My list of recommended standalone books featuring STEM-loving girls as main characters. The books vary greatly in word count, from 12k to 50K+, story complexity and main themes.
“Snow Place Like Home” is a great opener to the Diary of an Ice Princess series by Christina Soontornvat. This diverse chapter book nicely combines magic and science and explores such common themes as feeling different, coping with family pressures, and embracing what makes you special.
This list features great middle-grade book series that have STEM-loving girls as main characters. These are relatively long books, with quite complex storylines. They are perfect for kids ages 8-12.
The list is structured by wordcount, from 20K words up to 80K words.
My list of recommended STEM chapter books that feature girls as main characters. These are easy to read stories, which are perfect for ages 6-10. The list is structured by wordcount, from 3-5K words up to 15K words.
“The Friendship Code” by Stacia Deutsch is an entertaining story that teaches some of the basic principles of coding in a mystery-based format while touching upon such important themes as navigating friendships and solving problems.
“Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea” by Anna Humphrey is an engaging STEM-focused chapter book featuring adorable characters, crazy inventions, and thoughtful messages about competition, true friendship, and the power of cooperation.
“Rock Star”, the first book in the “Jada Jones” chapter book series by Kelly Starling Lyons, is a short and engaging story featuring a passionate main character, some facts about earth science, and great messages about patience, loss, kindness and friendship.
“Sophie Simon Solves Them All” by Lisa Graff is a humorous chapter book, which combines unique characters, scientific and philosophical concepts and the eternal struggle between parents and children about what the latter should like and do.
“Everyday Superheroes: Women in STEM Careers” by Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman is a non-fiction book, with full color illustrations, is meant to make kids, and especially girls, excited about STEM careers.
“The Fourteenth Goldfish” by Jennifer L. Holm is an exciting middle-grade chapter book, which wonderfully combines a great story and a ton of humor with some serious messages about ethical implications of science, the circle of life and importance of change.