March 31, 2023

This month our team wants to bring you closer to some of our favourite titles about women in STEM.

We’ve chosen a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction titles to provide something for any interest and reading level. 

This topic is not only important to make sure we widen the horizon of children but also to bring more inclusivity and understanding to young readers. 

Check out the list below to find titles for all ages and the books’ Accelerated Reader quiz information.


Marie Curie: Physicist and Chemist by Lisa M. Bolt Simone
LY | Quiz # 233512 | BL 4.6 | Raintree
Marie Curie wasn’t just a scientist, she was also an inventor and professor. Young readers will discover how she pioneered research on radioactivity and won two Nobel prizes while doing so.

The Scientific Life of Azaleah Lane by Nikki Shannon Smith, illustrated by Gloria Felix
LY | Quiz # 241998 | BL 3.5 | Raintree
Azaleah Lane has been chosen as the STEM lab monitor for the week, but on her first day Harry the lab guinea pig gets out of his cage and escapes. 4th book in a series.

Mea Jemison by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Janna Morton
LY | Quiz # 243060 | BL 5.5 | QED Publishing
As a child, Mae Jemison looked up at the stars and knew she’d travel there one day. Discover her life as a scientist, astronaut, and the first ever Black woman to go into space.

Hedy Lamarr by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Maggie Cole
LY | Quiz # 243073 | BL 5.5 | Frances Lincoln
Discover the life of Hedy Lamarr, the actress and inventor whose curiosity broke boundaries.


Mary Anning by Robert Snedden
MY | Quiz # 234057 | BL 7.5 | Raintree

In 2010, the Royal Society named Mary Anning one of the 10 British women most influential in the history of science. Though she wasn’t appreciated in her time because she was a woman, she was one of the premier fossil hunters of 19th-century England.

The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Johnson by Devika Jina
MY | Quiz # 239322 | BL 6.3 | Puffin

This biography profiles the life and career of mathematician Katherine Johnson.

Shooting for the Stars by Norah Patten, illustrated by Jenniger Farley
MY | Quiz # 237128 | BL 6.5 | O’Brien Press Ltd.

Dr Norah Patten is on a mission to be the first Irish person in space. Here, she tells us about herself, all about space and the life of an astronaut.

Bright Sparks: Amazing Discoveries, Inventions & Designs by Women by Owen O’Doherty
MY | Quiz # 234709 | BL 7.6 | O’Brien Press Ltd.

Women have discovered, invented and designed things we all take for granted, but many of their names are unknown. This is a collection of remarkable discoveries and inventions from around the world, celebrating women who have made their mark on history.


The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
MY+ | Quiz # 231248 | BL 4.7 | Chicken House
When a mysterious death shakes her island community, thirteen-year-old Isabella, daughter to the island’s only mapmaker, joins a party of explorers who go into the forest in search of answers.

Dreaming in Code: Ada Lovelace, Computer Pioneer by Emily Arnold McCully
MY+ | Quiz # 236395 | BL 8.3 | Candlewick Press
This book chronicles the life and career of mathematician Ada Byron Lovelace and reveals how the daughter of Lord Byron, the infamous Romantic poet, became the world’s first computer programmer.

25 Women who Thought of It First by Jill Sherman
MY+ | Quiz # 234839 | BL 6.4 | Raintree
Discover 25 women who were trailblazers in science, technology, architecture, engineering, and more. Learn about some of the women who defied expectations and introduced the world to new ideas and creations big and small.


The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
UY | Quiz # 233282 | BL 5.7| Walker Books
Romy is the only surviving crew member on a spaceship bound for a new planet. She is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears that a second ship has launched, holding a single passenger named J.

Warcross by Marie Lu
UY | Quiz # 233179 | BL 5.6 | Penguin Books
When coder Emika hacks into the opening tournament of the championships, she glitches herself into the game and a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Slay by Brittney Morris
UY | Quiz # 237868 | BL 6.0 | Hodder Children’s Books
Seventeen-year-old Kiera enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until a boy is murdered over the game.



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