She Caught the Light: Williamina Stevens Fleming: Astronomer*


Author: Kathryn Lasky


Illustrator: Julianna Swaney


From Newbery Honor–winning author Kathryn Lasky comes a stunning nonfiction picture book about the incredible true story of Williamina Fleming, a woman who overcame impossible odds and helped pave the way for modern astronomical discovery.

Ever since Williamina “Mina” Fleming was little, she was curious, and her childhood fascination with light inspired her life’s work. Mina became an astronomer in a time when women were discouraged from even looking through telescopes. Yet Mina believed that the universe, with its billions of stars, was a riddle—and she wanted to solve it. Mina ultimately helped to create a map of the universe that paved the way for astronomers. Newbery Honor–winning author Kathryn Lasky shares her inspiring true story, illuminated by amazing art from Julianna Swaney, illustrator of #1 New York Times bestselling We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines.