MEET “Annie Aardvark: Adding Ants!” by Suzie Olsen

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Reading With Your Kids Podcast Featuring Suzie Olsen,  An Engineer, Writer & the author of Annie Aardvark: Adding Ants!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

We have an exciting announcement to make. Our resolution at the Reading with Your Kids podcast, in 2019 is to introduce kids to STEM at an early age and encourage more girls to pursue science and math careers. Therefore, we have a very special guest who is returning to the podcast to talk about her latest STEM picture book Annie Aardvark: Adding Ants! and to share some activities and resources for parents to create an environment that promotes science and Math. Please welcome author Suzie Olsen on the show!

Tune in as Suzie shares her insight on writing picture book which depicts the lead characters as female STEM professionals- to encourage all children, specifically girls and minorities, to consider careers in STEM.

Be sure to listen as Suzie talks about being a female engineer, promoting diversity in STEM professions & getting kids interested in STEM subjects and promoting further learning. We are sure you will love this episode & you would love to Join Annie on her math adventure! Happy Listening!


Learn more about Suzie Olsen

Suzie OlsenSuzie Olsen is an Engineer, Writer & the author of Annie AardvarkMathematician, a fun, educational children’s book about a young aardvark named Annie. Suzie is joining us today to talk about her passion for Science, Technology, Engineer, and Math (STEM) outreach. She is an active member and volunteer in various professional engineering organizations in the Phoenix area. According to the US Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey (ACS), women comprise just 24 percent of STEM workers (in the US). The percentage of minorities in STEM is even lower. With a passion for encouraging students–especially girls and minorities–to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, she taps into the hearts and minds of the youngest readers by providing this simple counting story written in a systematic style.

You can learn more about Suzie, her upcoming books by visiting her website/blog:


Annie Aardvark: Adding Ants!

Annie Aardvark: Adding AntsAnnie Aardvark loves math. As she sets out on her daily forage, she decides to add up all the ants she encounters. She zigs and zags through the landscape, stopping to use her nose, tongue, and paws to perform addition. Join Annie on her math adventure!



Buy it on Amazon or at your local bookstore!


In this episode of the Reading with Your Kids Podcast, you’ll hear:

  • Introduction to Annie Aardvark: Adding Ants!, the latest picture book in the Annie Aardvark children’s book series by Suzie Olsen
  • How can we talk to our kids about STEM?
  • Why STEM for girls is so important?
  • Girls face so many barriers in entering the STEM fields including stereotypes, gender bias that continue to block women’s progress in STEM. How did Suzie manage to pursue her passion for STEM?
  • Some fun experiments parents can do with their kids to spark their curiosity.
  • What is Suzie currently working on, her future projects and some amazing resources available on her website? Be sure to tune in for all the great insights!


A big thank you to Suzie Olsen for sharing her wonderful book with us and for joining us on the Reading with your kids podcast!


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Have a stellar day!

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