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Biographies of Women Scientists:
For Girls and Young Women

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Science, Technology and Business Division
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This guide provides a list of selected books for girls and young women about famous and contemporary female scientists. It is limited to books written in English within the past 20 years.

Books to Get Started

Atkins, Jeannine. Wings and rockets: the story of women in air and space. Illustrated by Dušan Petričič. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. 197 p.
   Bibliography: 187-189.
   Reading level: middle (III)
   TL539.A85 2003

Hacker, Carlotta. Scientists. New York, Crabtree Pub., c1998. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 47.
   Reading level: intermediate (II)
   Q141.H2163 1998

Hatch, Sybil E. Changing our world: true stories of women engineers. Reston, VA, American Society of Civil Engineers, c2006. 221 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Reading level: advanced middle & high school (IV)
   TA157.H4155 2006

Haven, Kendall F Women at the edge of discovery: 40 true science adventures. Westport, CT, Libraries Unlimited, 2003. 273 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Reading level: advanced middle & high school (IV)
   Q141.H368 2003

Karnes, Frances A., and Kristen R. Stephens. Young women of achievement: a resource for girls in science, math, and technology.  Amherst, NY, Prometheus Books, 2002. 279 p.
   Bibliography: p. 236-245.
   Reading level: advanced middle & high school (IV)
   Q130.K37 2002 <SciRR>

Langley, Wanda. Women of the wind: early women aviators. Greensboro, NC, Morgan Reynolds Pub., c2006. 160 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Reading level: middle (III)
   TL539.L28 2006

Stille, Darlene R. Extraordinary women scientists. Chicago, Childrens Press, c1995. 208 p.
   Bibliography: p. 199-200.
   Reading level: advanced middle & high school (IV)
   Q130.S75 1995 <SciRR>

Stone, Tanya Lee. Almost astronauts: the true story of the “Mercury 13” women. Somerville, MA, Candlewick Press, 2009. 133 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Reading level: middle (III)
   TL789.85.A1S79 2008

Sullivan, Otha Richard. African American women scientists and inventors. Edited by Jim Haskins. New York, Wiley, c2002. 150 p.
   Bibliography: p. 143.
   Reading level: advanced middle & high school (IV)
   T39.S985 2002

Thimmesh, Catherine. The sky’s the limit: stories of discovery by women and girls. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2002. 73 p.
   Bibliography: p. 66-67.
   Reading level: intermediate (II)
   Q130.T47 2002

Women in science. Detroit, Macmillan Reference USA, c2001. 421 p.
   Bibliography: p. 381-403.
   Reading level: advanced middle & high school (IV)
   Q141.W6795 2001 <SciRR>

Yount, Lisa. Twentieth-century women scientists. New York, Facts on File, c1996. 123 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Reading level: middle (III)
   Q141.Y69 1996

Zach, Kim K. Hidden from history: the lives of eight American women scientists.  Greensboro, NC, Avisson Press, c2002. 152 p.
   Bibliography: p. 141-149.
   Reading level: middle (III)
   Q141.Z33 2002


Primary (I)

Adler, David A. A picture book of Amelia Earhart. Illustrated by Jeff Fisher. New York, Holiday House, c1998. 1 v. (unpaged)
   TL540.E3A45 1998

Anholt, Laurence. Stone girl, bone girl: the story of Mary Anning. Illustrated by Sheila Moxley. New York, Orchard Books, 1999. 1 v. (unpaged)
   QE707.A56A54 1999

Atkins, Jeannine. Mary Anning and the sea dragon. Illustrated by Michael Dooling. New York, Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999. 1 v. (unpaged)
   QE707.A56A74 1999

Birch, Beverley. Marie Curie’s search for radium. Illustrated by Christian Birmingham. Hauppauge, NY, Barron’s, 1996. 42 p.
   QD22.C8B574 1996

