creating. They spent hours together dreaming of new ideas and bringing them to life — forts, paintings, paper snowflakes, skits, sandcastles, cookies, and so on — and through all of that open play time she developed her own unique voice and a love for the “doing” part of art. It’s important to Georgia that all children know that everyone is an artist. Creative thinking is good for the soul, and right now is a perfect time to start.
This is the woman who published the book.
Patricia Potts is excited to publish a book that aligns with her lifelong commitment in advocating for women and children. She believes that diversity is necessary in order to bring unique perspectives and experiences that enrich the workplace and classroom. Patricia encourages all parents to allow children to follow their dreams, define their own success; find their own path.
Patricia Potts is the Senior Director, Product Marketing with The National Association of Home Builders.