These books about black women in science showcase the trailblazing work of remarkable women who have overcome tremendous obstacles to make groundbreaking discoveries, challenge long-held beliefs, and pave the way for future generations.
The books not only celebrate these women’s incredible achievements but also highlight the importance of diversity and representation in science, encouraging your young reader to pursue their passions, regardless of their race or gender.
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Share the accomplishments of these amazing black women in science with your children for Black History Month! Inspiration comes in many forms.
As a mom, I find it important to expose my boys to people of all races, creeds and color to better understand that without these amazing people, the world wouldn’t be what it is today. As an aunt to girls, I want them to see themselves in the women who came before them so that they can know what is possible.
As a family of readers, we often turn to books to expose my boys to the powerful and world-changing people who came before them.
Award-winning author Suzanne Slade and debut artist Veronica Miller Jamison tell the story of a NASA “computer” in this smartly written, charmingly illustrated biography.
Katherine knew it was wrong that African Americans didn’t have the same rights as others.
And she proved everyone wrong by zooming ahead of her classmates, starting college at fifteen, and eventually joining NASA, where her calculations helped pioneer America’s first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world’s first trip to the moon!
Simply told with evocative full-color illustrations.
When Bessie Coleman was a child, she wanted to be in school — not in the cotton fields of Texas, helping her family earn money.
At the end of every day in the fields she checked the foreman’s numbers to make sure his math was correct. And this was just the beginning of a life of hard work and dedication that really paid off to become the first African-American to earn a pilot’s license.
The inspiring story of her difficult early years, her success as a stunt pilot putting on daring air shows in many states, and her dedication to telling young African-Americans wherever she went, “You can be somebody. You can fly high just like me,” is as moving and important today as it was then.
In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as “colored computers,” and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.
They participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America’s first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do.
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!
From Katherine’s early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, Counting on Katherine is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.