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10 Books to Help Children Celebrate Diversity in STEM

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At the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, we believe every child can invent. Every child can unlock their creativity, stretch their imagination, dream up solutions and make their mark on the world. As we keep this belief at the heart of our work in supporting inclusive and empowering learning environments through our education programs, we also recognize the ongoing gaps in diversity among STEM fields.   

To support greater diversity in these fields, it’s essential that we all help the next generation of innovators to see both themselves and others as capable creators, guiding them to be respectful of each other’s differences and receptive to each other’s ideas.  

One simple way to do this is to diversify children’s bookshelves. All children benefit from reading stories that prioritize representation across race, gender, ability and experience. For a great place to start, we’ve compiled a list of 10 inspiring books that focus on Black innovators, from stories of world-changing inventors to imaginative STEM adventures starring young children.  

  • “Abby Invents Unbreakable Crayons” by Arlyne Simon  
    This encouraging story follows young Abby’s innovative journey, demonstrating how inventors must follow their curiosity, be persistent to overcome obstacles and think creatively to develop solutions. Children will also enjoy the activity page at the end of this book.   

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