Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Henry Holt & Company

Helaine Becker

Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 90 books for children and young adults, including the #1 Canadian national bestseller and “enduring Canadian Christmas classic” A Porcupine in a Pine Tree (Scholastic Canada) and the international bestseller Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 (Henry Holt). She’s a multi-time winner of the Silver Birch Award and a two-time winner of the Lane Anderson Award for science writing for children. She has had three nonfiction titles recognized by the Junior Library Guild. Her books have been recipients of The Cook Prize, the Giverny Prize, Bank Street Best of the Year, Red Cedar Award, Eureka Award and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book. They have been translated into eleven languages and are sold in dozens of countries around the world. Helaine has toured four times for Canadian Children’s Book Week and has been a featured speaker at the World Science Festival, Vancouver Writers Fest, Tucson Festival of Books, the Frye Festival, ALOUD, Weaving Words and many more. She speaks to thousands of kids annually at schools and libraries all over the world, inspiring children to discover for themselves the super power of literacy. A New York native, Helaine has lived happily in Toronto for more than 20 years. She shares her home with her husband and a Hungarian sheepdog named Ella. (Her two grown sons, wisely, live elsewhere) She is also a certified pyrotechnician, so — KABOOM! — expect fireworks at any time.


Partial list of publications: and awards:
Henry Holt and Co.
Counting on Katherine (2018)
2019 Cook Prize Best STEM Book Winner
2019 Giverny Award for Best Science Book of the Year
2019 Washington Towner Award Shortlist
2019 Bank Street Best Books of the Year
2019 ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Selection
2019 Clover Award (VT) Shortlist
2019 ILA Teachers’ Choices Reading List
2019 NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books
2019 Mathical Honor Prize
2019 Korea Morning Calm Medal Shortlist
2018 Junior Library Guild Selection
2018 CCBC Best Books 2018 Starred Review
2018 Chicago Pub. Library Best Books of the Year
2019 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books
2018 Children’s Book Review Best Nonfiction Picture Books
2018 OLA Best Bets for 2018

National Geographic Kids
Everything: Space (2015)
2016 Silver Birch Award shortlist

Scholastic Canada
The Canadian Kids’ Guide to Outdoor Fun (2019)
Merry Quizmas! (2018)
Stress Less! (2018)
You’ve Got This! ( 2019)
Do Beavers Eat Poutine? Quiz Book (2017)
Deck the Halls (2016)
2019 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
Don’t Stress! (2016)
Top Secret Quiz Book (2016)
Would You Survive? Quiz Book (2015)
Quiz Book About Me…and You! (2015)
Dashing Through the Snow (2014)
2014 National Bestseller
2018 CCBC Best Books for Kids/Teens Quiz Book for BFFs 2 (2014)
Do You Dare? (2014)
Ode to Underwear (2013)
Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner (2013)
2013 OLA Best Bet – Hon. Mention
Resource Links, Year’s Best Books
A Porcupine in a Pine Tree (2010)
2011 #1 National Bestseller
2012,2013, 2014 National Bestseller
2015 100 Best Canadian Books of All Time – Today’s Parent
Globe and Mail Bestseller
CBC Bestseller
Quill & Quire Bestseller
CBA Bestseller
Winner, CBA Libris Awards – Picture Book of the Year, 2011
Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2011
CBC Children’s Book Pick, 2011
OLA Best Bets Top Ten Picture Book
Resource Links, Year’s Best 2010
The Haunted House that Jack Built (2010)
The Hilarious History of Hockey (2010)
2011 Hackmatack Award Shortlist
Quiz Book for Boys (2010)
Quiz Book for Girls (2011)
Quiz Book for Spies (2012)
Quiz Books for BFFs (2012)
Looney Bay All-Stars Fiction Series:
Vol. 1 Pirate Power Play (2006)
2007 ‘Our Choice’ Selection
Vol. 2 Attack by Knight (2006)
2007 ‘Our Choice’ Selection
Vol. 3 Vikings Have a Field Day (2007)
Vol. 4 Explorers out of Bounds (2007)
Vol. 5 The Emperor Strikes Out (2007)
Vol. 6 Egyptian Slam Dunk (2008)
Vol. 7 Final Faceoff (2008)

DK Books
Our Great Prime Ministers (2017)
2018 CCBC BEST BOOKS for Kids/Teens

Dancing Cat Books
Gottika (2014)
2014 CCBC Best Books for Kids/Teens
2015 Sydney Taylor YA Notable Book

Orca Books
You Can Read (2017)
2019 JB Stuchner Funniest Book Shortlist
2017 Resource Links The Year’s Best
2018 CLEL Bell Award Shortlist
2018 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada
Dirk Daring, Secret Agent (2014)
2015 CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens Dirk Daring 2:Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (2016)

Owlkids Books
Sloth Goes to the Zoom (2018)
2018 First and Best 2018 – Toronto Public Library
2019 CCBC Best Books for Kids/Teens
Worms for Breakfast (2016)
2017 Willow Award Shortlist
2016 Junior Library Guild Selection
2016 Silver Birch Award shortlist
2016 CCBC Best Books for Kids and
Teens – Starred Selection
2017 Hackmatack Award Shortlist

Kids Can Press
Megabugs! (2019)
HuBots (2018)
2019 CCBC Best Books for Kids/Teens
2019 Rocky Mountain Award Shortlist
2018 Calif.Reading Assoc Eureka Silver Award
Lines, Bars and Circles (2017)
2018 Bank Street Best Books of 2018
2017 CCBC Best Books for Kids Starred Selection
2017 Calif.Reading Assoc Eureka Silver Award
Monster Science (2016)
2018 NYC Reads 365 List
2017 Silver Birch Award Honour Book
2016 Lane Anderson Award Shortlist
2017 Hackmatack Award Shortlist
2017 Rocky Mountain Award Shortlist
2016 Calif.Reading Assoc Eureka Silver Award
2016 OLA Best Bet Zoobots (2014)
2015 Diamond Willow Award Shortlist
2015 CSWA Science In Society Youth Book Shortlist
2014 Junior Library Guild Selection
2014 Capital Choices Best Books Nominee
2014 Silver Birch Honour Book
2014 CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens – Starred Selection
Alphabest (2012)
2013 Shortlist – National Cartoonists’ Society Best Book Illustration
The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea (2012)
2013 Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing for Children
2013 CSWA Outstanding Youth Book Award
2013 Shortlist Red Cedar Award
2013 Longlist – Information Book Award
2014 Shortlist – Rocky Mountain Award


Twitter: @helainebecker
Instagram: @helainebecker

Dow Phumiruk

Dow Phumiruk is an award-winning author and illustrator of several children’s books. Dow primarily works digitally with scanned traditional media samples. Her favorite subjects are children (especially girls) and animals. Dow credits the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her success in the industry. She has been a member since 2011 and now volunteers for this professional organization. Dow is represented by East West Literary Agency. Look for her author/illustrator debut coming in fall 2020!
Dow was born in Bangkok, Thailand and moved to the United States at a very young age. She now lives in Lone Tree, Colorado with her husband and three artistic daughters, two guinea pigs, one hamster, one tiny frog, and an old bearded dragon named Sparkles. Dow also enjoys fast and furious sewing projects and limited (she’s not that athletic) hiking. Dow is also a general pediatrician working part time in academic medicine.


Illustrator of:
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, by Jeanne Walker Harvey
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13, by Helaine Becker
Mouse’s Christmas Gift, by Mindy Baker
Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team, by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran

Author of:
Mela and the Elephant, illustrated by Ziyue Chen


Twitter/Instagram: @dowphumiruk
Facebook: Art by Dow