Visiting Author for Schools: Dow Phumiruk

Dow Phumiruk

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Dow Phumiruk

Dow Phumiruk is a general pediatrician with a passion for art. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three girls. When she is not teaching medical students or drawing, she can be found hiking on the trails near her home. Dow illustrated Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 as well as other picture books, including Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines. Dow wrote Mela and the Elephant

ABOUT THE BOOKCounting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film Hidden Figures. You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home? As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe. From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, Counting on Katherine is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.


Elementary School; grades K-2

As many as possible! (We like at least 50 students.)

TBD. And, a bottle of water.

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Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Dow's books: Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.


Mouse's Christmas Gift Cover Image
By Mindy Baker, Dow Phumiruk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780310759003
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Zonderkidz - October 2nd, 2018

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 Cover Image
By Helaine Becker, Tiemdow Phumiruk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250137524
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 19th, 2018

Mela and the Elephant Cover Image
By Dow Phumiruk, Ziyue Chen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781585369980
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sleeping Bear Press - March 15th, 2018

Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250112491
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 2nd, 2017