Borden, Louise, and Mary Kay Kroeger. Fly high! the story of Bessie Coleman. Illustrated by Teresa Flavin. New York, Margaret K. McElderry, c2001. 1 v. (unpaged)
   TL540.C646B67 2001

Brown, Don. Rare treasure: Mary Anning and her remarkable discoveries. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1999. 1 v. (unpaged)
   QE707.A56B76 1999

Cregan, Elizabeth R. Marie Curie: pioneering physicist. Minneapolis, Compass Point Books, c2007. 32 p.
   QD22.C8C74 2007

Ehrlich, Amy. Rachel: the story of Rachel Carson. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. San Diego, Harcourt, c2003. 1 v. (unpaged)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QH31.C33E47 2003

Ganeri, Anita. Marie Curie. Illustrated by Liz Roberts. North Mankato, MN, Thameside Press; Mankato, MN, Distributed in the United States by Smart Apple Media, c2000. 32 p.
   QD22.C8G35 2000

Graham, Ian. Curie and the science of radioactivity. Illustrated by David Antram. Hauppauge, NY, Barrons Educational Series, 2006. 32 p.
   QD22.C8G735 2006

Johnston, Lissa Jones. Ellen Ochoa: pioneering astronaut. Mankato, MN, Capstone Press, c2006. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   TL789.85.O25J64 2006

Joseph, Lynn. Fly, Bessie, fly. Illustrated by Yvonne Buchanan. New York, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c1998. 1 v. (unpaged)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TL540.C646J67 1998

Klier, Kimberly. You can't do that, Amelia! Illustrated by Kathleen Kemly. Honesdale, PA, Calkins Creek, c2008. 1 v. (unpaged)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TL540.E3K53 2008

Klingel, Cynthia Fitterer. Amelia Earhart: aviation pioneer. Chanhassen, MN, Child’s World, c2004. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   TL540.E3K54 2004

Kraske, Robert. Mae Jemison: space pioneer. Mankato, MN, Capstone Press, c2007. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   TL789.85.J46K73 2007

Langley, Andrew. Amelia Earhart: the pioneering pilot. Illustrated by Alan Marks. New York, Oxford University Press, c1997. 31 p.
   TL540.E3L364 1997

Latham, Donna. Ellen Ochoa: reach for the stars! New York, Bearport Pub., c2006. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   TL789.85.O25L38 2006

Locker, Thomas, and Joseph Bruchac. Rachel Carson: preserving a sense of wonder. Golden, CO, Fulcrum Pub., c2004. 30 p.
   QH31.C33L63 2004

Moore, Heidi. Dian Fossey. Chicago, Raintree, 2009. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 46-47.
   QL31.F65M66 2009

Mortensen, Lori. Amelia Earhart: female pioneer in flight. Illustrated by Robert McGuire. Minneapolis, Picture Window Books, c2008. 24 p.
   Bibliography: p. 24.
   TL540.E3M665 2008

Mortensen, Lori. Marie Curie: prize-winning scientist. Illustrated by Susan Jaekel. Minneapolis, Picture Window Books, c2008. 24 p.
   Bibliography: p. 24.
   QD22.C8M68 2008

Simon, Charnan. Rachel Carson: author and environmentalist. Chanhassen, MN, Child’s World, c2004. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   QH31.C33S46 2004

Vare, Ethlie Ann. Adventurous spirit: a story about Ellen Swallow Richards. Illustrated by Jennifer Hagerman. Minneapolis, Carolrhoda Books, c1992. 64 p.
   Bibliography: p. 64.
   QD22.R48V37 1992

Venezia, Mike. Marie Curie: scientist who made glowing discoveries. New York, Children’s Press, 2009. 32 p.
   QD22.C8V46 2009

Venezia, Mike. Rachel Carson: clearing the way for environmental protection. New York, Children’s Press, c2010. 32 p.
   QH31.C33V46 2010

