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Women in Science and Technology - Booklist Review - November 2019

Women in Science and Technology - Booklist Review - November 2019

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Young readers receive a kid-friendly introduction to inspiring women in STEM fields with this picture-book biography series, Women in Science and Technology. Annie Easley focuses on Annie's love for math and how it led her work as a computer programmer. Also noted are her contributions to vehicles and energy, as well as the obstacles Annie overcame as one of the only African Americans in her field. In Grace Hopper, readers will follow Grace's knack for math as it takes her on a path to the Navy, where she became one of the most important computer programmers and worked with various computer languages. Katherine Johnson discusses Katherine's struggles while she pursued her talents in math and physics, as well as her important role at NASA as she calculated space flights and worked on the space shuttle. Mae C. Jemison follows Mae's journey to becoming an astronaut and bringing new technologies to Africa as a doctor. Bright, colorful illustrations depict the struggles, successes, and determination of each woman featured, with crisp, clear text and short sentences flowing easily from one page to the next, accompanied by larger, more colorful quotes from each of the women. Each book is appended with a time line, text-dependent questions, extension activities, and strategies for reading comprehension, making this series ideal for those building their reading skills.

— Selenia Paz, Booklist, November 2019

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