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Must-Read Series about STEM Trailblazers

Science and technology are constantly evolving. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come over the last century or two. Many developments are thanks to the work of STEM trailblazers who have devoted their lives to intense research and amazing discoveries. Check out these four biography series that will introduce your kids to some of the world’s top leaders in STEM.

1. Antares Biographies

Did Thomas Edison invent the lightbulb? As your young readers make their way through Thomas Edison from Antares Publishing, they may be surprised to learn that this was not one of Edison’s accomplishments! In this easy-to-read book, though, they’ll discover several of Edison’s true claims to fame.

Thomas Edison

Other science and technology biographies from Antares include:

Famous Americans: George Washington Carver

Famous Americans: Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson
Steve Jobs

2. STEM Trailblazer Bios

If you’ve never heard of Jean Bartik, it’s high time your family got to know her! You can read about the top-secret project she worked on during World War II in Computer Scientist Jean Bartik by Jennifer Reed. If your middle schoolers are doing a wax museum project, Bartik could be a fascinating character to portray.

Computer Scientist Jean Bartik

This is just one of the many titles in the STEM Trailblazer Bios series. Others to check out are:

Animal Scientist and Activist Jane Goodall
Mathematician and Computer Scientist Grace Hopper

Space Engineer and Scientist Margaret Hamilton

3. Graphic Science Biographies

Fans of graphic novels will get sucked into Marie Curie and Radioactivity by Jordi Bayarri. This Polish scientist was the first woman in the world to win a Nobel Prize. She’s notable not only for that, but also for winning Nobel Prizes in two different branches of science. This graphic novel addresses events from Curie’s professional and personal lives.

Marie Curie and Radioactivity

Additional titles in the Graphic Science Biographies include:

Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity
Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion

4. Gateway Biographies

To read about a STEM trailblazer who’s still going strong today, check out Elon Musk: Tesla Founder and Titan of Tech by Margaret J. Goldstein. The book covers Musk’s early life, his many accomplishments, and his potential plans for the future. With a Lexile level of 1060L, this title is best for high schoolers.

Elon Musk: Tesla Founder and Titan of Tech

This book is part of the Gateway Biographies series, which also features titles like:

Greta Thunberg: Climate Crisis Activist
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Star Astrophysicist
Stephen Hawking: Celebrated Physicist

LightSail’s book collection includes many different series so your kids can dive deep into all sorts of subjects. Biographies like these may get their wheels turning on topics like environmental science, animal activism, and computer programming. As their interest grows, they can also explore videos, encyclopedia articles, and other related resources, all available right on our platform.

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Posted on 12.Dec.21 in Book Recommendations

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