Walker, Sally M. Bessie Coleman: daring to fly. Illustrated by Janice Lee Porter. Minneapolis, Carolrhoda Books, c2003. 48 p.
   TL540.C646W35 2003

Walker, Sally M. Mary Anning: fossil hunter. Illustrated by Phyllis V. Saroff. Minneapolis, Carolrhoda Books, c2001. 48 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QE707.A56W35 2001

Woronoff, Kristen. Jane Goodall: animal scientist. Detroit, Blackbirch Press, c2002. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 32.
   QL31.G58W67 2002


Intermediate (II)

KAnderson, Lara. Rosalind Franklin. Chicago, Raintree, 2009. 55 p.>
   Bibliography: p. 54.
   QH506.A53 2009

Buckley, Annie. Ellen Ochoa. Ann Arbor, MI, Cherry Lake Pub., c2008. 48 p.
   QTL789.85.O25B83 200

Connolly, Sean. Amelia Earhart: an unauthorized biography. Chicago, Heinemann Library, c2001. 56 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TL540.E3C66 2001

Earle, Sylvia A. Dive! my adventures in the deep frontier. Washington, National Geographic Society, c1999. 64 p.
   GC65.E184 1999

Fletcher, Marty, and Glenn Scherer. Who on earth is Rachel Carson?: mother of the environmental movement. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow, c2009. 112 p.
   Bibliography: p. 104-110.
   QH31.C33F54 2009

Fuoco, Gina Dal. Rachel Carson: renowned marine biologist and environmentalist. Mankato, MN, Compass Point Books, c2009. 40 p.
   Bibliography: p. 38.
   QH31.C33F86 2009

Gogerly, Liz. Dian Fossey. Austin, Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, c2003. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 47.
   QL31.F65G64 2003

Gogerly, Liz. Marie Curie. Austin, Raintree Steck-Vaughn, c2001. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 47.
   QD22.C8G54 2001

Jackson, Donna M. Cave woman Hazel Barton: mining microbes. In Extreme scientists. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009. p. 28-45.
   Q147.J33 2009

Jankowski, Connie. Jane Goodall: primatologist and animal activist. Mankato, MN, Compass Point Books, c2009. 40 p.
   QL31.G58J35 2009

Johnson, Dolores. She dared to fly: Bessie Coleman. New York, Benchmark Books, c1997. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 45-46.
   TL540.C646J63 1997

Johnson, Rebecca L. Sylvia Earle: protecting the seas. Washington, National Geographic Society, c2002. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 30.
   QH91.3.E2J64 2002

Matthews, Tom L. Light shining through the mist: a photobiography of Dian Fossey. Washington, National Geographic Society, c1998. 64 p.
   Bibliography: p. 62-63.
   QL31.F65M38 1998

Raatma, Lucia. Amelia Earhart. Milwaukee, WI, World Almanac Library, c2001. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 46
   TL540.E3R32 2001

Reichard, Susan E. Who on earth is Sylvia Earle?: undersea explorer of the ocean. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow, c2010. 112 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QH91.3.E2R45 2009

Santella, Andrew. Marie Curie. Milwaukee, WI, World Almanac, 2001. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 46.
   QD22.C8S26 2001

Sokoloff, Myka-Lynne. The mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Cambridge, Educators Pub. Service, c2006. 32 p.
   TL540.E3S65 2006

Steele, Philip. Marie Curie: the woman who changed the course of science. Washington, National Geographic, 2006. 64 p.
   Bibliography: p. 62.
   QD22.C8S77 2006

Tanaka, Shelley. Amelia Earhart: the legend of the lost aviator. Illustrated by David Craig. New York, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 46-47.
   TL540.E3T36 2008


Middle (III)

Baker, Beth. Sylvia Earle. Minneapolis, Lerner Publications Company, c2006. 112 p.
   Bibliography: p. 104-108.
   QH91.3.E2B33 2006

