Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer (She Made History)

by Laura Gehl (Author) Alex Oxton (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
This empowering picture book biography tells the story of Nancy Grace Roman, the astronomer who overcame obstacles like weak eyesight and teachers who discouraged women from pursuing astronomy to lead the NASA team that built the Hubble Space Telescope. A testament to women in scientific careers and a record of an important NASA milestone.

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Laura Gehl
Laura Gehl is the author of One Big Pair of Underwear, Goat Wants to Eat, Dog Can Hide, and Cat Sees Snow. She lives with her husband and their four kids in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Visit her online at

Reggie Brown is an artist and children's book illustrator. He has a background in corporate graphic design, and is now focusing on illustrating for children. His multicultural upbringing as an African American and Filipino man is what drives his true passion of illustrating children's stories and bringing underrepresented voices alive through his art. Reggie is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and lives in San Diego, California, where he enjoys eating burritos, watching Star Wars, and spending time with his wife.
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Guided Reading Level
Albert Whitman & Company
Publication date
October 20, 2019
She Made History
BISAC categories
JNF007090 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Science & Technology
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF051010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology | Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
JNF051040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Astronomy
Library of Congress categories
United States
Officials and employees
Hubble Space Telescope (Spacecraft)
Women astronomers
Roman, Nancy Grace

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