Hidden Figures: What to Read While You Wait

If you are on the holds list for Hidden Figures, don’t despair! We have plenty of other great (and available) books to tide you over.

If you are interested in women who advanced our knowledge of and experience with outer space, pick up one of these.

  • Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
  • The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel
  • Rise of the Rocket Girls: Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
  • Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist by Mary Sherman Morgan
  • Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, an Gravity-Breaking Adventures by Karen Bush Gibson

If you want to read stories about innovative women who are trailblazers in other sciences, law, medicine and more, try one of these books.

If you’d like more suggestions, remember you can always ask for us to create a custom list for you by filling out our What Do I Read Next? form.

Star Light, Star Bright

Spring Astronomy Week is May 9 to 16 and is a great time to learn more about the stars. These free apps and websites can help you get started exploring the universe.


Includes over 14,000 images, links to NASA videos on demand, and the latest news and feature stories. Follow current NASA missions or download amazing photos for backgrounds or wallpaper. And much more!
(iOS, Android)

Space images appSpace Images by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology

Because you can never have enough incredible photos from outer space. The images are available for download and use as background and wallpaper on your device.
(iOS, Android)

Night Sky LiteNight Sky Lite by iCandi Apps

With this app, you can simply point your phone at the sky to identify stars, planets, and constellations. In addition to an immersive Sky View, the app includes a 3D Earth View, World Traveler Mode, and stargazing graphs with updates on local stargazing conditions. It can also help you connect with other stargazers and astronomers to shares tips and observations.
(iOS, Android)

Galaxy ZooGalaxy Zoo, a Zooniverse Project

Galaxy Zoo lets you be part of a real scientific study of galaxies. It is a citizen science project sponsored by Zooniverse. Since 2007, thousands of ordinary people have logged on to the website, or used the app to submit millions of classifications based on pictures of galaxies. Data collected by Galaxy Zoo has contributed to more than 40 professional publications. You, too, can be part this real-life science project!
(iOS, Android)