10 Inspiring Books Featuring Female STEM Pioneers

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re casting a spotlight on 10 inspiring female pioneers who broke barriers and laid the groundwork for future generations of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These narratives, rich in perseverance, intellect, and the relentless pursuit of discovery, not only educate but inspire while showcasing the indelible impact these women have made in STEM fields and beyond.

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing, by Dean Robbins, Illustrated by Lucy Knisley

This picture book biography highlights the contributions of Margaret Hamilton, a computer scientist who developed the onboard flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon.

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor, by Robert Burleigh, Illustrated by Raúl Colón 

This book tells the story of Marie Tharp, a geologist and oceanographic cartographer who created the first scientific map of the Atlantic Ocean floor. Her work was pivotal in the acceptance of the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift.

Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts

Another book from the Questioneers series, this story follows Rosie Revere, who dreams of becoming an engineer. It’s a tale of creativity, persistence, and the joy of inventing.

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin, by Julia Finley Mosca, Illustrated by Daniel Rieley

This book tells the inspiring story of Temple Grandin, a scientist and autism spokesperson, who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock.

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, by Laurie Wallmark, Illustrated by Katy Wu

This picture book biography of Grace Hopper, a pioneering computer scientist, and navy rear admiral, introduces young readers to her groundbreaking contributions to computer programming.

Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence, by Karla Valenti, Illustrated by Annalisa Beghelli

This book uses a storytelling approach to introduce young readers to Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to win in two different sciences, for her discoveries in physics and chemistry.

Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist, by Linda Skeers (Author), Marta Álvarez Miguéns (Illustrator)

This book celebrates the life of Mary Anning, a self-taught paleontologist whose fossil discoveries in the 19th century dramatically changed our understanding of prehistoric life. Despite facing societal challenges, Mary’s groundbreaking work in Lyme Regis, England, laid foundational stones for the field of paleontology.

Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor” by Laurie Wallmark, Illustrated by Katy Wu

This picture book biography showcases the life of Hedy Lamarr, not only as a famous Hollywood actress but also as a brilliant inventor who co-developed a frequency-hopping technology that is the basis for modern Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

Galaxy Girls: 50 Amazing Stories of Women in Space, by Libby Jackson

This book showcases the stories of 50 women who have been instrumental in space exploration. From astronauts to engineers, and scientists, it highlights the contributions of women who have pushed the boundaries of space and science.

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom, by Teresa Robeson, Illustrated by Rebecca Huang 

This picture book tells the story of Wu Chien Shiung, a pioneering physicist who made several groundbreaking discoveries. Her work on the Manhattan Project and her experiments in the 1950s on beta decay were pivotal in the development of nuclear physics.

Each book on our list offers a unique glimpse into the challenges overcome and the milestones achieved by women who dared to dream big and defy expectations.  May the stories of these remarkable pioneers encourage the next generation of young girls and boys to explore, question, and innovate. 

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