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Picture Book Biographies to Inspire

Are you looking for some inspiration? Picture book biographies are a great place to start! They provide concise, interesting looks into the lives of fascinating people--some household names and some new discoveries--and they feature artwork that draws you into the story too! Biographies for younger readers can be found in the JUV 92 section of your local public library--but these picture books are great introductions to women excelling in science, technology, engineering and math--and can be read no matter your age! There is something to be learned for everyone!

No matter your age or interests, we hope you'll enjoy these nine fascinating picture book biographies about women in STEM!

Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers? by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
The well-known story of Ada Lovelace comes to life in this charming picture book about Lovelace's upbringing, her foray into mathematics and computing, and her life outside of what was and wasn't expected of a young woman of her time. This is a good read for kids who are interested in just how far computing has come through the years. 

Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement by Stephanie Roth Sisson
Kids interested in climate change and environmental activism will enjoy this picture book about Rachel Carson, author and scientist, who helped spread the word about the troubles with chemical pollution. This is a great tie-in for nature-loving kids who want to get outside and see the science in their own backyards. 


What Miss Mitchell Saw by Hayley Barrett, illustrated by DIana Sudyka
Space-loving readers will love this book about a 19th century librarian and astronomer who discovered a comet in 1847! Miss Mitchell's experiences as a woman overcoming the expectations of society and leaning into her love of science will inspire readers of all ages!

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala
Animal lovers will devour this book about a woman who followed her love for reptiles around the world! Proctor was a pioneer in introducing Komodo dragons to the world! This is a great book to supplement with a visit to the zoo!

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Katherine Johnson became a household name when Hidden Figures was released, but this picture book biography of her early years and life at NASA is great for readers who aren't quite ready for the full story yet! 
 

When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T.Rex by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Diana Sudyka
Dinosaurs lovers will devour this book! A pioneering female scientist spends her life in pursuit of fossils--only to find a BIG one, and get it named after her! The illustrations of this book will draw in readers of all ages and keep them engaged until the final page. 

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa Robeson, illustrated by Rebecca Huang
This fascinating picture book--with gorgeous illustrations--is a great addition to any bookshelf aimed at promoting important women in the sciences. The story of Wu Chien Shiung is inspiring on several levels--and readers will learn about the atom along the way!

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang, illustrated by Jordi Solano
What is it like to come nose-to-nose with a shark? Readers will find out in this lushly illustrated picture book biography that takes you under the sea and follows the daring adventures of Eugenie Clark, one of the leading shark scientists of her time who also helped pioneer research scuba diving!

Marie Curie by Demi
No list about women in STEM would be complete without Madame Marie Curie--the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to do it twice! Her work with radium and mobile x-rays comes alive in this stunning illustrated picture book about her life.