Books for International Day of Women and Girls in Science

By Coll Rowe | February 9 2024 | Science

For International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11th, we are sharing books about women who have influenced and contributed to the STEM fields, that we hope will inspire students to explore scientific learning.

Find our full collection of titles here:

Women and Girls in Science

Broad Band
The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet
If you loved Hidden Figures or The Rise of the Rocket Girls, you'll love Claire Evans' breakthrough book on the women who brought you the internet—written out of history, until now.
$16.00 US
Jul 07, 2020
288 Pages

The Climate Book
The Facts and the Solutions
The instant NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, now updated for 2024We still have time to change the world. From Greta Thunberg, the world's leading climate activist, comes the essential handbook for making it happen.
$20.00 US
Feb 13, 2024
464 Pages
Penguin Books

The Story of More (Adapted for Young Adults)
How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here
This young adult adaptation of acclaimed geochemist and geobiologist Hope Jahren's highly respected nonfiction work is the perfect book for those interested in learning about climate change and how they can contribute to creating a more sustainable future.
$11.99 US
Oct 04, 2022
208 Pages

Girls Who Green the World
Thirty-Four Rebel Women Out to Save Our Planet
Part biography, part guidebook to the contemporary environmental movement, this book is the perfect gift for future and current activists and changemakers! Girls Who Green the World features the inspiring stories of 34 revolutionaries fighting for our future!
$19.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
336 Pages
Delacorte Press

Girls Who Code
Learn to Code and Change the World
$11.99 US
Aug 14, 2018
192 Pages
Puffin Books

Taking on the Plastics Crisis
"Taking on the Plastics Crisis delivers straightforward advise for getting involved in the global movement to eliminate single-use plastics." -- Booklist, Starred Review"Brief yet inspirational, this story will galvanize youth to use their voices for change."--Kirkus Reviews"Taking on the Plastics Crisis is a sobering and inspiring read by a brilliant young change maker. Now is the time for all of us to come together to solve the plastic pollution crisis."--Ed Begley Jr. (actor and environmental activist)In this personal, moving essay, youth activist Hannah Testa shares with readers how she led a grassroots political campaign to successfully pass state legislation limiting single-use plastics and how she influenced global businesses to adopt more sustainable practices. Through her personal journey, readers can learn how they, too, can follow in Hannah's footsteps and lower their carbon footprint by simply refusing single-use plastics.
$8.99 US
Oct 13, 2020
64 Pages
Penguin Workshop

Breaking Through
My Life in Science
A story of perseverance and the power of convictions from the groundbreaking immigrant scientist whose decades-long research led to the COVID-19 vaccines
$28.99 US
Oct 10, 2023
336 Pages

DK Life Stories Marie Curie
Explore the incredible life and career of Nobel prize-winning scientist Marie Curie in this children’s biography.
$6.99 US
Mar 15, 2022
128 Pages
DK Children

The Woman All Spies Fear
Code Breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Hidden Life
For fans of Hidden Figures here is a story about an American woman who pioneered codebreaking in WWI and WWII but was only recently recognized for her extraordinary contributions. A YALSA EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION FINALIST • A KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
$19.99 US
Oct 26, 2021
336 Pages
Random House Studio

The Plant Hunter
A Scientist's Quest for Nature's Next Medicines
A leading medical ethnobotanist tells us her story in this uplifting and adventure-filled memoir that illuminates how the path forward for medical discovery may be found in nature’s oldest remedies. 
$18.00 US
Jun 14, 2022
384 Pages
Penguin Books

Handprints on Hubble
An Astronaut's Story of Invention
The first American woman to walk in space recounts her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the 30-year-old Hubble Space Telescope.
$17.95 US
Dec 01, 2020
304 Pages
The MIT Press

Finding the Mother Tree
Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery.
$18.00 US
Jun 21, 2022
384 Pages

Life on Other Planets
A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe
A stunning and inspiring memoir charting a life as an astronomer, classically-trained actor, mother, and Black woman in STEM, searching for life in the universe while building a meaningful life here on Earth
$28.00 US
Jul 11, 2023
352 Pages

Her Space, Her Time
How Trailblazing Women Scientists Decoded the Hidden Universe
An exciting new title in the vein of Hidden Figures, which tells the inspiring stories of long-overlooked women physicists and astronomers who discovered the fundamental rules of the universe and reshaped the rules of society.
$29.95 US
Oct 17, 2023
272 Pages
The MIT Press

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
The authoritative story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves—by an eminent theoretical astrophysicist and award-winning writer.
$18.00 US
Apr 18, 2017
256 Pages