Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316435178
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

Before she was A Computer Called Katherine (Little, Brown, $18.99), Katherine Johnson was a girl who loved numbers. A quick learner, she began college at fifteen years old—despite racist and sexist attitudes discouraging her, a Black woman, from pursuing an education in mathematics. Women were barred from many workplaces, but Katherine found a job as a “computer” at the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, doing the math that helped men construct airplanes and rockets. When she was recruited to help send the first American astronaut into space—and later, to chart the course for Neil Armstrong’s famous moon landing—she fought to be treated with the same respect as her white, male colleagues. Suzanne Slade, herself a former engineer, uses expressive language to communicate Katherine’s extraordinary journey. Veronica Miller Jamison’s sweeping mixed-media illustrations convey Katherine’s worries, frustrations, and joys as she sent humanity to unprecedented heights. Ages 6-10. Elli Bloomberg

Blast from the Past
The Dinosaur Expert (Mr. Tiffin's Classroom Series) Cover Image
By Margaret McNamara, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553511437
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - July 17th, 2018

Kimmy, a student in Mr. Tiffin's class loves dinosaurs! She knows almost everything there is to know about them and is excited to share all her facts during the class field trip to the natural history museum. After a fellow student's disparaging comments, Kimmy starts to question whether or not girls like her can be paleontologists. In The Dinosaur Expert (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99) written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by Brian Karas readers will follow Kimmy and the other students of Mr. Tiffin's class as they learn all about dinosaurs and celebrate the scientific contributions of women paleontologists around the world. Ages 6-9. Emily Griswold

YA Pick
Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall Cover Image
By Anita Silvey, Jane Goodall (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781426315183
Availability: Backordered
Published: National Geographic Children's Books - June 9th, 2015

It’s hard to imagine a world in which we don’t know how smart and creative chimpanzees are. But before Jane Goodall started her groundbreaking research in what is now the Gombe National Park in Tanzania, humanity had no idea how much we could learn from our closest animal relatives. In Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall (National Geographic, $18.99), Anita Silvey traces the life and career of the woman who revolutionized the study of primates. With accessible language and fascinating anecdotes, Silvey clearly communicates Goodall’s passion for research and conservation. Readers will be inspired by the scientist’s determined approach to everything in her life—her persistence as she followed chimpanzees and slowly gained their trust, her attention to detail in her scientific writing, and her later commitment to worldwide science education. This biography’s clear organizational structure makes it an ideal research tool. Ages 8-12. Elli Bloomberg