he bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American
mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted
in the film Hidden Figures.
You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon mission. But do
you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13
returned safely home?
As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to
count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and
spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious,
and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as
she could about math, about the universe.
From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, Counting on Katherine
is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated
the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous
contributions to history.
A Christy Ottaviano Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"A picture-book biography of a humble genius who excelled in a career once out of reach for most African-Americans. An excellent biography that will inspire young readers, especially girls, to do what they love."--Kirkus, STARRED review
"Children who want to share in the Hidden Figures buzz can start right here . . . Phumiruk’s digital artwork convincingly portrays Johnson as brainy and imaginative. This title is ready made for “My Hero” biography reports."--The Bulletin
"Featuring engaging text and captivating illustrations, this picture book introduces the amazing life of mathematician Katherine Johnson to young readers. Sure to inspire a new generation of mathematicians. A solid addition to biography collections."--School Library Journal
"The straightforward, informative text is paired with delicate, precise digital artwork. . . Very worthwhile book."--Booklist
"Phumiruk works in a crisp, uncluttered art style, infusing emotionality into more private moments of reflection."--Publishers Weekly