While Neil Armstrong’s name is synonymous with space travel, until the film ‘Hidden Figures,’ was released little was known about the mathematicians who careful calculations made the moon landings possible. In particular the story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American who worked for NASA and despite being a mathematical genius faced racism and sexism to have her voice heard. Her determination and her desire to learn everything about the universe drove her to challenge the institutions that would hold her back. This picture book biography gives us an insight into Katherine a child who loved to count and was fascinated by the world around her and the journey she took to becoming a crucial part of America’s space programme. Beautifully illustrated with accessible information, this is a truly inspirational read.
Absolutely loved this - it works on so many levels, firstly as a story, secondly as a fascinating historical account, and thirdly as a discussion text on equal rights! The illustrations are super and the text, both of the story and the factual information are very clear. Will be using this for Year 5 space topic as well as recommending from Year 2 upwards, a lovely book to use alongside any work on space.