Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and their 21st century families by Natania Barron, Kathy Ceceri, Corrina Lawson, and Jenny Williams (Potter Craft, 2012).
If you’re looking for a great gift for that special mom in your life, be it wife, sister, self, or friend, Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and their 21st century families may very well fit the holiday bill and budget. The Geek club is no longer the exclusive domain of men, brains, books, or tape-repaired glasses. This new world view is all about “that state of mind that leads us to intensely explore our interests and approach the world with endless curiosity.”
On the surface, Geek Mom seems like a typical arts and crafts book. There are projects on how to make superhero costumes, Borax crystal creations, lava lamps, and tie-dyed shirts. Topics run the gamut from food wizardry to hard science to the digital revolution.
What differentiates this book from others I’ve perused is the useful and interesting content between the projects. The Geek Mom gals, who write the Geekmom blog (a spinoff of Wired Magazine’s popular Geekdad blog), take the book a welcome step further. “In and around the projects are our personal insights and suggestions about living lives as geeky parents,” they write in the introduction.
Chapter one, for instance, is not simply a catalog of fun projects for the superhero junkie. Sure, you’ll find suggestions for secret agent treasure hunts, super hero costumes, and creating a secret lair, but the chapter also includes essays such as How to Teach History through Superheroes, Why Superheroes Matter, and reading list recommendations for comic books.
Some of the topics are light and quirky, such as one on tips for engaging with nongeek moms. Others relate the authors’ passions for subjects such as geodes, gardening, and being online before it was cool. Still other topics take on more fertile fare with essays on girls and science, homeschooling, and the history of the computer. No matter where you flip to in the book, you’re bound to pick up a useful tidbit to fill up a snowy Sunday afternoon or a cool fact to wow your children. Best of all, the content is short and snappy. Topics are just the right length for that bedtime bite before you pass out at the end of a long day.
Book Mama’s recommendation? Revisit the world of Geekdom, as seen through the ideas of these cool Geek Moms. It’s a lot more fun than you remember. As the women themselves recommend, “get geeky about it.”