Join the NJSPN Quarterly Meeting to hear from guest speaker author Laurie Wallmark. If we want to grow more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) talent in New Jersey, we need to ignite children’s excitement at an early age. Barriers to embracing these fields include, among others: inadequate access and exposure; prejudicial expectations; and lack of interest. This presentation will discuss the many obstacles children face and show how STEM-related books, both fiction and nonfiction, can help overcome them. An award-winning author, Laurie writes picture book biographies of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Her books have earned multiple starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild Selections, and received awards such as Outstanding Science Trade Book, Crystal Kite Award, Cook Prize Honor, and Parents’ Choice Gold Medal. Her titles include Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life, Numbers in Motion, and the upcoming, Code Breaker, Spy Hunter. Laurie has an MFA in Writing from VCFA and is a former software engineer and computer science professor. You can find Laurie on the Web at www.lauriewallmark.com and @lauriewallmark.