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It’s National Inventors Day and we could not be more excited. We have so much love for folks working in STEM fields – and the students who are being total badasses in the classroom. Looking for a book recommendation for the STEM reader in your life? We have you covered!

 

Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

If you’ve never thought about the fact that Jet Propulsion Laboratory started as a few kids from CalTech and a love of explosions – or if you think about that literally all the time – this is the book for you. Rise of the Rocket Girls takes readers on a journey from those early days on the CalTech campus, to the 1977 launch of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, and beyond. It’s a deep dive into the female computers that JPL hired, and their struggle to be respected in a world of male engineers. And these women were doing work on par with and exceeding that of their male counterparts. It’s incredible – and frustrating!

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Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

When Mary Roach dives into a scientific issue, you know that she’s going to approach it with more humor than any one person should ever be able to contain. When it comes to Packing for Mars, her exploration of the world’s space agencies, no topic is too big or too small. She covers everything from gravity to toilet talk to the grueling process of becoming an astronaut. If you’re looking for a lofty look at space travel, grounded in pedestrian language and humor, this is the book for you.

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Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

And we can’t talk about STEM fields without looking at researchers who spend so much of their time in sterile labs, searching for answers to the universe. In Megan Abbott’s incredibly fictional and deeply fascinating Give Me Your Hand, a team of researchers, led by a magnetic scientist who will remind you a little of Coach Monica from CHEER, investigate the science of PMS. We won’t give away any more than that because there are so many incredible twists and turns – everything you would expect from Megan Abbott and more.

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Kid Scientists by David Stabler

If you’re looking for some STEM-centric reading for the young reader in your life, or simply looking for a survey of scientific discoveries, check out Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars by David Stabler. It’s a glimpse into the fascinating childhoods of some of our greatest scientific minds – folks like Ada Lovelace, Sally Ride, Jane Gooddall, George Washington Carver, and more!

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Danielle Mohlman

Danielle Mohlman is a playwright, bookworm, and library connoisseur. You can find her on Twitter and Tumblr. (She has a lot to say.) And on Instagram. (She never foodstagrams.) When she grows up, she wants to be Leslie Knope.

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