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Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon

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Katherine Johnson is the mathematical genius who helped make the historic Apollo 11 moon landings possible and made sure that Apollo 13 returned home safely when the mission was in critical danger. As a child, Katherine 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 maths, about the universe . . . Helaine Becker interviewed Katherine and her family for this authorized biography. From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the true story of a groundbreaking African-American woman who went above and beyond what was expected of her in the 1960s, saving lives and making enormous contributions to history. Featuring Dow Phumiruk's gorgeous full-colour illustrations throughout.

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12th June '19
I read it myself (an adult) , to PixieRabbit aged 6 aged 6 & to Picklefae aged 3 aged 3
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon 9781529005592
5 stars
Katherine Johnson is one of my favourite real life role models so it was lovely to see a simplified book of her life and contributions that I could share with my daughters.
My 6 year old says “it’s not fair that she wasn’t allowed to go to high school everyone is equal and she should be allowed to do maths! It isn’t fair that her dreams were being squashed by silliness.
I liked that she showed everyone that girls and black people can do maths!  I think she was brave when she helped the astronauts with her calculations she is very very clever. Everyone should learn about how great Katherine Johnson is!”
7th June '19
I read it to Bobbin aged 11 aged 11 & to Piglet aged 7 aged 7
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon 9781529005592
5 stars
Without a doubt, this is a five star book! This is the truly inspirational real life story of Katherine Johnson whose love of maths and learning as a child led her to working as part of the team at NASA on the Apollo moon landings. By any standard, that is an enormous achievement but Katherine, with the support of her family, overcame prejudices against her gender and her race. The book grows with Katherine - at first simple, short sentences are used to describe Katherine's childhood, and as she grows and her career progresses, the text becomes longer and more detailed.  The book finishes with a more detailed biography of Katherine.  I really like this style of writing, as it allows this book to be one that can grow with a child - while younger, they can appreciate the picture book aspect, and as they grow older they can delve into more deeper information about Katherine's life.

I also like that the book is very positive about learning in general, and about maths in particular.  My children both love maths, and it's great for them to read book that is so positive about the subject.  I also like that it highlights tenacity and resilience, and inspires a desire to overcome the obstacles to learning.  Overall, this is a beautiful book with inspiring text and illustrations, and there should be a copy of this in every school library. 
31st May '19
I read it to RosaRoo aged 10 aged 10 & to Pioneerclass aged 6 to 7
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon 9781529005592
5 stars
A charming book about Katherine Johnson's life and her ambition to become a mathematician for NASA. Great illustrations and easy to read text makes this book a must for any young girl.
31st May '19
I read it to Squirt aged 5 aged 5
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon 9781529005592
5 stars
We both enjoyed learning more about this amazing woman! A great book showing the story of the brilliant Katherine Johnson, an inspiration to any child. The book shows the difficulties she faced and her perseverance to get what she wanted. 
The book touches on woman's rights and segregation in America which my daughter and I had a good talk about. We loved the illustrations and the mathematical problems she had to solve were explained very well. 
15th June '19
I read it myself (an adult) , to Bookmaster1 aged 9 aged 9 & to Bookmaster2 aged 6 aged 6
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon 9781529005592
5 stars
I like this book because it is about science and space. A black girl called Katherine Johnson who is very smart and becomes the person who lands all the people in space. The book says that Katherine, a real person who is still alive, is famous for doing this. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves space, science and books.
1st June '19
I read it to aiwilford aged 7 aged 7 & to mrwilford aged 5 aged 5
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon 9781529005592
5 stars
I absolutely adored this book! I teach Maths and I am planning to read it to my students! It's about Katherine who was black and so everything was against her with her ambition to be a research mathematician. But she persevered and became a major player at NASA and with the Apollo missions. It is an absolute amazing book and Katherine is a role model to look up to. My kids loved this book; my girl because Katherine is an inspiration and my boy because he adores Maths. Superb book!! 
3rd June '19
I read it to Brobee aged 6 aged 6 & to Toodee aged 4 aged 4
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon 9781529005592
5 stars
Counting on Katherine is the inspirational true story of the mathematician Katherine Johnson. She faced discrimination due to her skin colour and was not considered to be suited to becoming a research mathematician due to being female. However, her determination meant that she was able to apply to NACA (which becane NASA) and, after a year of waiting, finally got a job. She went from the bottom of the ladder, working as a 'computer', to the very top-eventually calculating the flight paths for the first moon landing and saving the lives of the Apollo 13 crew.
The book is wonderfully written and illustrated beautifully. 
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The National Geographic Kid is curious about the world around them, empowered in the face of challenges and responsible for others and the natural world. Combining these principles with the international educational heritage of Collins, this partnership is a natural fit for books that are funny, weird, exploratory, educational and loved by children.

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