Barron, Rachel. Lise Meitner: discoverer of nuclear fission. Greensboro, NC, Morgan Reynolds, c2000. 112 p.
   Bibliography: p. 107.
   QC774.M4B37 2000

Birch, Beverley. Marie Curie: courageous pioneer in the study of radioactivity. Woodbridge, CT, Blackbirch Press, c2000. 64 p.
   Bibliography: p. 62.
   QD22.C8B57 2000

Brown, Marion Marsh. Homeward the arrow’s flight: the story of Susan La Flesche (Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte). Rev. ed. Illustrated by Ronald E. Lukesh. Grand Island, NE, Field Mouse Productions, c1995. 185 p.
   Bibliography: p. 179.
   R154.P53B76 1995

Borzendowski, Janice. Marie Curie: mother of modern physics. New York, Sterling Pub., c2009. 124 p.
   Bibliography: p. 119-122.
   QD22.C8B67 2009

Cobb, Vicki. Marie Curie. New York, DK Publishing, 2008. 128 p.
   Bibliography: p. 124.
   QD22.C8C598 2008

Gelletly, LeeAnne. Mae Jemison. Philadelphia, Chelsea House Publishers, c2002. 110 p.
   Bibliography: p. 103-105.
   TL789.85.J46G45 2002

Goodall, Jane. My life with the chimpanzees. Rev. ed. New York, Pocket Books, c1996. 156 p.
   QL31.G58A3 1996b

Hasday, Judy L. Ellen Ochoa. New York, Chelsea House Publishers, c2007. 106 p.
   Bibliography: p. 99-101.
   TL789.85.O25H37 2007

Koestler-Grack, Rachel A. Marie Curie: scientist. New York, Chelsea House, c2009. 136 p.
   Bibliography: p. 127-131.
   QD22.C8K65 2009

Micklos, John. Unsolved: what really happened to Amelia Earhart? Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow, c2006. 144 p.
   Bibliography: p. 124-138.
   TL540.E3M53 2006

Netzley, Patricia D. The disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Detroit, Lucent Books, c2005. 112 p.    Bibliography: p. 102-105.
   TL540.E3N47 2005

Orr, Tamra. Sally Ride: the first American woman in space. New York, Rosen Pub. Group, 2004. 112 p.    Bibliography: p. 106-108.
   TL789.85.R53O77 2004

Pettit, Jayne. Jane Goodall: pioneer researcher. New York, F. Watts, c1999. 128 p.    Bibliography: p. 121-122.
   QL31.G58P48 1999

Piddock, Charles. Rachel Carson: a voice for the natural world. Pleasantville, NY, Gareth Stevens Pub., 2009. 112 p.
   Bibliography: p. 106-108.
   QH31.C33P53 2009

Plantz, Connie. Bessie Coleman: first black woman pilot. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, 2001. 128 p.
   Bibliography: p. 124.
   TL540.C646P58 2001

Stone, Tanya Lee. Amelia Earhart. London, New York, DK Publishing, c2007. 128 p.    Bibliography: p. 124.
   TL540.E3S746 2007


Advanced Middle & High School (IV)

Fara, Patricia. Scientists anonymous: great stories of women in science. Cambridge, UK, Icon Books Ltd., 2005. 213 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   In process 07-23-10

Jemison, Mae. Find where the wind goes: moments from my life. New York, Scholastic, 2001. 196 p.
   TL789.85.J46J45 2001

Johnson, George. Miss Leavitt’s stars: the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universe. New York, W. W. Norton, c2005. 162 p.
   Bibliography: p. 149-150.
   QB807.J64 2005

Tent, M. B. W. Emmy Noether: the mother of modern algebra. Wellesley, MA, A. K. Peters, c2008. 177 p.
   QA29.N6T46 2008


Selected Series

Great minds of science. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers.
   Include bibliographical references.
   Reading level: middle (III)

Gow, Mary. Rachel Carson: ecologist and activist. c2005. 128 p.
   QH31.C33A42 2005

