School Library Journal - Women Innovators
K-Gr 3–Labrecque provides slim biographies on familiar (Lovelace; Anderson) and less familiar (Mather; Brill) women inventors. Following a brief introduction to the topic science field, basic facts of the subject’s life and work are presented. Readers learn that Elion “made medicines that cured some types of cancer,” and Bath was “the first African American female doctor granted a patent for a medical invention.” The narratives conclude with information on the legacy of the invention and its contemporary relevance. At the end of each volume readers are invited to “think,” “create,” and “ask” so as to better understand the material. The narrative sufficiently relates facts while employing language appropriate to the intended audience. Photographs of the subjects and pictures of their inventions complement the texts, and while the narratives don’t delve deeply into the subjects’ lives, readers will find enough information to pique interest. VERDICT Better than average, this series is suitable for those looking to bolster STEM-related collections.