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In honor of African American History Month, here are a few great STEM books that highlight African American characters and their contributions. (Many thanks to Joan Chadde at Michigan Technological University for this great list!)

The STEAM Chasers: We Made That

By Doresa A. Jennings (2019)

What seemed an ordinary homework assignment turned into a life changing adventure for Shar, Terrence, Ebony, Akiya, Marcus, and Chase as they take a scavenger hunt through town finding the contributions Black Americans have had to our everyday lives in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. This is a 3-book series! For ages 8-12.


Black Women in Science: A Black History Book for Kids

By, Kimberly Brown Pellum (2019)

This book features fifteen powerful stories of fearless female scientists that advanced their STEM fields and fought to build a legacy. Through the triumphs of these amazing women, you’ll find remarkable role models. Ages 9-12.

What Color Is My World?

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2012)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, champions a lineup of little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book. Here is a tribute to black inventors whose ingenuity and perseverance against great odds made our world safer, better, and brighter. Ages 8-12


What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z

By, Tiffany Teachey (2020)

An inspiring and easy-to-read alphabet picture book that teaches our next generation about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. The book provides colorful illustrations of six diverse children representing various STEM careers (i.e. astronauts, doctors, scientists, engineers, etc.) to help children (5 to 8 years old) see themselves in one of the STEM careers, and motivate them to shape the future through STEM. Ages 5-8.


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