Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Lucy Knisley


    Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Lucy Knisley. Knopf, 2017.  9780399551857

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? Margaret Hamilton was the first scientist to call herself a software engineer. Her important contributions to space travel, especially the Apollo 11 mission, are recounted for the youngest readers in this engaging picture book biography. Short declarative sentences and bright, simple illustrations give readers a picture of girl who was always curious to know more about her world, and was determined to find out the answers herself. From MIT to NASA to software companies, Hamilton forged her own way. This is an important person for kids to know about, especially kids who are interested in space travel. Back matter includes biographical information, a bibliography and additional sources. Back endpapers show black and white photograph of Hamilton.

To whom would you recommend this book?  For ages 5-9. This would be a great read-aloud for kindergarten and first grade classes.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Biography

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: May 30, 2017

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