The Story of Katherine Johnson (The Story Of)

by Andrea Thorpe (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: The Story Of

Discover the life of Katherine Johnson--a story about reaching for the stars, for kids ages 6 to 9

Katherine Johnson was one of the best mathematicians in the history of the United States. Before her math skills helped send the first American astronauts safely into space, she was a smart and curious girl who loved to learn new things about the world around her. She studied hard in school and became one of the first Black women hired by NASA to figure out difficult math problems. This book helps kids explore how Katherine went from being a young girl growing up in West Virginia to one of the most important people in American space history.

This Katherine Johnson book for kids includes:

  • Core curriculum--Kids will learn the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Katherine's life, and take a quick quiz to test their knowledge.
  • Her lasting legacy--This book explains how Katherine's talents and contributions made the world a better place for future generations.
  • Short chapters--Brief chapters divide this Katherine Johnson biography into smaller sections that inspire new readers to keep reading.

How will Katherine's out-of-this-world achievements inspire the child in your life?

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Review quotes

"A great biography for young readers, this book is filled with important facts and a timeline to help readers keep track of the ongoing story as it's told. As a teacher, I love the stop and think points and the quiz at the end to review what the reader has learned and to expand on critical thinking points. Very well written and easy for young readers to understand!" —Heather Brown, teacher

"What a beautiful story of a strong, inspiring woman. I found myself a bit emotional reading this children's book and thinking of the many obstacles Johnson had to overcome to become a key figure in our country's history. Children everywhere can learn from and be inspired by Johnson's life and work. Brava to the author for bringing this story to young readers everywhere!" —Tracy Gerhardt-Cooper, writer and teacher

"I enjoyed reading about Katherine Johnson and her life. The author wrote in a way everyone could understand. Reading about mathematician Katherine Johnson made me feel like I was there by using my imagination. Working In a library, I would be thrilled to send this to our patrons. There are so many interesting facts about her; the author makes you want to learn more." —Vivian Colling, librarian
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Rockridge Press
Publication date
December 20, 2021
The Story Of
BISAC categories
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF051010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology | Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
Library of Congress categories

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