Best Women in Science Books

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These books are made for readers 3 to 7 years old. Each book details the determination and strength of these women, and the inspiring journeys they took to become some of the greats. Marie Curie, who won the Nobel Prize for physics, Amelia Earhart, who was an extraordinary pilot, and Ada Lovelace, who was a pioneer of computer programming, all faced hardships in their early years but overcame them and went on to change the world. Reading about these remarkable women will likely inspire many children — and especially young girls — to explore STEM-related courses.

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This inspirational book tells the story of Eugenie Clark as she worked to prove everyone wrong: She wanted to show the world that sharks were beautiful and that women could make fantastic scientists. This book is filled with amazing illustrations and intriguing facts about sharks. Young kids are sure to feel inspired by her story, and perhaps they’ll start to see the beauty in sharks, too. This book is 40 pages long and suited for readers 4 to 8 years old.

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From Jane Goodall to Katherine Johnson, this book has something for every girl who hopes to one day work in science. The infographics in particular show the impact of women in STEM and how they have changed the world. Recommended for children ages 9 and up.

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Women with four-year degrees were almost unheard of during the time of World War II. Therefore, female teachers were called on to be a part of the wartime intelligence community. The women in “Code Girls” played a pivotal role in wartime efforts deciphering and breaking enemy codes. These stories demonstrate that when given the same opportunities as men, women can shine like a beacon of light for all. Recommended for elementary school readers learning about World War II and American history.

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The female scientists in “Headstrong” are known for being game-changers in the world of STEM. Their groundbreaking discoveries and inventions changed the world, and in some cases, led to Nobel Prizes. This book aims to inspire and encourage women in science today to continue excelling. Recommended for middle schoolers and adults who love science.

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While “Bad Girls Throughout History” recognizes more than just women in science, it highlights female pioneers in the STEM field, such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie. The book is a welcome read with vibrant, stylish illustrations, and it’s sure to serve as an inspiration to women from middle school through adulthood.

Expert Commentary

“As a woman in science, I had several real-life role models growing up who encouraged me in pursuing my goals. Any of these books could plant the first seeds in the mind of a child that may later bear fruit. For any young girl, these important narratives can help shape their perception of what is possible, and create paths for the child’s future that may not exist otherwise.”