Best Teen & Young Adult Science & Technology Biographies Books
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1. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition
Author: by William Kamkwamba
Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village. When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba’s tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season’s crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell.
William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family’s life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William’s windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.
Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy’s brilliant idea can light up the world. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William’s story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.
2. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas
Author: by Jim Ottaviani
Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatologyand to our own understanding of ourselves.
Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century.
Thanks to the charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.
3. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography
Author: by Karen Blumenthal
A riveting biography of the groundbreaking innovator who was a giant in the worlds of computing, music, filmmaking, design, smart phones, and more. A finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award!”Your time is limited…. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Steve JobsFrom the start, his path was never predictable.
Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty, created Apple in his parents’ garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. Then came the core and hallmark of his geniushis exacting moderation for perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that pushed all boundaries.
A devoted husband, father, and Buddhist, he battled cancer for over a decade, became the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched, from the Macintosh to the iPhone, from iTunes and the iPod to the Macbook.
Critically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal takes us to the core of this complicated and legendary man while simultaneously exploring the evolution of computers. Framed by Jobs’ inspirational Stanford commencement speech and illustrated throughout with black and white photos, this is the story of the man who changed our world.
4. The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements (Young Readers Edition)
Author: by Sam Kean
A young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary stories behind one of the greatest scientific tools in existence: the periodic table. Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation?
And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The periodic table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it’s also a treasure trove of adventure, greed, betrayal, and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow elements on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.
Adapted for a middle grade audience, the young readers edition of The Disappearing Spoon offers the material in a simple, easy-to-follow format, with approximately 20 line drawings and sidebars throughout. Students, teachers, and burgeoning science buffs will love learning about the history behind the chemistry.
5. Black Pioneers of Science and Invention
Author: by Louis Haber
A readable, perceptive account of the lives of fourteen gifted innovators who have played important roles in scientific and industrial progress. The achievements of Benjamin Banneker, Granville T. Woods, George Washington Carver, and others have made jobs easier, saved countless lives, and in many cases, altered the course of history.
Includes a bibliography and an index.
6. The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh
Author: by Candace Fleming
Schwartz & Wade
WINNER OF THE 2021 YALSA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS! SIX STARRED REVIEWS! Discover the dark side of Charles Lindbergh-one of America’s most celebrated heroes and complicated men-in this riveting biography from the acclaimed author of The Family Romanov.
First human to cross the Atlantic via airplane; one of the first American media sensations; Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semite; loner whose baby was kidnapped and murdered; champion of Eugenics, the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding; tireless environmentalist.
Charles Lindbergh was all of the above and more. Here is a rich, multi-faceted, utterly spellbinding biography about an American hero who was also a deeply flawed man. In this time where values Lindbergh held, like white Nationalism and America First, are once again on the rise, The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh is essential reading for teens and history fanatics alike.
7. Galaxy Girls: 50 Amazing Stories of Women in Space
Author: by Libby Jackson
Filled with beautiful full-color illustrations, a groundbreaking compendium honoring the amazing true stories of fifty inspirational women who helped fuel some of the greatest achievements in space exploration from the nineteenth century to todayincluding Hidden Figure’s Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson as well as former NASA Chief Astronaut Peggy Whitson, the record-holding American biochemistry researcher who has spent the most cumulative time in space.
When Neil Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the lunar module, Eagle, he famously spoke of one small step for man. But Armstrong would not have reached the moon without the help of women. Today, females across the earth and above itastronauts and mathematicians, engineers and physicists, test pilots and aerospace psychophysiologistsare pushing the boundaries of human knowledge, helping us to understand the universe and our place in it.
Galaxy Girls celebrates more than four dozen extraordinary women from around the globe whose contributions have been fundamental to the story of humankind’s quest to reach the stars. From Ada Lovelace in the nineteenth century to the colored computers behind the Apollo missions, from the astronauts breaking records on the International Space Station to the scientific pioneers blazing the way to Mars, Galaxy Girls goes boldly where few books have gone before, celebrating this band of heroic sisters and their remarkable and often little known scientific achievements.
8. The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe
Author: by Stephon Alexander
A spectacular musical and scientific journey from the Bronx to the cosmic horizon that reveals the astonishing links between jazz, science, Einstein, and Coltrane More than fifty years ago, John Coltrane drew the twelve musical notes in a circle and connected them by straight lines, forming a five-pointed star.
Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane put physics and geometry at the core of his music. Physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander follows suit, using jazz to answer physics’ most vexing questions about the past and future of the universe. Following the great minds that first drew the links between music and physics-a list including Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim – The Jazz of Physics reveals that the ancient poetic idea of the Music of the Spheres,” taken seriously, clarifies confounding issues in physics.
The Jazz of Physics will fascinate and inspire anyone interested in the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself.
9. 100 Scientists Who Made History (100 in History)
Author: by Andrea Mills
From brainy biologists and clever chemists to magnificent mathematicians and phenomenal physicists. Discover 100 remarkable scientists who shaped our world. Containing a universe of knowledge, this amazing kids’ educational book tells the story of the extraordinary people who revolutionized our understanding of the world.
A stunning way for children to meet science’s most important people. Read through information-packed mini-biographies of 100 brilliant scientists and innovators who have shaped our society and how we see the world around us. A perfect “everything you want to know in one place” about the history of science for children aged 8-12.
