Title: Hidden Figures
Author: Margot Lee Shetterly
Recommended for: 8-12 years old
Call Number/Link: J 629.4 LEE
Synopsis: Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.
Review: I think this is a very interesting book that highlights what women were doing behind the scenes in the equal rights movement. A real revelation that it is never how it seems and always nice to see people being given recognition for their contributions to society. This would be a great read aloud for an elementary school classroom and will undoubtly be a book to reach for during Black History Month this coming year.