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Recommended STEM Reads

Calling all bookworms and young engineers! We put together a list of inspiring books about girl engineers and their exciting adventures. So, curl up with a book and enjoy!
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Here’s a list of some of our favorite books about girl engineers and all of their awesome adventures!

Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane by Kirsten W. Larson

  • This picture book biography is about Emma Lilian Todd, a self-taught aerospace engineer. In the early 1900’s, Emma became the first woman to build a plane.
  • Check out this book from your public library or buy it!
  • Learn more about the author, Kirsten W. Larson
  • Learn more about the illustrator, Tracy Subisak

Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce

  • Ellie is an engineer who likes to accessorize her outfits with her handy tool belt. Ellie enjoys designing and building things in her backyard with her best friend, Kit. Ellie decides to surprise her best friend with a birthday gift she plans to build herself.
  • Borrow this book from your public library or buy it!
  • Learn more about the author, Jackson Pearce

Ada Lace Adventures by Emily Calandrelli

  • Ada Lace’s passions are science, math, and technology. When Ada moves to a new home, she uses her skills to solve crimes and other problems. Along her investigative path, Ada makes a new friend.
  • Borrow these books from your public library or buy them!
  • Learn more about the author, Emily Calandrelli from The Space Gal, Emily’s Wonder Lab, and Bill Nye Saves the World.

Girls Can Be Engineers by Jamila H. Lindo

  • Girls Can Be Engineers features a young girl named Hannah. Hannah is researching a career ahead of Career Day at her school. But Hannah is feeling discouraged because each career she is interested in seems to only be for boys. Join along with Hannah as she learns that careers are not for any one gender. Anyone can have any career they choose, whether they identify as boys, girls, or nonbinary.
  • Borrow this book from your public library or buy it!
  • Learn more about the author, Jamila H. Lindo

Dr. H Explores the Universe: Mercury to Mars by Dr. K. Renee Horton

  • H and BB are on an adventure to explore the planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. Travel along with them and learn about their experiences and the challenges they hit along the way.
  • Borrow this book from your public library or buy it!
  • Learn more about the author, K. Renee Horton, who was recently featured in the SWENext newsletter.

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark

  • This picture book biography was based on the true story of Grace Hopper. Grace Hopper broke boundaries and revolutionized computer science.
  • Borrow this book from your public library or buy it!
  • Learn more about the author, Laurie Wallmark

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

  • This story was inspired by Mae Jemison, the first African woman in space. When Mae was a child, she dreamed about dancing in space. She wanted to be an astronaut. With her hard work, Mae succeeded at NASA.
  • Borrow the book from your public library or buy it!
  • Learn more about the author, Roda Ahmed
  • Learn more about the illustrator, Stasia Burrington

Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer by Traci Sorell

  • Mary Golda Ross was Lockheed Aircraft Corporation’s first woman and Indigenous engineer. She was an aerospace engineer. She designed top secret airplanes and spacecraft. Learn more about her adventure as a classified engineer!
  • Check out the book from your public library or buy it!
  • Learn more about Mary Golda Ross
  • Learn more about Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan.

Small World by Ishta Mercurio

  • Nanda becomes curious about the world around her. She becomes interested in shapes and structural patterns in nature such as fractals in snowflakes. Eventually, Nanda’s curiosity takes her to a career in aerospace. Join Nanda as she becomes an astronaut and learns more about our big and small place in our vast universe.
  • Borrow this book from your public library or buy it!
  • Learn more about the author, Ishta Mercurio

Do you have another favorite book about girls in STEM? Share it with us by posting it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tagging @SWENext!

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    Allison Osmanson is a Materials Science and Engineering PhD student at the University of Texas at Arlington. She holds a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of North Texas and she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Washington State University. She plans to graduate in December 2021, after which, she will be a Microelectronics Packaging Engineer at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas.

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