Our Favorite Books for Aspiring STEM Girls

Our Favorite Books for Aspiring STEM Girls

11 February 2022 • Words by Nicole Donne 2 mins

Times are definitely changing… and for the better! Inspiring our girls will mean a future where females will be equally represented in the STEM workforce (25% currently in the USA according to stemwomen.com) 

Here are our 10 Favorite Books for aspiring STEM girls – to encourage Little Miss Curiosity to be Madam Curie:

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

Famous for her work on the sleeping sharks of Mexico, Eugenie Clark fearlessly followed her study sharks up close all over the globe.

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

Perfect for our little animal lovers to learn about the incredible life of Jane Goodall and her bold life work as a crusade to protect endangered primates.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

A fantastic tale of turning waste into wonder – Rosie Revere’s inventions are inspired by her Aunt Rose, a riveter who worked in the factories during WW2

Mary Had a Little Lab by Sue Fliess

This Mary creates a sheep in her laboratory to be her assistant and friend. When Mary tries to make more friends for her sheep, hilarity ensues!

How to Code A Sandcastle by Josh Funk

A truly modern story for the modern girl, Pearl and her robot buddy Pascal work together to use code to find a solution. They use code terms like sequencing and loops to break the problem down into smaller, more manageable mini problems.

Kate The Chemist (series) by Dr Kate Biberdorff

Follow Kate and her clever friends through a series of adventures and experiments, written by influential Dr Biberdorf, a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas.

Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins

What connects Maria Merian’s caterpillars, Mary Enning’s sea creatures, and Maria Mitchell’s maps?  These three tales are about contributions to science and discovery made by girls!

Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh

A compendium of genius stories featuring inventors like Stephanie Kwolek, Bette Nesmith Graham, Grace Murray Hopper, Margaret E. Knight, and young inventors ten-year-old Becky Schroeder and eleven-year-old Alexia Abernathy.

Einstein, The Girl Who Hated Maths by John Agard

A heartwarming poetry collection about Einstien’s number-loving parents who help her learn about decimal points and odd numbers to name a few.

The Story of Marie Curie: A Biography Book for New Readers by Susan B Katz

Read about the life of beloved science icon Marie Curie, the only person in the world to have won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Physics! Her determination kept her going at a time long ago when no one expected a woman to be a scientist.

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Nicole Donne