Margaret and the Moon (Hardcover)

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"With more and more recognition being given to often forgotten linchpins of major historical events, this charming picture book details the key role that computer programmer Margaret Hamilton had in perhaps the single largest cultural event of the past ftfty years, the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. It shows how Hamilton’s childhood curiosity into how things worked translated into her adulthood job of programming software for various NASA missions, including the Moon Landing. Complimented by Knisley’s simple but warm illustrations, with an afterword detailing how Hamilton was honored by NASA, and what her life was after she left NASA, this is a timely, uplifting book about the importance of curiosity and how pursuit of interest can lead you to have unexpected influences on history."

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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 handwrote 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.
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

Dean Robbins is a journalist and children’s book author. His previous books include Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, and Miss Paul and the President, illustrated by Nancy Zhang. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his family. You can visit him at

Lucy Knisley is a critically acclaimed award-winning comic creator whose previous books include the New York Times bestselling Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. She has also made comics for Marvel, Valiant Comics, and BOOM! Studios. This is her first picture book. Lucy lives in Chicago with her husband and their fluffy orange cat. See more of her work at

Praise For…

"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 starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399551857
ISBN-10: 0399551859
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Pages: 40
Language: English