A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

October 16, 2019 - Comment

The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson–made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures–who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon!Katherine knew it was wrong that African Americans didn’t have the same rights as others–as wrong as 5+5=12. She knew it was wrong that people thought

The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson–made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures–who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon!
Katherine knew it was wrong that African Americans didn’t have the same rights as others–as wrong as 5+5=12. She knew it was wrong that people thought women could only be teachers or nurses–as wrong as 10-5=3. And she proved everyone wrong by zooming ahead of her classmates, starting college at fifteen, and eventually joining NASA, where her calculations helped pioneer America’s first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world’s first trip to the moon!
Award-winning author Suzanne Slade and debut artist Veronica Miller Jamison tell the story of a NASA “computer” in this smartly written, charmingly illustrated biography.

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Anonymous says:

Great Book for Brave Women I love the math and science in this book! I love how it tells the story of a brave woman, a pioneer in NASA! I love how it introduces kids to the idea of a parabola and sprinkles nerdy references to math throughout the book.My 7 year old daughter loved it, my husband recommends it to others, and my whole family is proud to add it to our bookshelf. This Hidden Figure has come to light, and we couldn’t be happier.Every teacher who values STEM should have this book!

Anonymous says:

It’s Just Perfect! I love the book and so does my son. The story is great and the illustrations are AMAZING AND SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I’ve purchased 2 and will purchase more soon as gifts! I love this book!

Anonymous says:

In LOVE with the Illustrations 😍 Wow. Just wow! I saw this book in the library at my kids’ school and I immediately wanted it. I absolutely LOVE the illustrations, from cover to cover. My dream is to have a personal library filled with books like this that showcase the contributions of African Americans. Great job to the author and artist and great to know that she’s a Howard University alum. #HiddenNoMore

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