The Blogfaddah gets out and promotes “kid science” books like The Mad Scientists’ Club and the Danny Dunn and Henry Reed series. I’d add Encyclopedia Brown, Alvin Fernald, and the Robert Heinlein “juveniles” to that list.
No question in my mind that all of the above had no small impact on my eventual career choices; when I’m not blogging or writing about college football, I’m an aerospace engineer. I need to collect up my surviving copies and get them to my nephews (one is three, the other is on the way) in the next few years.
Parents with daughters, don’t be put off by all the male names in the titles; every one of the above (with the exception of the Mad Scientists, but buy them anyway) also has a strong, smart girl as a leading character.