Hamilton, Janet. Lise Meitner: pioneer of nuclear fission. c2002. 128 p.
   QC774.M4H35 2002

Pasachoff, Naomi E. Barbara McClintock: genius of genetics. c2006. 128 p.
   QH437.5.M38P37 2006

Poynter, Margaret. Marie Curie: discoverer of radium. c2008. 112 p.
   QD22.C8P69 2008

Ross, Michael Elsohn. Naturalist’s apprentice. Minneapolis, Carolrhoda Books.
   Include bibliographical references.
   Reading level: intermediate (II)

Bird watching with Margaret Morse Nice. c1997. 48 p.
   QL677.5.R65 1997

Fish watching with Eugenie Clark. 2000. 48 p.
   QH31.C54R67 2000

Pond watching with Ann Morgan. 2000. 48 p.
   QL31.M775R67 2000

Women hall of famers in mathematics and science. New York, Rosen Publishing Group.
   Include bibliographical references.
   Reading level: middle (III)

Alagna, Magdalena. Mae Jemison: the first African American woman in space. c2004. 112 p.
   TL789.85.J46A43 2004

Cooperman, Stephanie. Chien-Shiung Wu: pioneering physicist and atomic researcher. c2004. 112 p.
   QC16.W785C66 2003

MacBain-Stephens, Jennifer. Gertrude Elion: Nobel prize winner in physiology and medicine. 2004. 112 p.
   RM62.E43M33 2003

Marx, Christy. Grace Hopper: the first woman to program the first computer in the United States. 2002. 112 p.
   QA76.2.H67M37 2002

White, Katherine. Sylvia Earle: deep sea explorer and ocean activist. 2004. 112 p.
   QH91.3.E2W58 2004

Women in science. Philadelphia, Chelsea House Publishers.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Reading level: middle (III)

Anderson, Dale. Maria Mitchell, astronomer. c2003. 110 p.
   QB36.M7A64 2003

Cullen, J. Heather. Barbara McClintock. c2003. 122 p.
   QH437.5.M38C855 2003

Ferry, Joseph. Maria Goeppert Mayer. c2003. 110 p.
   QC16.M474F47 2003

Kozleski, Lisa. Jane Goodall. c2003. 116 p.
   QL31.G58K69 2003

Nicholson, Lois. Dian Fossey: primatologist. c2003. 120 p.
   QL31.F65N53 2003

Tremblay, E. A. Rachel Carson: author/ecologist. c2003. 118 p.
   QH31.C33T74 2003

Women’s adventures in science. New York, Franklin Watts; Washington, Joseph Henry Press.
   Include bibliographical references.
   Reading level: middle (III)

Bortz, Alfred B. Beyond Jupiter: the story of planetary astronomer Heidi Hammel. c2005. 110 p.
   RQB36.H36B67 2005

Brown, Jordan. Robo world: the story of robot designer Cynthia Breazeal. 2005. 108 p.
   RTJ211.B699 2005

Glimm, Adele. Gene hunter: the story of neuropsychologist Nancy Wexler. c2005. 118 p.
   RRC394.H85G556 2005

Hopping, Lorraine Jean. Space rocks: the story of planetary geologist Adriana Ocampo. 2005. 118 p.
   RQB454.2.O23H67 2005

O’Connell, Diane. Strong force: the story of physicist Shirley Ann Jackson. c2005. 110 p.
   RQC16.J33O36 2005

Parks, Deborah A. Nature’s machines: the story of biomechanist Mimi Koehl. 2005. 118 p.
   RQH31.K62P37 2005

Skelton, Renee. Forecast earth: the story of climate scientist Inez Fung. c2005. 116 p.
   RQC858.F86S54 2005


For More Information

Check out the Library of Congress’s other guides:
   Girls and Science Education: How to Engage Girls in Science
   Women and Minorities in Science and Technology
   African-American Women in the Sciences and Related Disciplines

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