Diversity in STEM

STEM Tuesday– Celebrating Diversity in STEM– Book List

Changing the Equation: 50+ U.S. Black Women in STEM by Tonya Bolden

Bolden examines the lives of trailblazing Black female computer scientists, inventors, mathematicians, and more to inspire young readers.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

An inspiring story about the power of books and STEM-thinking. A fourteen-year old Malawi boy who cannot attend school educates himself and learns how to build a windmill to help his village.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

A perfect book for aspiring astronomers and astrophysicists that tells the story of the extraordinary Black women behind the U.S. space program.

How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tonya Bolden

Delve into the creation of a new museum from the architect’s plants to curating the collection.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Take a peek into the lives of women who chose STEM for their life’s work, trailblazing through a field with few women.

101 Black Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by L.A. Amber

Young readers will be inspired by the women included in Amber’s book who paved the way for other women of color in STEM fields from the 1800s to today.

Susan La Flesche Picotte: Pioneering Doctor by Diane Bailey

This biography of the first Native American Woman to graduate medical school is a great addition to any middle school STEM shelf.

Astrophysics for Young People In a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson with Gregory Mone

This young readers edition of Tyson’s popular adult version will get kids excited about the universe.

Path to the Stars: My Journey from girl Scouts to Rocket Scientist by Sylvia Acevedo

Sylvia Acevedo’s experience as a Girl Scout transformed her. She was one of the first Latinx to graduate with a master’s in engineering. Also available in Spanish.

What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Raymond Obstfeld, illustrated by Ben Boos and A.G. Ford

Discover African-American inventors with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


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Nancy Castaldo has written books about our planet for over 20 years including, THE STORY OF SEEDS, which earned the Green Earth Book Award, Junior Library Guild Selection, and other honors. Nancy’s research has taken her all over the world from the Galapagos to Russia.  She strives to inform, inspire, and empower her readers. Nancy also served as Regional Advisor Emeritus of the Eastern NY SCBWI region. Her 2020 international title about farm and food is THE FARM THAT FEEDS US: A Year In The Life Of An Organic Farm. Visit her at www.nancycastaldo.com. 

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Patricia Newman writes middle-grade nonfiction that empowers young readers to act on behalf of the environment and their communities. The Sibert Honor author of Sea Otter Heroes, Newman has also received an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book Award for Eavesdropping on Elephants, a Green Earth Book Award for Plastic, Ahoy!, and a Eureka! Gold Medal from the California Reading Association for Zoo Scientists to the Rescue. Her books have received starred reviews, been honored as Junior Library Guild Selections, and included on Bank Street College’s Best Books lists. During author visits, she demonstrates how young readers can use writing to be the voice of change. Visit her at www.patriciamnewman.com. Stay tuned for her upcoming Planet Ocean – March 2, 2021.