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STEM-related Reading List
(Recommended for ages 6 - 12 years old)
S is for STEAM
Smart Sarah and the Magic of Science
Smart Sarah discovers how rainbows, cupcakes and a curiosity about colors lead her to an appreciation for science. Smart Sarah's family helps nurture her passion for knowing how things work.

Black Women in Science
Learn about the black women who made huge strides in Math, Science and Technology: Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Annie Turnbo Malone, Bessie Coleman, Flemmie Pansy Kittrell.

May Chinn: The Best Medicine (Science Superstars)
Examines Chinn's triumph over poverty and prejudice, discussing her accomplishments in public health, family and women's medicine and cancer research.

Gary and the Great Inventors: It's Laundry Day!
Today is Laundry Day! My name is Gary and I love to learn about great inventors. Please join me as I learn about Thomas Jennings, the first African American to receive a patent for his invention in the United States.

The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists)
If you like to think big, but some say you're too small or they say you're too young or too slow or too tall ... Meet Dr. Patricia Bath... the scientist who never lost sight of her dreams!

T is for Technology
A Computer Called Katherine
The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson -- made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures -- who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon.

How to Code A sandcastle
Peal has been trying to build the perfect sandcastle, but out of control Frisbees and mischievous puppies keep getting in the way! Pearl and her robot friend Pascal have one last chance, and this time, they're going to use code to get the job done.

How to Code a rollercoaster
Pearl and Pascal take their coding adventures to the amusement park in this follow-up picture book from our Girls Who Code program!

Ron's Big Mission
Nine-year old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950's, Ron's obtaining his own library card is not a small task - it's a young man's first courageous mission. Based on Ron McNair's life - scientist and astronaut.

Adi Sorts with Variables (Code Play)
It's time to clean Adi's room! If only a computer could do it for her! That gives Adi and her best friend Gabi an idea-think like a coder! These scientific thinkers put on their computer coding caps and make cleaning up a snap by sorting with variables.

E is for Engineering
What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors
Kareem Abdul Jabbar, NBA basketball legend created a lineup of little known African American inventors in this lively kid-friendly book. A funny contemporary story featuring two feisty twins. Here is a tribute to black inventors whose ingenuity and perseverance against great odds, made our world safer, better and brighter.

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
You know the Super Soaker? It's one of the top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.

Sarah and Preston Discover STEM Careers!
The latest STEM workbook featuring Smart Sarah and Perceptive (PJ) Preston Junior. This easy-to-read activity book about STEM careers that both girls and boys can be a part of doctor, dentist, pharmacist, coders, veterinarian.

Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon
Philip Freelon's grandfather was an acclaimed painter of the Harlem Renaissance. His father was a successful businessman who attended the 1963 March on Washington. When Phil When Phil decided to attend architecture school, he created his own legacy as an African American and Islamic designers.

Little Legends Exceptional Men in Black History
New York Times bestselling author illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold joyous light on black men throughout american history in this board book !

A is for Art/Architecture
What is Hip Hop
Morse and Yi highlight hip-hop's cultural via impressive rhyming biographies. Yi's is the artistic creator of the meticulously styled clay figures are as magical. His clay action figures are expressive and playful.

A Girl Named Misty
A Girl Named Misty. The True Story of MIsty Copeland is about how ordinary American girls grew up to be extraordinary American women. Misty Copeland becomes the first African American Female Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Theatre.

Mary Had a Little Glam
This little Mary has Style! In this fun take on Mother Goose, fashion forward Mary helps some of childhood's most beloved characters go glam. From the kid who lives in a show (gets footwear makeover), jack who breaks his crown gets a new one, Mary's friends are too well dressed for recess!.

Mae Among the Stars
A beautiful picture book for sharing inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space.

Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas
Vivien Thomas's greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929 Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school. At the time the all white school would not allow him to attend. Read all about it....

M is for Math
Perceptive PJ (Preston Junior) and the Making of a Mathlete!
Percpetive PJ is inspired by his family history of being world class athletes. Perceptive PJ uses their advise to get ready for his schools Math Olympics. Being a Math-Athlete (Mathlete) takes the same type dedication, commitment and practice.

The Girl with a Mind for Math
Young Ray sets her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way. As a result she kept her greatest career accomplishments a secret for decades. Through it all, the gifted mathematician persisted and was finally recognized for pioneering and changing the course of ship design forever.

The Toothpaste Millionaire
Rufus Mayflower doesn't set out to become a millionaire. He just want to save on toothpaste. Betting he can make a gallon of his own for the same price as one tube from the store, Rugus develops a step by step production plan with help form his good friend Kate MacKinstrey. This fun, breezy story set in 1960, Cleveland Ohio contains many real life math problems which the character has to solve.

Basketball: The Math of the Game (Sports Math)
How far is it from the three point line to the basket? What is the difference in diameter between a basketball and the rim? How do you calculate a basketball player's field goal percentage? With every bounce of the ball and swish of the net, math makes its way to the court!

Football: The Math of the Game (Sports Math)
How much area is there in an entire football field? How do you determine a quarterback's rating? What is the longest field goal kicked in NFL history? Head to the gridiron to learn about the math of football!

Honorable Mentioned
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
When 13 year-old William's village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let along school, William spent his days in the library and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps thus became the local hero.

Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?
This is a journey into the often forgotten contributions of African American inventors, that contributed to the American landscape. It chronicles the school day of a little boy, highlighting different inventions that he used throughout the day, all invented by African Americans.

Look What Brown Can Do!
A great book for every Brown child who's still dreaming about what to be when s/he grows up!" This helps parents foster your little one's imagination and encourage them to dream big with this modern Black History book created to inspire brown children everywhere.

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