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BISAC Subject JNF007090

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology

A Head Full of Notions: A Story about Robert Fulton

Grade 4 - Grade 8

Robert Fulton was an American inventor born in 1765. Some of his accomplishments include designing some of the first submarines and designing the first commercially successful steamboat, the Clemont. Read More →

  • Lexile: 1080
  • ATOS: 6.8
  • Dewey: 623.8'24'092

A Hunger for Learning: A Story about Booker T. Washington

Grade 4 - Grade 8

When nine-year-old Booker T. Washington was finally freed from slavery, he soon discovered that freedom had a price, and that he had to work, and work hard, to make his way in the world… Read More →

  • ATOS: 5.9
  • Dewey: 370'.92

A Picture Book of George Washington Carver

Kindergarten - Grade 5

With an emphasis on his early life and the hardships he overcame, this informative biography offers a clear, authentic introduction to one of the country's most important scientists. Read More →

A Pocketful of Goobers: A Story about George Washington Carver

Grade 4 - Grade 8

There wasn't anything that George Washington Carver couldn't grow. He took the common goober--today's peanut--and created hundreds of useful products from it, turning goobers into a very… Read More →

  • Lexile: 740
  • ATOS: 5.0
  • Dewey: 630'.92'4

Aerospace Engineer Aprille Ericsson

Grade 2 - Grade 5

Have you ever built a cool science project? In middle school, Aprille Ericsson won second place in a science fair. She knew she wanted to keep creating amazing science projects. As an adult… Read More →

  • Lexile: 920
  • ATOS: 5.5
  • Dewey: 629.4092

Alexander Graham Bell

Grade 2 - Grade 4

Growing up, Alexander Graham Bell was fascinated with music, speech, and sounds. He worked hard to invent things that would not only help those with impaired hearing, but also bring people… Read More →

  • Lexile: 580
  • ATOS: 3.4
  • Dewey: 621.385'092

Alexander Graham Bell: A Life of Helpfulness

Kindergarten - Grade 3

An introduction to the life of Alexander Graham Bell and how he demonstrated the value of invention and the character trait of inventiveness throughout his life. Read More →

  • ATOS: 2.8
  • Dewey: 621.385092

Alternate Reality Game Designer Jane McGonigal

Grade 2 - Grade 5

Do you like the challenge and adventure of video games? As Jane McGonigal was growing up, she had fun playing early video games. As an adult, she saw games as an outlet for problem solving… Read More →

  • Lexile: 790
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Dewey: 794.8'1526

Animal Scientist and Activist Jane Goodall

Grade 2 - Grade 5

Do you enjoy visiting animals at the zoo or playing with pets? As a child, Jane Goodall loved watching and interacting with animals. As an adult, she became a scientist working with… Read More →

  • Lexile: 820
  • ATOS: 5.5
  • Dewey: 599.8092

Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson

Grade 5 - Grade 9

Through howling snowstorms and over treacherous sheets of ice, Matthew Henson and Robert Peary raced against other explorers and death itself to be the first to reach the North Pole. After… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1040
  • ATOS: 6.2
  • Dewey: 910'.92
Spring 2018

Astronaut and Physicist Sally Ride

Grade 2 - Grade 5

Have you ever dreamed of going to outer space? When Sally Ride was a little girl, she watched on TV as astronaut John Glenn launched into space. Twenty years later, she became the first… Read More →

  • Lexile: 910
  • ATOS: 5.6
  • Dewey: 629.45/0092 [B]

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa

Grade 2 - Grade 5

When Ellen Ochoa was young, male American astronauts walked on the moon. But girls were not allowed to be astronauts. Girls didn't often study science either--but Ochoa didn't let that stop… Read More →

  • Lexile: 840
  • ATOS: 5.5
  • Dewey: 629.450092 [B]

Astronaut Mae Jemison

Grade 2 - Grade 5

While watching Star Trek on television as a child, Mae Jemison was certain she would one day visit space. As an adult, she made this dream a reality when she became the first black female… Read More →

  • Lexile: 790
  • ATOS: 5.3
  • Dewey: 629.450092

Astrophysicist and Space Advocate Neil deGrasse Tyson

Grade 2 - Grade 5

Have you ever stared into the night sky, full of stars and planets? As a kid, Neil deGrasse Tyson was star-struck when he first visited a planetarium. The universe was calling him… Tyson pur Read More →

  • Lexile: 780
  • ATOS: 4.9
  • Dewey: 523.01092

Benjamin Banneker

Grade 3 - Grade 6

True or False? Benjamin Banneker used a telescope and mathematics to predict a solar eclipse. True! In 1789, Banneker calculated when the moon would pass between the earth and sun. And he did… Read More →

  • Lexile: 640
  • ATOS: 4.2
  • Dewey: 520.92

Benjamin Banneker: Pioneering Scientist

Grade 2 - Grade 4

Gazing up at the stars, Benjamin Banneker longed to understand how and why things worked as they did. In a time when most black Americans were slaves, Banneker lived a life of freedom and… Read More →

  • Lexile: 550
  • ATOS: 3.7
  • Dewey: 520'.92

Bessie Coleman: Daring to Fly

Grade 2 - Grade 4

High in the sky, Bessie Coleman could soar like a bird. She was free--at least until she landed. As a black woman in the 1920s, she wasn't allowed to learn how to fly. Forced to travel to… Read More →

  • Lexile: 590
  • ATOS: 3.5
  • Dewey: 629.13'092

Chocolate by Hershey: A Story about Milton S. Hershey

Grade 4 - Grade 8

Milton Hershey loved candy. As a boy, he saved his hard-earned pennies for the candy store. He soon discovered that he had a gift for making delicious treats and, after years of trying… Read More →

  • Lexile: 920
  • ATOS: 5.9
  • Dewey: 338.7'664153'092

Click!: A Story about George Eastman

Grade 4 - Grade 8

When George Eastman decided to make photography his hobby, "simple" was hardly the word to describe the pastime. He had to lug 50 pounds of camera equipment around with him, including the… Read More →

  • Lexile: 770
  • ATOS: 5.1
  • Dewey: 338.7'6177

Clyde Tombaugh and the Search for Planet X

Grade 2 - Grade 4

Twelve-year-old Clyde Tombaugh stepped up and took his first look through a telescope. Gazing at the moon, he was thrilled by the sight of its craters and valleys. What other mysteries were… Read More →

  • Lexile: 700
  • ATOS: 4.5
  • Dewey: 520'.92
Spring 2018

Code-Breaker and Mathematician Alan Turing

Grade 2 - Grade 5

Have you ever wished that you could do something heroic to help your country? When Alan Turing was a boy, he was fascinated by math and science. Later, Turing's math skills would help Great… Read More →

  • Lexile: 890
  • ATOS: 5.9
  • Dewey: 510.92 [B]

Computer Engineer Ruchi Sanghvi

Grade 2 - Grade 5

Have you ever scrolled through a news feed on Facebook? Ruchi Sanghvi helped design this and other Facebook features. She joined Facebook--then a small Silicon Valley startup company--after… Read More →

  • Lexile: 840
  • ATOS: 5.3
  • Dewey: 621.39092

Computer Scientist Jean Bartik

Grade 2 - Grade 5

Do you love solving problems with mathematics? So did groundbreaking computer programmer Jean Bartik. She turned her passion for math into a successful career in what was then a brand-new… Read More →

  • Lexile: 950
  • ATOS: 5.9
  • Dewey: 005.1092

Creative Minds Biographies

Series

Meet some of the world's most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures' lives. Each true story is… Read More →