Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker

Counting on Katherine

The story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the book and film Hidden Figures.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 ki...

Details Counting on Katherine

TitleCounting on Katherine
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt and Co. (BYR)
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, History, Science, Nonfiction, Mathematics, Space, Middle Grade, Juvenile

Reviews Counting on Katherine

  • LauraW
    This is Hidden Figures for the younger set and is well worth its while. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but I think this book is even better at giving a coherent picture of how Katherine Johnson did what she did. If there is any critique I would make about the book, it would be that it doesn't make quite a big enough point about both the sexism and racism that she faced. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend it.
  • Desiree Sotomayor
    I really liked the flow of this one & design. Everyone's heard of Apollo 13, although Katherine Johnson is probably someone not too many folks know, which needs to change!
  • Karen Upper
    What a brilliant, approachable story! the author's succinct phrasing coupled with the fabulous illustrations by Dow Phumiruk are a perfect pairing in allowing young readers to grasp the momentous importance of this woman! Not only did she open the door for Afro-American women, but for all women in the workplace! What an empowering narrative! Thank you for gifting young readers with empowerment! Kudos!๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸHighly recommended for ele...
  • Mireille Messier
    A passion for numbers and a strong will to persevere in the face of seemingly impossible hurdles are what make the story of mathematician Katherine Johnson such a compelling biography. Author Helaine Becker really knocks it out of the park with a clear, concise and kid-friendly retelling of Katherine Johnson's fascinating life. Clever math-filled illustrations by Dow Phumiruk are the icing on the cake. An absolute must for every household and ele...
  • Barbara
    Having loved the film Hidden Figures enough to have bought the book that tells the story of Katherine Johnson's involvement in the space race, I was thrilled to find this picture book. Since it covers some of the similar territory from the film and then goes even further, readers will be immersed in the world of numbers and calculations so loved by Katherine even from a young age. Not only does the book tell about her formative years and her scho...
  • Darlene
    I was given an ARC of this delightful picture book and am so glad I got to read it! The author does a wonderful job engaging young readers from page one regarding one of the "Hidden Figures" behind the scenes during the US space travel era. It's a great introduction to the math and science involved in space flight and how one woman - Katherine Johnson - brought astronauts safely back home from their orbits around the earth. An excellent and enter...
  • Jana
    This awesome picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Katherine Johnson, a research mathematician who was an instrumental part of our country's space program during the race to the moon. Johnson was a bright little girl who overcame obstacles such as gender and race discrimination in order to become a prominent mathematician at NASA. Beautifully illustrated and engaging narrative text, along with more information in an author's note, m...
  • The Bookies Bookstore
    "The magnificent true story of Katherine Johnson. She was made famous by the film HIDDEN FIGURES, but her story starts much earlier. The book is full of inspiration, facts and wonderful artwork. It presents a truth that we need more than ever-you can overcome anything, any odds, if you work hard enough and do not accept the limitations put on you before you are ever born."-Bookie Luke
  • Lisa Day
    What a great book about an amazing person whose story should be shared far and wide. I interviewed Helaine Becker on Book Time about Counting on Katherine, about Katherine Johnson, a woman who helped bring Apollo 13 home.
  • Pam
    Biography of Katherine Johnson for young to middle grade readers.The illustrations support the text and pull the reader into the her life story.Takes us from childhood to after Apollo 13.
  • Cassaundra
    This is a very informative picture book for upper elementary children!
  • Lorie Barber
    Loved the biography highlighting Katherine Johnsonโ€™s optimism and perseverance, and how it was so beautifully supported by the illustrations.