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1.   A Picture Book of George Washington Carver
David A. Adler (Author), Dan Brown (Illustrator)
A brief biography of the African-American scientist who overcame tremendous hardships to make important discoveries in the field of agriculture.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
2.   Adventurous Spirit: A Story about Ellen Swallow Richards
Jennifer Hagerman (Illustrator), Ethlie Ann Vare (Author)
Ellen Swallow Richards was the first professional woman chemist. This book talks about her career, her youth and her contributions as an infamous environmentalist.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
3.   Ellen Ochoa: First Latina Astronaut
Lila Guzman (Author), Rick Guzman (Author)
Part of the Famous Latinos series, this easy-to-read biography describes the life of the first Hispanic woman in space. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Ochoa excelled in school and went on to be an electrical engineer, inventor and pilot, but dreamed of being an astronaut. Ochoa pursued her goal, even after being turned down twice by NASA, and was accepted into the space program in 1990. Using simple text, numerous photographs, a timeline and glossary, the authors describe Ochoa’s training and experiences as an astronaut. The book is also available in a Spanish language edition, Ellen Ochoa: La Primera Astronauta Latina.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
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