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Girls in STEM

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These excellent books are about girls who are making things—burgeoning engineers and imaginators. Boys and girls alike can enjoy these stories, and have their notions challenged about what an engineer looks like.
Most Magnificent Thing, The

Most Magnificent Thing, The

illustrated by Ashley Spires
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!" But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the gi …

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Spic-and-Span!

Spic-and-Span!

Lillian Gilbreth's Wonder Kitchen
by Monica Kulling
illustrated by David Parkins
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

Born into a life of privilege in 1878, Lillian Moller Gilbreth put her pampered life aside for one of adventure and challenge. She and her husband, Frank, became efficiency experts by studying the actions of factory workers. They ran their home efficiently, too. When Frank suddenly died, Lillian was left to her own devices to raise their eleven children. Eventually, she was hired by the Brooklyn Borough Gas Company to improve kitchen design, which was only the beginning.
     Lillian Gilbreth wa …

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In the Bag!

In the Bag!

Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
by Monica Kulling
illustrated by David Parkins
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

Tundra's Great Idea Series are early-reader biographies. The third book in the series introduces the fascinating Margaret Knight. Known as Mattie, she was different from most American girls living in 1850. She loved to make things with wood and made the best kites and sleds in town. Her father died when she was only three and by the time she was twelve she was working at the local cotton mill, alongside her two older brothers. One day she saw a worker get injured by a shuttle which had come loos …

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Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch

Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Bernadette is having a hard time starting the school year. Her best friend moved and now she has to deal with bossy teachers and nosy younger kids. It’s only when she makes new friends, Annie, Keisha, and Megan that she finds a way to survive school.

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Shark Lady

Shark Lady

The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist
edition:Hardcover

Named a Best Children's Book of 2017 by Parents Magazine!

This is the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. This is the story of Shark Lady.

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.

Determined to prove t …

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Mary Anning's Curiosity

Mary Anning's Curiosity

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Mary Anning, considered the world’s greatest fossilist, discovered her first big find at the age of twelve. This novel is an imaginative re-creation of her childhood in early nineteenth-century Lyme Regis.

Mary was born in 1799 in Lyme Regis, England, to a poor family. She and her older brother were the only two of ten children to survive. Her father, a carpenter and part-time fossil hunter, taught his children to look for fossils.

When her father injured himself and was unable to work, Mary qui …

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Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

by Helaine Becker
illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
edition:Hardcover

The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the filmHidden Figures.

You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home?

As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited …

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Dr. Jo

Dr. Jo

How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America's Children
edition:Hardcover

This thoughtful and beautifully illustrated picture book shares the story of a trailblazer who has inspired generations of girls to change the world.

Sara Josephine Baker was a strong girl who loved adventure. Growing up in New York in the late 1800s was not easy. When she lost her brother and father to typhoid fever, she became determined to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. In Jo's day, medical schools were closed to women, but times were changing, and Jo was at the forefront.

When she gra …

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