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Counting on Katherine

A picture book by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk.

Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. 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. (From Raincoast Books)

From the book

Excerpted from Counting on Katherine, copyright © 2019. Text by Helaine Becker, illustratations by Dow Phumiruk. Reproduced with permission from Raincoast Books. (Raincoast Books)
Excerpted from Counting on Katherine, copyright © 2019. Text by Helaine Becker, illustratations by Dow Phumiruk. Reproduced with permission from Raincoast Books. (Raincoast Books)

More about Katherine Johnson

Segregated, underestimated and invaluable. A group of African-American women whose job at NASA was to do the math pushed for civil rights and made a lasting mark on the U.S. space program. Author Margot Lee Shetterley shares this hidden story. 25:20

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