The House That She Built Getting Greater Recognition

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Originally Published by: NAHB — August 17, 2022
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The House That She Built, a children’s book written to break stereotypes about home building and introduce construction trades to a new generation of girls, was recently featured in a story time reading at a public library in North Dakota.

Sara Bender, a member of the Professional Women in Building (PWB) council at the Bismarck-Mandan HBA, and Traci Juhala, Head of Youth Services for the Bismarck Public Library, worked together to present The House That She Built during a recent story time at the library.

"Sara approached us about this great book that came out that the PWB Council wanted to share with the community," said Juhala. "We were lucky to be able to tie it into a financial literacy exhibit we have going on at the library right now. It was just a perfect fit because we were looking for some real-world examples about kids being aware of money in their lives and it was just this wonderful partnership that developed."

Bender and Juhala were featured in a segment on local CBS affiliate KX News. Watch the interview.

The Real-World House That She Built Project

NAHB's PWB Council supports similar councils at state and local HBAs across the country. The PWB Council in Utah decided that they were going to build a house with all women contractors because just three percent of jobsite workers in home building are women.

The building project goal was to illustrate to kids that women can work in the construction industry too.

The House That She Built is a children's book published by NAHB BuilderBooks featuring the real house. Find out more about The House That She Built and how to add it to a child’s bookshelf at

You can help support the national and local PWB Councils during PWB Week, Sept. 12-16.