Girls in STEM

Girls in STEM

In honor of CLCD’s founder, Marilyn Courtot, computer programmer and female pioneer, here is a list of award winning books that put women in the STEM spotlight. Enjoy!





9781419721373 Ada Twist, scientist
By: Andrea Beauty

Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.  Ages 5-7

0316338923 Rise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars
By: Nathalia Holt

During World War II, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate jet velocities and plot missile trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women–known as human computers–who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design and helped bring about America’s first ballistic missiles. But they were never interested in developing weapons–their hearts lay in the dream of space exploration. So when JPL became part of a new agency called NASA, the computers worked on the first probes to the moon, Venus, Mars, and beyond. Later, as digital computers largely replaced human ones, JPL was unique in training and retaining its brilliant pool of women. They became the first computer programmers and engineers, and through their efforts, we launched the ships that showed us the contours of our solar system.  Ages 12 and up

0553446797 Headstrong : 52 women who changed science– and the world
By: Rachel Swaby

Covers 52 well-known and lesser-known but hugely significant female scientists who influence everyday life.  Ages 12 and up

9781419708459 Rosie Revere, engineer
By: Andrea Beaty

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal—to fly—Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.  Ages 5-7

9781939547200 Ada Byron Lovelace and the thinking machine
By:Laurie Wallmark

Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the famous romantic poet, Lord Byron, develops her creativity through science and math. When she meets Charles Babbage, the inventor of the first mechanical computer, Ada understands the machine better than anyone else and writes the world’s first computer program in order to demonstrate its capabilities.  Ages 5-9

1613129130 Ada’s ideas : the story of Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer
By: Fiona Robinson

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world’s first computer programmer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.  Ages 6-9

9781416958192 Look up! : Henrietta Leavitt, pioneering woman astronomer
By: Robert Burleigh

An illustrated portrait of astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt traces the years she spent measuring stars from her position at the Harvard College Observatory and her important discoveries that enabled the scientific community to gain a fuller understanding of the universe’s vast size.  Ages 4-8

9781607749769 Women in science : 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world
By: Rachel Ignotofsky

Celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more! Ages 12 and up

9781554537044 The Most Magnificent Thing
By:Ashley Spires

A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.  Ages 3-7

9780823416219 Of numbers and stars : the story of Hypatia
By: D. Anne Love

The daughter of mathematician Theon, Hypatia grew up on the northern tip of Egypt in the great city of Alexandria in the 4th century A.D. Unlike most girls of her time, Hypatia learned to read and write, and as she grew older was tutored in mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy. In time, word spread of her brilliance and scholars from all over the world came to her seeking her advice and opinions in these subjects. Records of her fame as a teacher can be found in the writings of Socrates. One of her most famous students, Synesius, developed the astrolabe under her direction. Ages 7 and up


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