DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson
In this kids biography, discover the inspiring story of Katherine Johnson, famed NASA mathematician and one of the subjects of the best-selling book and movie Hidden Figures.
It was an incredible accomplishment when the United States first put a person on the moon but without the incredible behind-the-scenes work of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, such a feat could not have been possible. In this biography for kids ages 8-12, follow Katherines remarkable journey from growing up in West Virginia, to becoming a teacher, to breaking barriers at NASA and receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
Interesting biographies for upper elementary that are packed with information on a variety of topics embedded in the lives of the people covered. Choosing both well-known and not-quite-as-well-known personages, this series delves into their lives in a way guaranteed to “hook” your student and immerse them in another time, culture, or calling. The print size is appropriate for upper elementary readers. Illustrations include photos, drawings, maps, and anything else necessary to draw the reader into the world of the mathematician, physicist, pastor, or political leader, etc. Included in each book is a family tree, a life timeline, glossary, who’s who section (historical figures in the life of the character), and a quiz with answers. Sidebars and insets provide all sorts of interesting tidbits, definitions, and explanations. 128 pgs, pb. ~ Janice