In honor of International Women’s Day, I have made a list of 12 picture books about inspiring women scientists and mathematicians to share with your girls and boys.
Lost to history for a time, women of the past are being remembered for their contributions. Modern women are also making a mark on science, architecture and math.
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Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain
The true story of eighteenth-century mathematician Sophie Germain, who solved the unsolvable to achieve her dream. She eventually became the first woman to win a grand prize from France’s prestigious Academy of Sciences for her formula, which laid the groundwork for much of modern architecture. (2018)
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film Hidden Figures. (2018)
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist
Discover the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, and inspire. Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary―and they didn’t think women should be scientists. (2017)
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
A fascinating picture book biography of a pioneering female scientist–who loved reptiles! When Joan Proctor grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumored-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a little girl, Joan hosted children’s tea parties–with her komodo dragon as the guest of honor. (2018)
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code
The inspiring story of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science—is told in an engaging picture book biography. (2017)
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps
Jane Goodall, the great observer of chimpanzees. Follow Jane from her childhood in London watching a robin on her windowsill, to her years in the African forests of Gombe, Tanzania, invited by brilliant scientist Louis Leakey to observe chimps, to her worldwide crusade to save these primates who are now in danger of extinction, and their habitat. (2011)
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science
One of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly, Maria Sibylla Merian was also one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly.
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
Another story about Merian– This is the story of one young girl-Maria Merian-who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece. (2010)
Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story
This picture book biography examines the life and career of naturalist and artist Anna Comstock (1854-1930), who defied social conventions and pursued the study of science. We use her Handbook of Nature Study in our homeschool.
The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
Get to know Zaha Hadid in this nonfiction picture book about the famed architect’s life and her triumph over adversity.
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
This illustrated biography shares the story of the female scientist, Marie Tharp, a pioneering woman scientist and the first person to ever successfully map the ocean floor.
Celebrated author and artist Demi beautifully portrays the life and story of Marie Curie, the revolutionary scientist and winner of two Nobel Prizes.
Women are excelling in STEM careers. As a Tech Savvy Mom, I couldn’t be happier. Enjoy these books about women scientists, mathematicians and architects with your future world changers.
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