The best books to inspire girls in STEM

The Books I Picked & Why

Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

By Kirsten Larson, Tracy Subisak

Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

Why this book?

This non-fiction book about Emma Lilian Todd by Kirsten Williams Larson and illustrated by Tracy Subisak offers an inspiring story about a woman engineer inventing an airplane. The story and illustrations do a fantastic job of showing the real-world process of design thinking, with research and failures along the way. I love the themes of perseverance and the important message that great inventions build upon one another.


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How to Code a Sandcastle

By Josh Funk, Sara Palacios

How to Code a Sandcastle

Why this book?

Josh Funk and illustrator Sara Palacios bring fun into coding with this cute picture book. Pearl and her robot figure out how to build a sandcastle using basic coding concepts such as commands, loops, and functions. It’s a wonderful introduction to code with a fun story that kids will enjoy. You can also check out another adventure with Pearl and her robot in How to Code a Rollercoaster.


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Bracelets for Bina's Brothers

By Rajani LaRocca, Chaaya Prabhat

Bracelets for Bina's Brothers

Why this book?

This adorable picture book by Rajani LaRocca and illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat is about a girl named Bina who wants to make bracelets for her brothers for Raksha Bandhan, a Hindu holiday. Through this sweet story, the book explores patterns and sequences, introducing kids to math concepts in a fun and playful way.


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Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

By Laurie Wallmark, Katy Wu

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

Why this book?

This non-fiction biography by Laurie Hallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu tells the story of computer scientist Grace Hopper. The story is engaging and fascinating, as we learn about Grace’s contributions to computer science, including coining the term “computer bug” and moving code from numbers to the English language. This book is inspiring, enjoyable, and informative for a wide range of ages.


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Made by Maxine

By Ruth Spiro, Holly Hatam

Made by Maxine

Why this book?

Written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Holly Hatam, this book celebrates the Maker spirit through the story of Maxine, who is determined to help her goldfish march in the pet parade. With fun illustrations, readers will enjoy seeing Maxine’s imaginative inventions as she tries, struggles, and overcomes obstacles to solve the problem.


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