The NAHB’s Children’s Book Makes Impact in Construction Industry, Wins Prestigious AwardSeptember 16th, 2022 by Editor
BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), released a children’s book a year ago, “The House That She Built.” The publication, written by Mollie Elkman, was inspired by the team of real women who came together from around the country to build a one-of-a-kind home in Utah: The House That SHE Built. The book aims to help bridge the gap of the industry’s skilled labor shortage by educating and exposing children to STEAM and construction careers, and elevating women in the industry.
This past spring, “The House That She Built” was one of 150 books selected to receive the prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award. The book won Gold for the best Children’s/Young Adult Cover Design. The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) had received a record-breaking 1,894 entries.
To celebrate, Zillow has created a listing for the book.
“We are so proud of the impact that ‘The House that She Built’ has had on educating young people on careers in construction and highlighting the importance of women’s representation in the industry,” said NAHB first vice chairman Alicia Huey, a custom home builder and developer from Birmingham, Ala. “It is great to see the success and recognition the book has received over the past year, and we look forward to seeing what is yet to come with this movement.”
“The House That She Built” has received widespread industry support and is making an impact in many ways, including:
“The House That She Built” is only the beginning of inspiring diversity and inclusion for future generations of the skilled workforce for the housing industry. Industry leaders 84 Lumber and Andersen Corporation continue to be sponsors of the book and support its mission to further workforce development initiatives in home building by generating awareness of the skilled trades to underrepresented communities.