Since its release in September 2016, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by author Margot Lee Shetterly reached the number 1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list, and was brought to life on the big screen in the Academy Award–nominated movie (2017) of the same name. This January, Margot and illustrator Laura Freeman will be releasing the next iteration of this incredibly inspiring true story… a Hidden Figures picture book.

Through the 40 pages of Margot and Laura’s beautifully illustrated Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, picture book readers will get to know Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, and experience the story of how these “female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as ‘colored computers,'” overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.

The picture book casts a wider spotlight onto these four pioneering women who “participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America’s first journeys into space.” It conveys how Dorothy, Mary, Katherine, and Christine did this “during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do.” Undeterred, “They worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world,” as the publisher’s synopsis notes.

Written for age 4-8 or grade levels preschool – 3, Margot’s Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race picture book will be released on January 16, 2018. You can pre-order it now.


What You Should Know About Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in her book Hidden Figures. In addition to being a bestselling author, she’s also an entrepreneur, and the founder of The Human Computer Project, an endeavor that is recovering the names and accomplishments of all of the women who worked as computers, mathematicians, scientists and engineers at the NACA and NASA from the 1930s through the 1980s. Margot, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, currently lives in Charlottesville, VA.

Book cover courtesy of Harper Collins Publishers; Margot’s photo credit to margotleeshetterly.com