About Girls Know How
What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we have all been asked. When I was young, there were many careers I dreamed of, but I couldn’t imagine how to turn those dreams into reality. Girls Know How books and activities introduce kids to a variety of careers, exceptional female role models, and characters who might be just like them. With the support of caring parents and teachers, we help kids realize they can make their career dreams come true!
Girls Know How and Kids Know How were launched in 2004 by career education advocate Ellen Langas to help girls and boys not only imagine what they could become, but to create a community of kids, parents and teachers to give children the tools, support and inspiration they need to achieve their unique goals.
Each chapter book in the award-winning Girls Know How® series features a girl presented with the everyday challenges often faced by tweens. Through her adventures, readers learn about a particular career, and are introduced to characters based on real-life successful role models. Underlying themes include leadership, teamwork, the rewards of perseverance, and the importance of family and community. Activities to guide readers wishing to learn more about careers are included in the books, with free downloads available on this website for families and teachers.
Meet the Author – Ellen Langas
Ellen has worked for companies of all sizes, and finally realized her dream of starting her own, NouSoma Communications, Inc. Prior to that, she worked at billion-dollar QVC, Inc., as a corporate officer and gained national visibility as a popular on-air host. She also is an accomplished commercial actress and voice-over talent.
A summa cum laude graduate of Robert Morris University, Ellen earned an MBA at the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. As a former Mrs. Pennsylvania, she represented Pennsylvania women, speaking on family and women’s issues statewide. She has spoken nationally at numerous events and as a representative for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day. She was named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business and received an Excellence Award from Working Woman magazine.
Ellen’s commitment to maintaining a work-life balance is evident through her community service which includes pro bono work for dozens of organizations and donating more than 4000 books to individuals and organizations. A native of Pittsburgh, she has two grown daughters and lives with her husband in the Philadelphia suburbs. She enjoys playing the piano, tennis, drawing and writing in her spare time.
Meet the Illustrator – April D’Angelo
Each cover is an original work of art created by April D’Angelo of Philadelphia. April holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia as well as a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She paints portraits and landscapes in a variety of media and enjoys illustrating children’s books.