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Chapter/Picture Book Feature: Black Girls and Science

I’m trying to find more diverse and #OwnVoices chapter to feature. This will be part of a series featuring different content. Today I’m focusing on books about black girls doing science.

Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows 

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A cute series that combines real science, magic, and friendship. Zoey is a scientist faced with magical problems. In the first book, Zoey and her cat Sassafras discover that injured magical animals have taken up residence in their backyard barn. Things get serious when they discovered an injured baby dragon, Marshmellow. Will they be able to use science to help figure out what’s wrong with their new friend?

The books use easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page making this book series perfect for a wide range of readers. Each book also includes an age appreciate glossary of the science terms used in the book.

Written By Asia Citro and Illustrated by Marion Lindsay.

Amazon: Zoey and Sassafras

Jada Jones: Rock Star

After her best friend moves away Jada feels lost at school. She feels much more at home out in nature looking for rocks for her collection. After all finding rocks is easier than finding friends. When Jada’s teacher announces their next project will be on rocks and minerals Jada finally feels like she’s found her element.

But problems come up when Jada’s partner doesn’t seem to like the same things Jada does. Not only that, but her partner doesn’t seem to like her much. Can Jada find a creative way to solve the situation and end up with a winning project and win a new friend in the process?

Written by Kelly Starling Lyons. Lyons is one of the founding members of the blog The Brown Bookshelf, which is aimed at young African-American readers. Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton who has received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Children’s.

Amazon: Jada Jones

Cece Loves Science

Cece is a budding scientist, her first experiment, along with the help of her best friend Issac is to find out, whether her dog Einstein will eat his vegetables. The first in a series.

Written by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes, and illustrated by NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Children’s award winner Vashti Harrison.

Amazon: Cece Loves Science

Ada Twist, Scientist

Ada is curious about everything. But sometimes her scientific experiments and elaborate scientific plans don’t go and planned. She must realize the power she has to think things through and remember how important it is to stay curious.

Written by Andrea Beaty, who is also the author of Rosie Revere: Engineer, and Iggy Peck: Architect

If you have ideas for what I should feature next about chapters and picture books. Just post a comment or send me a message via Twitter or IG.

Special thanks to 1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide

Image credit: Photo by Hans Reniers on Unsplash

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