Back of Book:
Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…really good.
They participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America’s first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.
In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as “colored computers,” and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.
The first time I saw Hidden Figures I was fascinated by the four strong women who worked for NASA. When I learned that the author wrote a picture book I was so excited! This book does not disappoint. The book goes into the life of each of these four amazing women. Readers learn about the steps that each woman took to work at NASA. The back of the book has a timeline as well as a biography of each woman. The story is well written and very informational. The illustrations are vibrant and simply stunning! An absolutely needed addition to Black History Month reading lists.
Ages 6 and up