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Anyone can be a scientist. All it takes is asking a question and looking for an answer. If you ever wondered “how does that work?” or “why does that happen?” then these interesting true stories are for you.
Nonfiction Picture Books for Kids
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating
Chronicles the life and career of Eugenie Clark, an icthyologist who overcame many obstacles to study and dispel myths about sharks, the creatures she loved so much.
The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just by Mélina Mangal
Presents the life and accomplishments of the African American scientist, whose keen observations of sea creatures revealed new insights about egg cells and the origins of life. Also available in eBook from hoopla.
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark
Reveals how a woman with a passion for math and science revolutionized computer coding, defying conventions and difficult challenges along the way.
Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong's Work for Sustainable Farming by Sigrid Schmalzer
"Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean" tells its story through the memories of a farm boy who, inspired by Pu Zhelong, became a scientist himself.
Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by Sylvia Acevedo
The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez
Through lively text and vibrant illustrations, a scientist writer brings to life Joan Procter's inspiring story of passion and determination as a pioneering female scientist who loved reptiles.
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca
Describes the life and accomplishments of the animal scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities, from her early life and autism diagnosis through her journey to become a livestock expert.
Newton's Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist by Kathryn Lasky
A picture-book biography of young Isaac Newton, who "discovered" gravity, developed calculus, and uncovered the secrets of light and color
Caroline's Comets: A True Story by Emily Arnold McCully
Caroline Herschel was the first woman to discover a comet and the first woman to be paid as a scientist.
The Science of Baseball with Max Axiom, Super Scientist by David Drier
A blazing fastball. A blasting hit. An amazing catch at the fence! What's behind it all? Science! Let Max Axiom, Super Scientist, explain the science behind a curveball, the fastest way to run the bases, and much, much more.