2020 STEM Book Roundup

Written & Illustrated by:  See Individual Reviews Below For ages: Elementary & MG Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Women in STEM Activism Environmental Activism Trailblazers Since the end of this…eventful…year is upon us, I decided to make a roundup of some of my favorite books that came out this year in the STEM/Environmental category for…

Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

Written by: Bethany Hegedus, forward by Colin Johnson Illustrated by: Tonya Engel For ages: 7-10 years  Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Figure, Writer, Activism, Activist. Summary: This is an incredible and lyrical retelling of Maya Angelou’s life, I was hooked instantly upon opening the book.  The poetic words take the reader through the life of Maya from a young…

The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney

Written by: Alice B. McGinty Illustrated by: Elizabeth Haidle For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Space, Women in Science, Family, Historic Events, Historical Figures, Astronomy.  Summary:  Venetia is a young girl who lives in Britain with her mother and grandfather.  She is fascinated by space and the planets, memorizing facts about them and asking all…

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War

Written & Illustrated by: Duncan Tonatiuh For ages: 7-11 years Language: English & Spanish Topics Covered: Historical Events, Latinx, Mexican-American Culture, Historical Figure, POC-Centric Narratives, WWI, Activism, Activist, Own Voices. Summary: Luz was born in America, but his family was of Mexican descent.  He is teased for it, and sometimes gets in fights.  When Luz grows up he becomes a teacher…