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Discover Greatness: Women of Science

Stories of Scientific Discovering to Inspire your Elementary Schooler

You’ll also find great websites for learning about women in science on Women’s History Month for Kids.


Dive! My adventures in the Deep Frontier
by Sylvia A. Earle

The author relates some of her adventures studying and exploring the world’s oceans, including tracking whales, living in an underwater laboratory, and helping to design a deep water submarine.




The elephant scientist
by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson; photographs by Caitlin O’Connell

Illustrated with many well-captioned, color photos, this eye-catching book provides a sometimes fascinating look at researcher Caitlin O’Connell’s work with elephants in America and in Namibia.



Life in the Ocean: the Story of Sylvia Earle
by Claire A. Nivola.

A picture book biography tells the story of Sylvia Earle’s growing passion for the wonders of the sea and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world.





Look Up! the Story of the First Woman Astronomer
by Robert Burleigh; illustrated by Raul Colon

The story of Henrietta Leavitt,  the first person to discover the scientific importance of a star’s brightness, and a female pioneer of astronomy.





Me– Jane
by Patrick McDonnell

Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.



Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium
by Carla Killough McClafferty

Meet Manya Sklodowska, better known today as Marie Curie, the co-discoverer of radium, and who became the first woman awarded the Nobel prize for her work on the discovery. Learn what life was like for Marie, and the effect her discovery had on the world.




Stone Girl, Bone Girl: the Story of Mary Anning
by Laurence Anholt; illustrated by Sheila Moxley

Mary Anning was just twelve years old when she found an Ichthyosaurus skeleton in 1811, leading to a life-long interest in fossils and other important discoveries.




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