Readers learn about discoveries that laid the groundwork for some of the most impressive innovations in history. Biologists, chemists, physicists, doctors, coders, and astronauts are all featured including Hippocrates, Da Vinci, Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more.
An attractive and engaging kids book that may inspire the next Einstein or Curie! Made for those always curious children and those who need encouragement to aspire to greatness and see the marvels of science. Put children inside the minds of scientific heroes through clever speech bubbles alongside portraits with first-person fun facts about their lives.
10. Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures (Women of Action)
Author: by Karen Gibson
When Valentina Tereshkova blasted off aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963, she became the first woman to rocket into space. It would be 19 years before another woman got a chancecosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982followed by American astronaut Sally Ride a year later.
By breaking the stratospheric ceiling, these women forged a path for many female astronauts, cosmonauts, and mission specialists to follow. Women in Space profiles 23 pioneers, including Eileen Collins, the first woman to command the space shuttle; Peggy Whitson, who logged more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station; and Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space; as well as astronauts from Japan, Canada, Italy, South Korea, France, and more.
Readers will also learn about the Mercury 13, American women selected by NASA in the late 1950s to train for spaceflight. Though they matched and sometimes surpassed their male counterparts in performance, they were ultimately denied the opportunity to head out to the launching pad.
Michael Faraday: Father of Electronics
Author: by Charles S. Ludwig Jr.
Charles Ludwig retells Michael Faraday’s remarkable life story in fictionalized form. Here is the father of the electric motor, the dynamo, the transformer, the generator. Few persons are aware of the brilliant man’s deep Christian convictions and his determination to live by the Sermon on the Mount.For ages 12 to 15.
12. Invention Stories: Tales from the Inventor
Author: by Robert J. Bear
June 3, 2021
It was that aha momentand it changed their lives forever. What sparks the inventor’s mind? Deborah Chester had a dream about two tornados hitting her house. Then it happened and she became homeless. Then her husband had a dream. In his dream, the idea for the Rim Pro-Tec came to him.
Now, they are millionaires.We all get hungry. Snacking can be serious business. Dan Ferrara hated the messy hands from finger foods, so he set out to do something about it.He created Trongs. They let you get your nom nom nom on without the mess.
And who knew there would be a market for spandex bodysuits? Colin Grussing figured it out and was a guest on Shark Tank with his invention Root Suit. When they asked if he had made any money, he said, Hell yeah.
In the previous year, 10,000 units sold for a profit of $104,000. Have you ever had an idea? Could it change the world? Where do you go first? What will be your invention journey? The following are stories of invention, written by their inventors, because their paths to success just may show you the way.
13. Mountains Beyond Mountains (Adapted for Young People): The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
Author: by Tracy Kidder
From Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Truck Full of Money, and adapted by Michael French comes this captivating and critically acclaimed young adult adaptation of the nonfiction edition of Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains, which tells the inspiring story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard-educated doctor with a self-proclaimed mission to transform healthcare on a global scale.
Farmer focuses his attention on some of the world’s most impoverished people and uses unconventional ways in which to provide healthcare, to achieve real results and save lives. From his humble beginnings and atypical childhood to his education at Harvard Medical School and on to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia, Farmer dedicated himself to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.” He sets an example of a life based on hope and understanding of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.
14. Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life
Author: by Dr. Mae Jemison
“The writing sings” says Publisher’s Weekly in this “inspiring autobiography.” Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, is truly a modern hero with a remarkable, inspirational story to tell. Mae Jemison made history as the first woman of color in space.
But she’s also taken center stage as an actress, scientist, doctor, and teacher-not to mention all of the “top ten” lists she’s made, including People’s 50 Most Beautiful People and the 1999 White House Project’s list of the seven women most likely to be elected President.
The adventures of her life make for a truly compelling read. To top it all, with her charming sense of humor, Mae is a remarkable storyteller. The variety and richness of Mae Jemison’s experiences will inspire every reader who picks up this book.
“One thing I was consistent about was testing limits-mine and other people’s-especially adults.” -Dr. Mae Jemison This second edition contains new content as well as sixteen, beautiful, black-and-white illustrations!
15. Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut's Story
Author: by Michael Collins
Based on the adult bestseller Carrying the FireIn time for the 50th anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon, this re-release of Michael Collins’s autobiography is a bold, sparkling testament to exploration and perseverance. In this captivating account, space traveler Collins recalls his early days as an Air Force test pilot, his training at NASA, and his unparalleled experiences in orbit, including the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar landing.
The final chapter to this autobiography is an exciting and convincing argument in favor of mankind’s continued exploration of our universe. Originally published in 1976 and updated for this new edition, including an introduction from astronaut Scott Kelly, Collins’s voice and message are sure to resonate with a new generation of readers.
16. The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World
Author: by Mike Winchell
The spellbinding true account of the scientific competition to light the world with electricity. In the mid-to-late-nineteenth century, a burgeoning science called electricity promised to shine new light on a rousing nation. Inventive and ambitious minds were hard at work.
Soon that spark was fanned, and a fiery war was under way to be the first to lightand runthe world with electricity. Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of direct current (DC), engaged in a brutal battle with Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse, the inventors of alternating current (AC).
There would be no ties in this raceonly a winner and a loser. The prize: a nationwide monopoly in electric current. Brimming with action, suspense, and rich historical and biographical information about these brilliant inventors, here is the rousing account of one of the world’s defining scientific competitions.
Christy Ottaviano Books