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Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History

Written by Penny Le Couteur, Ph.D. and Jay Burreson, Ph.D. Napoleon’s Buttons is the fascinating account of seventeen groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration, and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. The molecules resulted in grand feats of engineering and [...]

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Written by Ben Carson M.D. with Cecil Murphey The story of Ben Carson, M.D. will inspire readers as they watch an inner-city youngster rise to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Dr. Benjamin Carson is a professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology, and pediatrics, and the director of pediatric neurosurgery at [...]

Black women scientists in the United States

Written by Wini Warren, Indiana University Press The reference guide by Wini Warren, illuminates the struggles, strategies, and triumphs of Black women scientists This pathbreaking book goes beyond the lip-service traditionally paid to Black women scientists and illuminates their scientific contributions, struggles, strategies, and triumphs. Drawn heavily from primary sources, Warren’s original reference guide includes [...]

Careers in Science and Engineering: A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond

Written by National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine Careers in Science and Engineering offers guidance to students on planning careers–particularly careers in nonacademic settings–and discusses how to obtain the education and skills necessary to attain their career goals. Profiles of science and engineering professionals illustrate a variety of career [...]

High Tech Hot Shots: Careers in Sports Engineering

Written by Celeste Baine Consider this book a gateway, as it presents possibilities that might not have been imagined. Explore what types of engineers are involved in over a dozen sports, from “Extreme” sports like skateboarding to more traditional sports like tennis and get advice from engineers about how to succeed as a sports engineer. [...]

The Musical Engineer: A Music Enthusiast’s Guide to Careers in Engineering and Technology

Written by Celeste Baine At last, a book for every student that loves music. Written for middle school, high school and pre-engineering college students, this book compiles resources, information and stories of engineers who work passionately in the music industry to design new and improved products for music enjoyment. Motivation to develop your skills, imagination [...]

The Fantastical Engineer: A Thrillseeker’s Guide to Careers in Theme Park Engineering

Written by Celeste Baine At last, a book for every student that has wanted to become an imagineer. High school and college students will appreciate this book about the engineers that design today’s themed entertainment. Covers not only engineering/imagineering at Disney but imagineering at 200+ companies that design themed attractions. From model-making to architecture to [...]

Is There an Engineer Inside You? A Comprehensive Guide to Career Decisions in Engineering

Written by Celeste Baine   Ideas in Action: A Girl’s Guide to Careers in Engineering is for girls that want to work with people, help solve climate problems, save the world, or be part of the movement that makes a difference in the world. This inspirational booklet introduces many different types of engineering to middle [...]

Dream Walker: A Journey of Achievement and Inspiration

Written by Bernard Harris A role model for today’s inner-city youth, Dr. Harris is a medical doctor trained at the Mayo Clinic; a pilot and flight surgeon; a former NASA scientist and astronaut; the founder and managing director of a successful venture capital firm; and the founder and president of the Harris Foundation, an organization [...]

The House of the Scorpion

Written by Nancy Farmer Between the U.S.A. and Aztlán (once called Mexico) lies a strip of land, known as Opium, the name of its chief product. It is ruled by a 146-year-old drug lord known as El Patrón. His fields are tilled by illegal immigrants, called “eejits,” who have computer chips implanted in their brains [...]

Find Where The Wind Goes Moments from My Life

Written by Mae Jemison From a Chicago inner-city school, to outer space as the first black woman astronaut, Mae has always reached for the stars. Let her tell you how she finally got there. Mae Jemison decided what she wanted to be when she was five years old in 1961. “I’m going to be a [...]

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebbeca Skloot Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are [...]

Science matters: Achieving scientific literacy

Written by Hazen, R.M., & Trefil, J. With an easy-to-read style, the authors offer 18 chapters dedicated to chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, biology, etc., with the goal of helping readers comprehend more complex scientific principles without having to have a background in the discipline. Knowledge of the basic ideas and principles of science is fundamental [...]


Diverse Millennial Students in College: Implications for Faculty and Student Affairs

Edited by Fred A. Bonner II , Aretha F. Marbley , Mary F. Howard Hamilton While many institutions have developed policies to address the myriad needs of Millennial college students and their parents, inherent in many of these initiatives is the underlying assumption that this student population is a homogeneous group. This book is significant [...]

Academically Gifted African American Male College Students

By Fred A. Bonner II The first-ever study of African American giftedness at the collegiate level, focusing on two extraordinary case studies. Less than ten percent of the nation’s higher education studies in gifted programs focus on African American populations, and less than half of those studies focus on African American males. In addition, only [...]

Building Mathematics Learning Communities

By Erica N. Walker Drawing on perceptions, behaviors, and experiences of students at an urban high school—both high and low achievers—this timely book demonstrates how urban youth can be meaningfully engaged in learning mathematics. The author presents a “potential” model rather than a “deficit” model, complete with teaching strategies and best practices for teaching mathematics [...]

African American Students in Urban Schools: Critical Issues and Solutions for Achievement

By James L. Moore III, Chance W. Lewis African American Students in Urban Schools offers readers a critical yet comprehensive examination of the issues affecting African American students’ outcomes in urban school systems and beyond. Across disciplines including teacher education, school counseling, school psychology, gifted education, career and technical education, higher education, and more, chapters [...]

Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

By Alan Bradley Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950—and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia’s family calls home. A dead bird [...]

Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males

By Freeman A. Hrabowski, Kenneth I. Maton, and Geoffrey L. Greif Hrabowski leads a trio of University of Maryland scholars who describe their institution’s science program to enhance the higher educational prospects of high-school-age black American men. (Hrabowski writes that his group is working in a comparable program for young black females.) The cornerstone of [...]

Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women

By Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Kenneth I. Maton, Monica L. Greene, and Geoffrey Greif This book follows up on Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males (1998), this time focusing on young black women who have successfully completed a special course of science and technology at the University of Maryland. While noting the [...]

Unheralded but Unbowed

By Garland L Thompson “Unheralded but Unbowed” is a history, written out of the author’s long involvement with the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards contest sponsored by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine. Thompson, a technology pro-turned journalist, has sat on the Selection Panel for these awards for a quarter of a [...]

The Ph.D. Process: A Student’s Guide to Graduate School in the Sciences, Oxford University Press

Written by Dale F. Bloom, Jonathan D. Karp & Nicholas Cohen The Ph.D. Process offers the essential guidance that students in the biological and physical sciences need to get the most out of their years in graduate school. Drawing upon the insights of numerous current and former graduate students, this book presents a rich portrayal [...]

Graduate Research: A Guide for Students in the Sciences, University of Washington Press

Written by Robert V. Smith Many students find the prospect of entering graduate school a significant and daunting experience. Dr. Robert V. Smith, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Washington State University, will help ease the way. The second edition of his highly acclaimed guide is designed to help graduate [...]

Ideas in Action: A Girl’s Guide to Careers in Engineering

Written by Celeste Baine Ideas in Action: A Girl’s Guide to Careers in Engineering is for girls that want to work with people, help solve climate problems, save the world, or be part of the movement that makes a difference in the world. This inspirational booklet introduces many different types of engineering to middle and [...]

Engineers Make a Difference: Motivating Students to Pursue An Engineering Education

Written by Celeste Baine Engineers Make a Difference is about “showing the color” of engineering and, as a result, capturing students’ passion, imagination, curiosity and dreams; to inspire them to create a life of abundance, meaning and satisfaction from such a pursuit. It’s about finding ways to attract diversity in traditionally white, male-dominated fields, and [...]

Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future

Written by Michael Reisman In a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is readily available, U.S. advantages in the marketplace and in science and technology have begun to erode. A comprehensive and coordinated federal effort is urgently needed to bolster U.S. competitiveness and pre-eminence in these areas. This congressionally requested report by [...]

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

Written by Harriet A. Washington Publishers Weekly praised Washington as “a great storyteller,” and named Medical Apartheid one of the best books of 2006, finding it, “even at its most distressing, compulsively readable.” PW, Kirkus and Booklist each honored the book with starred reviews, and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association bestowed its [...]

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Written by Steven Johnson Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson The book is built around dozens of stories from the history of scientific, technological and cultural innovation: how Darwin’s “eureka moment” about natural selection turned out to be a myth; how Brian Eno invented a new musical convention [...]

Mathematics Success and Failure Among African-American Youth: The Roles of Sociohistorical Context, Community Forces, School Influence, and Individual Agency

Written by Danny Bernard Martin, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000 No matter how mathematics achievement and persistence are measured, African Americans seem to lag behind their peers. This state of affairs is typically explained in terms of student ability, family background, differential treatment by teachers, and biased curricula. But what can explain disproportionately poor performance and [...]

What’s math got to do with it?

How parents and teachers can help children learn to love their least favorite subject. Written by Boaler, J. The author summarizes methodology and strategies for increasing young students involvement and acceleration in mathematics. She offers a broad range of activities, exercises and advice for educators and parents The United States is rapidly falling behind the [...]

Young Readers 8-13

Simon Bloom: The Octopus Effect

Written by Michael Reisman Some of you may have seen the earlier cover for The Octopus Effect, but don’t be fooled – you want the one with Simon’s legs kicking deep, deep. Book 2 of the Simon Bloom series takes place 5 months after The Gravity Keeper ended. Simon Bloom, Owen and Alysha are enjoying [...]

What Technology Wants

Written by Kevin Kelly The United States is rapidly falling behind the rest of the developed world in terms of math education, and the future of our economy depends on the quality of teaching that our children receive today. A recent assessment of mathematics performance around the world ranked the U.S. twenty-eighth out of forty [...]

Young Readers

All the Right Moves: The Najee McGreen Story

By Ron Berman Meet 18-year-old Najee McGreen, born and raised in Brooklyn, in New York City. Najee has dreams of doing big things in the world … BIG things. Is he a chart-topping rapper, a famous athlete, or a movie star? Nope. But he is living proof that with education, determination, and a willingness to [...]

How to Help Parents and Kids Get Over the Fear of Math

By Saundra Carter This book is a reference tool that describes time saving techniques, addresses areas of math that students find most difficult, and shares different ways of explaining problems that many students find challenging. Parents and students can relate to the problem areas presented in this book. Lessons are presented with real world examples [...]

Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists

Written by Lynda Jones, Illustrated by Ron Garnett This biography series follows the lives of five great scientists: Susan McKinney Steward, George Washington Carver, Ernest Everett Just, Percy Lavon Julian, and Shirley Ann Jackson. These inspiring chapter-book biographies follow the lives of some of the most influential and talented African- Americans, detailing the obstacles they [...]

Great Black Heroes: Five Notable Inventors

Written by Wade Hudson, Illustrated by Ron Garnett This biography series follows the lives of five great inventors: Madam C.J. Walker, Garrett A. Morgan, Jan Ernst Matzeliger, Granville T. Woods and Elijah McCoy. These inspiring chapter-book biographies follow the lives of some of the most influential and talented African-Americans, detailing the obstacles they overcame and [...]

Great Black Heroes: Five Brave Explorers

Written by Wade Hudson, Illustrated by Ron Garnett This biography series follows the lives of five brave explorers: Dr. Mae Jemison, Matthew Henson, Jean DuSable, James Beckwourth and Esteban Dorantes. These inspiring chapter-book biographies follow the lives of some of the most influential and talented African-Americans, detailing the obstacles they overcame and their great accomplishments. [...]

George Washington Carver: The Genius Behind the Peanut

By Camilla J. Wilson George Washington Carver: The Genius Behind the Peanut, is a biography about the scientist George Washington Carver. The book explains Carver’s life in chronological order. His mother was a slave owned by Moses Carver. Carver would have normally worked in the fields but he was so sickly that he helped out [...]

Black Pioneers of Science and Invention

Written by Dr. 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 Norbert Rillieux, Elijah McCoy, Lewis Howard Latimer, Lloyd A. Hall, Louis Tompkins Wright, and others have made jobs easier, saved countless lives, and in many cases, [...]

Brainstorm! The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors

Written by Tom Tucker; Drawings by Richard Loehle Here are some of the incredible kid inventions you can read about in Brainstorm! Seventh-grader Vanessa Hess fabricated a scratch-covering car wax for a science assignment; seven- year-old Maurice Scales built a doorstop to prevent toddlers’ mashed fingers for a school-wide contest. Colored car wax (1991) The [...]

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

Written by John Fleischman Phineas Gage, a railroad construction foreman, was blasting rock near Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 when a thirteen-pound iron rod was shot through his brain. Miraculously, he survived to live another eleven years and become a textbook case in brain science. At the time, Phineas Gage seemed to recover completely from his [...]

Book of Black Heroes: Scientists, Healers, and Inventors (Book of Black Heroes)

Written by Wade Hudson   The highly anticipated third installment of the Book of Black Heroes series, Scientists, Healers, and Inventors spotlights African Americans who have made valuable contributions in the areas of science, medicine and creative invention. Reaching as far back as the 1700s to the trailblazing work of Benjamin Banneker, Scientists, Healers, and [...]

Honda: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars

Written by Mark Weston One day in 1914 when Soichiro Honda was seven years old, an astonishing, moving dust cloud appeared in his small Japanese town. The cause was a leaky, noisy automobile—the first the boy had ever seen. At that moment Honda fell in love with cars, and a dream took hold. He would [...]

We Beat The Streets

Written by Sampson Davis, Sharon Draper, Rameck Hunt, and George Jenkins As The Three Doctors traveled around, people kept urging them to write a book for children. WE BEAT THE STREET (April 2005) is just the book the doctors ordered. It is a book of life lessons demonstrated through experiences by The Three Doctors targeted [...]

The Toothpaste Millionaire

Written by Jean Merrill Likable, clever, and inventive sixth-graders Rufus Mayflower and Kate Mackinstrey develop and sell toothpaste to become millionaires in just one year! This fun, breezy story includes many real-life mathematical problems which the characters must solve to succeed in their budding business. Is it possible for an ordinary (well, maybe not so [...]

The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide

Written by Judy Galbraith Based on 1,000 new surveys with gifted kids, this book will continue to help countless bright, talented children know they”re not ”weird” or alone in the world. It answers their questions about what gifted is (and isn”t), how to cope with teasing, how to deal with high expectations and perfectionism, how [...]

Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper

Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper Written by Michael Reisman This is the story of Simon Bloom, an imaginative 11-year old boy who finds the wondrous Teacher’s Edition of Physics (or does it find him?), a Book that lets him control the laws of Physics. Simon and his friends, Owen and Alysha, have a great time [...]


Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (Children’s Edition)

Written by Gregg Lewis and Deborah Shaw Lewis   Buy Now Children’s Edition: Children will read how Ben Carson, an African-American, was able to accomplish his dream through faith and determination. In 1987, Dr. Benjamin Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of [...]

Gloria Rising

Written by Ann Cameron Gloria is thrilled when she goes to the store to buy an onion and meets Dr. Grace Street, an astronaut. It’s there that Dr. Street tells Gloria to have confidence in herself and that the big things aren’t always as big as they seem. But Gloria doesn’t really understand Dr. Street’s [...]

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