Celebrate Women’s History Month With These Books

To celebrate Women’s History Month, each week we will be posting books centered around daring women in history. These stories belong to just a few of the many remarkable women who fill history with their courage and perseverance. For the first week of Women’s History Month, enjoy these picture books about women in S.T.E.M. fields!

 

Born Curious: 20 Girls Who Grew Up to be Awesome Scientists

Written by Martha Freeman and illustrated by Katy Wu, this book explores twenty different girls who shared the common trait of curiosity. These girls used their curiosity to investigate the world (and worlds!) around them.

 

The House That Cleaned Itself: The True Story of Frances Gabe’s (Mostly) Marvelous Invention

Written by Susan Romberg and Laura Dershewitz and illustrated by Meghann Rader, this book teaches about the amazing women who detested housework. While her self-cleaning house did not become popular, it did contain almost 70 new inventions!

 

Mae Among the Stars

Learn about Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space, in this book written by Roda Ahmed and illustrated by Stasia Burrington. When Mae was little, she wanted to see the earth from space, and when she grew up that’s exactly what she did!

 

Patricia’s Vision: The Doctor Who Saved Sight

Where others gave up, Dr. Patricia Bath persisted. Born during a time when women, especially African-American women, were limited in their career choices, Dr. Bath broke through barriers put in place to stop her and would become the first African-American woman doctor to receive a medical patent. Written by Michelle Lord and illustrated by Alleanna Harris, this biography is inspiring to all readers.

 

The Spacesuit: How a Seamstress Helped Put a Man on the Moon

Based on the incredible true story about the “ordinary” women who created the spacesuit worn on the first moonwalk. Allison Donald and Ariel Landy remind readers that even traditionally feminine occupations can make a large impact. After all, without the spacesuit, there would have been no moonwalk!

 

Swimming With Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark

While most people saw sharks as dangerous, Eugenie Clark saw them as sleek and graceful. Clark dared to go where few others would, swimming with sharks! Written by Heather Lang and illustrated by Jordi Solano, this book gives readers a look into the unique woman who proved that sharks were not ferocious eating machines.

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