Margaret and the Moon: Margaret Hamilton knew how many miles it was to the moon and back. She loved using math to solve problems in the outside world.
Margaret and the Moon: A true story from one of the Women of NASA!
Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world.
Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She hand wrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9. Apollo 10. Apollo 11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed.
With Margaret and the Moon, Dean Robbins and Lucy Knisley deliver a lovely portrayal of a pioneer in her field who never stopped reaching for the stars.
About the Author & Illustrator:
Dean Robbins idolized real-life heroes ever since I was a child. He grew up reading and writing, so it’s no surprise I became a journalist. I had a long career as a reporter, editor, and critic, writing about movies, music, theater, literature, and other subjects for magazines and newspapers around the country. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and son. Read more about him here.
Lucy Knisley is a critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator. She lives in Chicago. She specializes in personal, confessional graphic novels and travelogues. Her last name is confusing and has a silent K. It’s pronounced kind-of like “nigh-slee.”
A Few Reviews:
“A superb introduction to the life of one girl whose dreams were out-of-this-world.”—Kirkus Reviews starred review
“As the contributions of women in STEM fields gain increased attention and appreciation, Robbins and Knisley deliver an inspiring tribute to a true innovator.”—Publishers Weekly
“This book describes a woman who was fascinated by the stars as a child and grew up to be a fantastic scientist. Although as an adult I know that Margaret Hamilton is an important role model for kids, my kids just love this book. They are really interested in the idea of someone growing up to be a scientist! I think they like reading biographical stories, and this one is just their speed. My son (2) and daughter (5) both adore it. I found out about this book because I will buy anything by Lucy Knisley, and her illustrations are enchanting as always. My kids choose this book pretty frequently for bedtime reading.” – Amazon Reviewer Shrew and Snail